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World Radiocommunication Conference 2000

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Structure of the Conference

The Conference consists of 4 statutory committees, 2 substantive committees, and 2 working groups of the plenary.

The Conference will be chaired by Mr. Fatih Mehmet Yurdal (Turkey) assisted by vice-chairpersons to be elected by the Conference, taking account the need for an equitable geographical balance.

The statutory committees are: Steering committee, Credential Committee, Budget control Committee and Editorial Committee.

Statutory Committees


Steering committee

composed of the Chairman and Vice-Chairpersons of the Conference and of the Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons of the other Committees and of the Working Groups of the Plenary

Credential Committee Chairman: Mr A.M.T. Abu (Nigeria)
Vice-Chairman: Mr R. Chen (China)
Budget control Committee Chairman: Mr B. Gracie (Canada)
Vice-Chairman: H.E. Mr M. Tabeshian (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Editorial Committee Chairperson: Mr L. Bourgeat (France) 
Vice-Chairpersons: Mr M. Johnson (United Kingdom) and Mr C. Menendez ArgŁelles (Spain)

The substantive committees, the working groups of the plenary and their work programme are as follows:

Committee/Working Group

Agenda Item

Working Group of the Plenary 1 Chairperson: Mr R. Zeitoun (Canada)
Vice-Chairpersons: Mr S. Djematene (Algeria) and Mr A. Frederich (Sweden)
  • to consider the report of the inter-conference representative group (IRG) submitted by the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau and determine the basis for replanning by the next conference so as to afford each country an amount of spectrum that permits the economical development of a broadcasting-satellite service system (Agenda item 1.19)
  • in accordance with article S14, to consider objections expressed by administrations with respect to the radio regulation board rules of procedure relating to the application of RR 2674/S23.13 in order for the bureau to modify its findings in accordance with the conclusions of the conference (Agenda item 1.19bis)
  • to consider the issues related to the application of Nos. S9.8, S9.9 and S9.17 and the corresponding parts of appendix S5 with respect to appendices S30 and S30a, with a view to possible deletion of articles 6 and 7 of appendices S30 and S30a, also taking into consideration Recommendation 35 (WRC-95) (Agenda item 1.20)
  • to consider the report from the Radiocommunication Bureau on results of the analysis in accordance with Resolution 53 (WRC-97) and take appropriate actions (Agenda item 1.21)
  • and to consider any other item submitted to the Working Group of the Plenary.
Working Group of the Plenary 2 Chairperson: Mr E. George (Germany)
Mr A. Zourmba (Cameroon)
  • to review, and take appropriate action on those items of the report from the Radiocommunication Assembly submitted in accordance with Nos. 135 and 136 of the Convention (Geneva, 1992) (Agenda item 5)

  • to identify those items requiring urgent actions by the radiocommunication study groups in preparation for the next World Radiocommunication Conference (Agenda item 6)

in accordance with Article 7 of the Convention (Geneva, 1992):

  • to consider and approve the report of the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau on the activities of the Radiocommunication Sector since WRC-97 (Agenda item 7.1)

  • to recommend to the Council items for inclusion in the agenda for the next WRC, and to give its views on the preliminary agenda for the subsequent conference and on possible agenda items for future conferences (Agenda item 7.2)

  • to consider any other item submitted to the Working Group of the Plenary.

Committee 4: Regulatory Matters

Chairperson: Mr H. Railton (RRB)
Mr N. Kisrawi (Syria) and Mr L. Petzer (South Africa)
Review of footnotes
  • Agenda item 1.1

requests from administrations to delete their country footnotes or to have their country name deleted from footnotes, if no longer required, in accordance with Resolution 26 (rev.WRC-97)

Review of Appendix S3
  • Agenda item 1.2

to finalize remaining issues in the review of appendix S3 to the Radio Regulations with respect to spurious emissions for space services, taking into account Recommendation 66 (rev.WRC-97) and the decisions of WRC-97 on adoption of new values, due to take effect at a future time, of spurious emissions for space services

Review of Appendix S7
  • Agenda item 1.3

to consider the results of ITU-R studies in respect of appendix S7/28 on the method for the determination of the coordination area around an earth station in frequency bands shared among space services and terrestrial radiocommunication services, and take the appropriate decisions to revise this appendix

Earth station on vessels
  • Agenda item 1.8

to consider regulatory and technical provisions to enable earth stations located on board vessels to operate in the fixed-satellite service (FSS) networks in the bands 3 700 - 4 200 MHz and 5 925 - 6 425 MHz, including their coordination with other services allocated in these bands

Appendix S30 and S30A
  • Agenda item 1.20

at the request of GT/Plen 1, to consider any issue related to the application of Nos. S9.8, S9.9 and S9.17 and the corresponding parts of appendix S5 with respect to appendices S30 and S30A, with a view to possible deletion of articles 6 and 7 of appendices S30 and S30A, also taking into consideration Recommendation 35 (WRC-95)

Incorporation by reference
  • Agenda item 2

to examine the revised ITU-R Recommendations incorporated by reference in the Radio Regulations in accordance with Resolution 28 (WRC-95); and decide whether or not to update the corresponding references in the Radio Regulations, in accordance with principles contained in the annex to Resolution 27 (rev.WRC-97)

Review of Resolutions and Recommendations
  • Agenda item 4

in accordance with Resolution 95 (WRC-97), to review the Resolutions and recommendations of previous conferences with a view to their possible revision, replacement or abrogation

Plenipotentiary Conference Resolutions
  • Resolution 80: WRC process

  • Resolution 85: Evaluation of Administrative Due diligence

  • Resolution 86: Satellite filings procedure

  • Resolution 87: Role of the notifying administration on behalf of a named group of administrations

  • Resolution 88: Processing charges for satellite network filings

  • to consider any other item submitted to the Committee by the Plenary

Committee 5: Allocations Matters

Chairperson: Mr C. van Diepenbeek (Netherlands)
Mr H.K. Al-Shankiti (Saudi Arabia) and Mr H. Fernandez Macbeath (Cuba)
High Density Fixed Service
  • Agenda item 1.4

to consider issues concerning allocations and regulatory aspects related to Resolutions 126 (WRC-97), 128 (WRC-97), 129 (WRC-97), 133 (WRC-97), 134 (WRC-97) and 726 (WRC-97)

High Altitude Platforms
  • Agenda item 1.5

to consider regulatory provisions and possible additional frequency allocations for services using high altitude platform stations, taking into account the results of ITU-R studies conducted in response to Resolution 122 (WRC-97)

  • Agenda item 1.6.1

review of spectrum and regulatory issues for advanced mobile applications in the context of IMT-2000, noting that there is an urgent need to provide more spectrum for the terrestrial component of such applications and that priority should be given to terrestrial mobile spectrum needs, and adjustments to the table of frequency allocations as necessary;

  • Agenda item 1.6.2

identification of a global radio control channel to facilitate multimode terminal operation and worldwide roaming of IMT-2000

Review of use of the HF bands by mobile maritime and mobile aeronautical services
  • Agenda item 1.7

review of the use of the HF bands by the aeronautical mobile (R) and maritime mobile services with a view to protecting operational, distress and safety communications, taking into account Resolution 346 (WRC-97)

Feasibility of an MSS allocation (space to earth) in the bands 1559-1567 MHz
  • Agenda item 1.9

to take into account the results of ITU-R studies in evaluating the feasibility of an allocation in the space-to-earth direction to the mobile-satellite service (MSS) in a portion of the 1 559 - 1 567 MHz frequency range, in response to Resolutions 213 (WRC-97) and 220 (WRC-97)

Feasibility of a generic MSS allocation in the bands 1.5-1.7 GHz
  • Agenda item 1.10

to consider results of ITU-R studies carried out in accordance with Resolution 218 (WRC-97) and take appropriate action on this subject

Review of worldwide NGSO MSS allocations below 1 GHz
  • Agenda item 1.11

to consider constraints on existing allocations and to consider additional allocations on a worldwide basis for the non-geostationary (non-GSO) MSS below 1 GHz, taking into account the results of ITU-R studies conducted in response to Resolutions no. 214 (rev.WRC-97) and 219 (WRC-97)

NGSO MSS and GSO FSS feeder links in the bands 20/30 GH z
  • Agenda item 1.12

to consider the progress of studies on sharing between feeder links of non-GSO MSS networks and GSO FSS networks in the bands 19.3 - 19.7 GHz and 29.1 - 29.5 GHz, taking into account Resolution 121 (rev. WRC-97)


on the basis of the results of the studies in accordance with Resolutions 130 (WRC-97), 131 (WRC-97) and 538 (WRC-97):

  • Agenda item 1.13.1
    to review and, if appropriate, revise the power limits appearing in articles S21 and S22 in relation to the sharing conditions among non-GSO FSS, GSO FSS, GSO broadcasting-satellite service (BSS), space sciences and terrestrial services, to ensure the feasibility of these power limits and that these limits do not impose undue constraints on the development of these systems and services;
  • Agenda item 1.13.2
    to consider the inclusion in other frequency bands of similar limits in articles S21 and S22, or other regulatory approaches to be applied in relation to sharing situations
NGSO MSS feeder links in the band 15 GHz
  • Agenda item 1.14

to review the results of the studies on the feasibility of implementing non-GSO MSS feeder links in the 15.43 - 15.63 GHz in accordance with Resolution 123 (WRC-97)

Radionavigation satellite
  • Agenda item 1.15.1
    to consider new allocations to the radionavigation-satellite service in the range from 1 GHz to 6 GHz required to support developments;
  • Agenda item 1.15.2
    to consider the addition of the space-to-space direction to the radionavigation-satellite service allocations in the bands 1 215 - 1 260 MHz and 1 559 - 1 610 MHz;
  • Agenda item 1.15.3
    to consider the status of allocations to services other than the radionavigation-satellite service (Nos. S5.355 and S5.359) in the band 1 559 - 1 610 MHz;
Passive allocations >71 GHz
  • Agenda item 1.16

to consider allocation of frequency bands above 71 GHz to the earth exploration-satellite (passive) and radio astronomy services, taking into account Resolution 723 (WRC-97)

Earth exploration and space research

Passive allocations at 18 GHz

  • Agenda item 1.17

to consider possible worldwide allocation for the earth exploration-satellite (passive) and space research (passive) services in the band 18.6 - 18.8 GHz, taking into account the results of the ITU-R studies

Digital technologies in mobile maritime (Appendix S18)
  • Agenda item 1.18

to consider the use of new digital technology for the maritime mobile service in the band 156 - 174 MHz and consequential revision of appendix 18/S18, taking into account Resolution 342 (WRC-97)

  • to consider any other item submitted to the Committee by the Plenary