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Landmark decisions from Guadalajara
The Council
 

Allocation of seats of Council Member States

Resolution 164 (New)

The Council is composed of Member States elected every four years by the Plenipotentiary Conference. As reported in the October 2010 issue of ITU News, the conference decided to increase the number of seats of Council Member States from 46 to 48 (see list below). Resolution 164 outlines the method for allocating seats of Council Member States among the five administrative regions.

Establishment of a Council working group on a stable ITU Constitution

Resolution 163 (New)

Numerous amendments have been made to the Constitution and Convention at plenipotentiary conferences. These amendments require ITU Member States to undertake a complex and lengthy process for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with regard to the amended instrument. A stable Constitution would help resolve this difficulty.

To achieve this, a new resolution entitled “establishment of a Council working group on a stable ITU Constitution” instructed the extraordinary session of the 2010 Council meeting in Guadalajara on 22 October to establish such a group and to designate its chairman and vice-chairmen. The group will be open to all ITU Member States, and its terms of reference are annexed to the new resolution.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General will conduct a study on the mechanisms used by other United Nations organizations to bring into force amendments to their “basic instruments” and report to the 2011 or 2012 session of the Council. The results of the study will be circulated to all Member States before the next Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014, which will also consider and take action on a draft stable Constitution, to be prepared under the terms of this resolution.

Independent Management Advisory Committee

Resolution 162 (New)

Recognizing that the establishment of an independent management advisory committee contributes to effective oversight and governance of an organization, the conference decided that an Independent Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) will be set up. The new resolution instructs the Council to establish IMAC on a trial basis for four years and to report to the next Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014.

Creation and management of Council working groups

Decision 11 (New)

Over the last four years, it has become apparent that the schedule of the Council and its working groups has put considerable strain on Member State and Sector Member resources, which have also been impacted by the global economic and financial crisis.

A new resolution calls on the Council at its ordinary session in 2011 to only create its working groups on the basis of the key issues, goals, strategies and priorities set for ITU for the years 2012–2015. And to the extent possible, the Council should plan the meetings of its working groups to fit within the agenda and timing of its annual sessions.

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