A continuing challenge facing the Union in the 2003-2007 time-frame is to remain a pre-eminent intergovernmental organization where Member States, Sector Members and Associates work together to enable the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the global information economy and society - thus advancing the "right to communicate".
The general goals, strategies and priorities of the Union are achieved through the activities of the Plenipotentiary Conference, the Council and its three Sectors, supported by the General Secretariat, through the Sector conferences and assemblies, and through general activities. One of the Union's more important activities is its contribution to the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The purposes of the Union, as set out in Article 1 of the Constitution, apply to the Union as a whole, so its organizational units share in a number of strategic orientations and goals for the 2004-2007 period.
The Union will undertake priority actions to achieve the following goals (not listed in any special order), with linkage in each of the Sectors' priorities to the relevant goal:
Maintain and extend international cooperation among all Member States and with appropriate regional organizations for the improvement and rational use of telecommunications of all kinds, taking the leading role in United Nations system initiatives on information and communication technologies.
Assist in bridging the international digital divide in information and communication technologies (ICT), by facilitating development of fully interconnected and interoperable networks and services to promote global connectivity and by taking a leading role in the preparations for, and taking due account of the relevant results of, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Widen the Union's membership, extend and facilitate cooperative participation of an increasing number of administrations and organizations.
Develop tools, based on contributions from members, to safeguard the integrity and interoperability of networks.
Continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ITU's structures and services and their relevance to the membership.
Disseminate information and know-how to provide the membership, particularly developing countries, with capabilities to respond to the challenges of privatization, competition, globalization and technological change.