ITU Members — A Union of Respect
Unique among UN specialized agencies, ITU's membership comprises Member States, represented by their respective government administrations, and Sector Members, which include private and public sector entities such as operators, manufacturers and regulators as well as telecommunications-related organizations such as NGOs and research and training institutes.
Since its establishment more than 135 years ago, ITU has grown to become one of the most widely-represented organizations in the world, with 189 Member
States along with some 660 Sector Members and more than 40 Associates who, between them, represent all the major players from all sectors of the
Growing interest in ITU activities continued to drive demand for membership across the ITU–R, ITU–T and ITU–D Sectors during 2001, with a sector membership
growth of 7.8% and a 4.9% increase in Associates.
The Telecommunication Standardization Sector, in particular, reported in 2001 a marked rise in membership, with 46 new Sector Members and 28 Associates,
representing an 11% increase on the 2000 figure. Representing service providers, manufacturers, consultancies and international organizations, some of these new
members also came from the developing world.
In line with efforts to increase responsiveness and address the evolving needs of members in a fast-changing environment, the year 2001 saw growing
interest in the new category of partners — Sector Associates — that allows smaller companies to bring their innovative contributions to the work of a
particular study group within their Sector of choice.
This increased participation from the private sector reflects the Union's rapidly broadening membership base, which now includes not only telecommunication operators and equipment manufacturers, but software developers, Internet service providers, financial institutions, specialized consultancies, research agencies, publishing houses, and even universities. National regulatory authorities also continued to account for a growing component of ITU's membership in 2001, in recognition of the Union's increasingly active role in international policy-making.
With intense pressure from Sector Members and Associates for ever-fasterdelivery of timely standards, sustaining the growth levels reported this yearwould depend in large part on the success of ITU's reform process and therelated decisions of the Marrakesh Plenipotentiary Conference, scheduled forSeptember 2002.