PAST WORK ON ITRs
In June, 2001, the ITU Council reviewed the work of the reform of the International
Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) (available in Word,
The Secretary-General submitted a report
to the 2001 session of Council (June 18 - 29) with the results of
the questionnaire sent to all Member
States and Sector Members of the ITU to obtain their views on the reform
of the ITRs. The following analysis gives details of the comments (HTML,
made by the respondents, and classification (HTML,
of the responses received by the ITU Secretariat.
Australia, taking note of the work on the ITRs carried out so far,
provided the members of the ITU Council 2001 with a separate document
on this subject for their consideration.
During the 2001 session, Council agreed that further consideration by
Members of the ITU was required, and opinions on this issue should be
forwarded to the Secretary-General on a voluntary basis. A final
report by the Secretary-General before the next Plenipotentiary Conference
(Marrakech, September 2002) will be submitted to the 2002 Council to
report any further considerations provided by the ITU membership.
Further to a request made by the 2001 Council members, the
Secretary-General will also suggest possible dates for a conference to be
held on this subject and an estimate of the costs involved.
For the 2000 Session of Council (19 - 28 July, 2000), the Secretary-General of the ITU
delivered a report
covering the work carried
out by the Expert Group nominated by the 1999 ITU Council. The Council agreed that a questionnaire, drafted in
consultation with the Expert Group, should be distributed to obtain the views of
the membership on this issue and that the results should be reported to the 2001
session of the Council.
The Expert Group, chaired by
Mr. Roy Blane (INMARSAT), duly considered the reform of the
International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). The chair's Executive
Summary (HTML, WinWord,
a record of the work of the Group.
The Expert Group
first met in Plenary, in Geneva, on 8-10
November 1999. The documents from this meeting are also available,
including an initial review of the ITRs prepared by the ITU secretariat.
The Executive Summary contains the reports of two working groups that were
Group A: "to progress the elements of work concerning Regulatory Issues
and the concerns of Developing Countries", in PDF
Group B: "to progress the review of basic instruments with a view to
meeting the current and future needs of Member States, either by revising or
integrating the ITRs", in PDF
addition the Executive summary contains a third annex entitled:
4: "to defer determinations on whether to change the ITRs", in PDF
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Background documents and working documents are also available,
as well as the contributions
from the Expert Group since the meeting in November.