DECISION  3  (Minneapolis, 1998)

Treatment of decisions,
resolutions and recommendations
of plenipotentiary conferences

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

a)                that the adoption of a permanent Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) has contributed to the efficiency of plenipotentiary conferences;

b)                that, at past plenipotentiary conferences, all the decisions, resolutions and recommendations of the preceding conference have been examined and a new set adopted, even if it repeats, totally or partially, some of the previous output;

c)                that the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) started a new numbering system for decisions, resolutions and recommendations, independent of the numbering system used in previous plenipotentiary conferences;

d)                that these practices concerning decisions, resolutions and recom­mendations are not ideal, in that they have resulted in certain inefficiencies and potential for confusion;

e)                that a new numbering system for decisions, resolutions and recom­mendations is required in order to avoid confusion,

decides

1                 that resolutions of an ITU plenipotentiary conference remain in effect unless they are revised or abrogated by a subsequent plenipotentiary conference;


2                 that the final acts of a plenipotentiary conference should also include:

–      the full text of new and revised resolutions, together with a list of their titles and numbers;

–      a list of abrogated resolutions showing their titles and numbers, but no text;

3                 that resolutions should be identified as follows:

3.1              resolutions not amended:

i)     a resolution of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) the text of which is not amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) should continue to be identified by its existing number, with the addition of “(Kyoto, 1994)” after the number, e.g. Resolution AAA (Kyoto, 1994);

ii)    resolutions not amended by plenipotentiary conferences subsequent to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) should retain their existing designation;

3.2              new resolutions:

new resolutions adopted by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) and subsequent plenipotentiary conferences should be numbered consecutively, starting from the next number to the last one adopted at the preceding plenipotentiary conference, together with the city and the year in parentheses, e.g. Resolution BBB (Minneapolis, 1998);

3.3              revised resolutions:

resolutions revised at the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) and subsequent plenipotentiary conferences should retain the same number as before, together with the abbreviation “Rev.”, the city and the year in parentheses, e.g. Resolution CCC (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998);

4                 that decisions and recommendations of plenipotentiary conferences should also be treated in the manner described in decides 1 to 3.3 above.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)


 

DECISION  5  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Income and expenditure for the Union
for the period 2008-2011

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

the strategic plans and goals established for the Union and its Sectors for the period 2008-2011, and the priorities identified therein,

considering further

a)                Resolution 91 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference, on general principles for cost recovery;

b)                that, in the consideration of the draft financial plan of the Union for 2008-2011, the gap between income and expenditure was substantial,

noting

that this conference has adopted Resolution 151 (Antalya, 2006) on the implementation of results-based management in ITU, an important component of which relates to planning, programming, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and which should lead, inter alia, to further strengthening of the financial management system of the Union,

noting further

that Resolution 48 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference stresses the importance of the human resources of the Union for the fulfilment of its goals and objectives,


decides

1                 that the Council is authorized to draw up the two biennial budgets of the Union in such a way that the total expenditure of the General Secretariat and the three Sectors of the Union is balanced by the anticipated income, on the basis of Annex 1 to this decision, taking into account the following:

1.1              that the upper limit of the amount of the contributory unit of Member States for the years 2008-2011 shall be CHF 330 000;

1.2              that, for the years 2008-2009, the contributory unit of Member States shall not exceed CHF 318 000;

1.3              that expenditure on interpretation, translation and text processing in respect of the official languages of the Union shall not exceed CHF 85 million for the years 2008-2011;

1.4              that, when adopting the biennial budgets of the Union, the Council may decide to give the Secretary-General the possibility, in order to meet unanticipated demand, to increase the budget for products or services which are subject to cost recovery, within the limit of the income from cost recovery for that activity;

1.5              that the Council shall each year control the expenditure and income in the budget as well as the different activities and the related expenditure;

2                 that, if no plenipotentiary conference is held in 2010, the Council shall establish the biennial budgets of the Union for 2012 and thereafter, having first obtained approval for the budgeted annual values of the contributory unit from a majority of the Member States of the Union;

3                 that the Council may authorize expenditure in excess of the limits for conferences, meetings and seminars if such excess can be compensated by sums within the expenditure limits accrued from previous years or charged to the following year;


4                 that the Council shall, during each budgetary period, assess the changes that have taken place and the changes likely to take place in the current and coming budgetary periods under the following items:

4.1              salary scales, pension contributions and allowances, including post adjustments, established by the United Nations common system and applicable to the staff employed by the Union;

4.2              the exchange rate between the Swiss franc and the United States dollar in so far as this affects the staff costs for those staff members on United Nations scales;

4.3              the purchasing power of the Swiss franc in respect of non-staff items of expenditure;

5                 that the Council shall have the task of effecting every possible economy, in particular taking into account the options for reducing expenditure contained in Annex 2 to this decision, and considering the application of the concept of unfunded mandatory activities (UMACs)[1], and, to this end, that it shall establish the lowest possible authorized level of expenditure commensurate with the needs of the Union, within the limits established by decides 1, if necessary taking into account the provisions of decides 7 below; a set of options for reducing expenditure is given in Annex 2 to this decision;

6                 that the Council may exceed the limit set in decides 1.2 above for the years 2008‑2009 by up to one per cent, in order to meet expenditure on unforeseen and urgent activities which are in the interests of the Union; within the upper limit established in decides 1.1 above, the Council may exceed the limit of CHF 318 000 by more than one per cent only with the approval of a majority of the Member States of the Union, after they have been duly consulted, within the upper limit of CHF 330 000; they shall be presented with a full statement of the facts justifying this step;


7                 that, in determining the value of the contributory unit in any budgetary period, the Council shall take into account the future programme of conferences and meetings and the estimated related costs, as well as other sources of income, in order to avoid wide fluctuations from period to period;

8                 that, in determining the value of the contributory unit, the Council should also take into account the budgetary impact of the introduction of new cost-recovery charges for activities that were previously funded from assessed contributions and should, to the greatest extent possible, reduce the value of the contributory unit by an appropriate amount;

9                 that the following guidelines should be applied in relation to any expenditure reductions:

a)     the internal audit function of the Union should be maintained at a strong and effective level;

b)    there should be no expenditure reductions which would affect cost-recovery income;

c)     fixed costs such as those related to the reimbursement of loans or after-service health insurance should not be subject to expenditure reductions;

d)    there should be no expenditure reductions in regular maintenance costs for ITU buildings which would affect the security or the health of staff;

e)     the information services function in the Union should be maintained at an effective level;

10               that the Council, in determining the amount of withdrawals from or allocations to the Reserve Account, should aim under normal circumstances at keeping the Reserve Account (after integration of unused appropriations) at a level above three per cent of the total budget,

instructs the Secretary-General, with the assistance of the Coordination Committee

1                 to prepare the draft biennial budgets for the years 2008-2009, as well as 2010-2011, on the basis of the associated guidelines in decides above, the annexes to this decision and all relevant documents submitted to the Plenipotentiary Conference;


2                 to ensure that, in each biennial budget, income and expenditure are balanced;

3                 to draw up and implement a programme of appropriate cost efficiencies and reductions across all ITU operations so as to ensure a balanced budget;

4                 to implement the aforementioned programme as soon as possible,

instructs the Secretary‑General

to provide to the Council, no less than seven weeks before its 2007 and 2009 ordinary sessions, complete and accurate data as needed for the development, consideration and establishment of the biennial budget,

instructs the Council

1                 to review and approve the biennial budgets for 2008-2009 and 2010‑2011, giving due consideration to the associated guidelines in decides above, the annexes to this decision and all documents submitted to the Plenipotentiary Conference;

2                 to ensure that, in each biennial budget, income and expenditure are balanced;

3                 to consider further appropriations in the event that additional sources of revenue are identified or savings achieved;

4                 to examine the cost-efficiency and cost-reduction programme drawn up by the Secretary-General;

5                 to take account of the impact of any cost-reduction programme on the staff of the Union, including the implementation of a voluntary retirement scheme.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 


ANNEX  1  TO  DECISION  5  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Financial plan 2008-2011:
Income and expenditure estimates

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

 

Amount of the contributory unit

318 000

 

 

 

1

Income estimates

 

2

Assessed contributions (402.08 full units)*

511 445

3

Cost-recovery income

105 369

4

Other income

10 800

5

Reduction due to free access to ITU-T Recommendations**

-7 000

6

Increase in the price of publications (10% on average)

4 000

7

Income estimates

624 614

 

 

 

*          Based on the number of contributory units as at 22 November 2006

**        Subject to Council 2007 decision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Financial plan 2008-2011:
Income and expenditure estimates (cont.)

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

7

Income estimates

624 614

 

 

 

8

Expenditure estimates***

673 662

9

Estimated financial impact of PP-06 resolutions and decisions
(Res. 143, 146; Dec. 9)

1 490

10

RRC-06 post-conference work

5 200

11

WTDC-06 Doha Action Plan

4 500

12

IPSAS implementation

2 500

13

Security projects

0

14

WSIS outcomes

0

15

WTSA-04 outcomes

0

16

WTDC-06 outcomes

0

17

Staff costs

-2 000

18

Travel on duty

-2 000

19

Fellowships

-1 000

20

External consultants

-1 000

21

Public services

-1 000

22

Documentation

-11 500

23

Advisory groups

-560

24

Council working groups

-490

25

WRC/RA/CPM

-600

26

Study group meetings

-2 000

27

Interpretation

-1 500

28

Expenditure estimates

663 702

29

Income estimates less expenditure estimates****

-39 088

***      Reference Document PP-06/57 (Annex 1)

****   Reduction of expenditure and/or increase of income to be identified


ANNEX  2  TO  DECISION  5  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Options for reducing expenditure

1)    Identification of possible duplications (functions, activities, workshops, seminars) and centralization of finance and administrative tasks.

2)    Coordination and harmonization of seminars and workshops in order to avoid duplication of the subjects covered and to optimize secretariat attendance.

3)    Coordination with regional organizations with a view to sharing the available resources of the regional organizations and minimizing the costs of participation (workshops, seminars, preparatory meetings for world conferences).

4)    Possible savings from natural attrition (opportunity for keeping vacant positions unfilled and for the redeployment of staff).

5)    New activities are to be implemented through staff redeployment.

6)    Reduction in the cost of documentation of conferences and meetings by:

a)     requesting at the time of registration whether paper copies are required;

b)    setting of a maximum number of copies by the Plenipotentiary Conference or by the Council;

c)     setting of a maximum of three sets per delegation;

d)    reducing the number of paper copies sent to administrations from the current five to a maximum of two or three.

7)    Consideration of savings in languages (translation, interpretation) for study group meetings and publications.

8)    Implementation of WSIS activities through staff redeployment within the existing resources.

9)    Review of the costs of study groups, working parties, task groups.


10)  Limitation of the number of study group meetings and in their duration.

11)  Limitation of the number of days of meetings for the advisory groups to three days per year maximum. Additional meetings may be held on cost-recovery basis, i.e. costs are financed by the requesting Sectors.

12)  Elimination as much as possible of physical meetings of working groups of the Council.

13)  Reduction of two working days for WRC, one for RA and one for CPM. The scope and complexity of the agenda will have to be taken into consideration and adapted to the new durations of these events.

14)  Identification of the level of achievement of the different programmes with a view to utilizing resources for other new activities.

15)  For new programmes or those having additional financial resource implications, a “value-added impact statement” should justify how the proposed programmes differ from current and/or similar programmes in order to avoid overlap and duplication.

16)  Sound consideration of the resources allocated to regional initiatives, programmes and assistance to members, to the regional presence both in the regions and at headquarters, as well as those resulting from the outcome of WTDC and the Doha Action Plan.

17)  Reduction of the cost of travel on duty, by limiting time on mission as well as participation in meetings, and benefiting from reductions in air fares.

18)  Radio Regulations Board – Reduction of the number of meetings in one calendar year from four to three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DECISION  6  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Financial Plan of the Union for the period 2004 to 2007

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that, in the consideration of the draft Financial Plan of the Union for the period 2004-2007, the gap between income and expenditure was substantial;

b)                that this conference has reviewed many options for reducing that gap,

noting

that this conference established the following guidelines in the application of the expenditure reductions outlined in the Financial Plan:

a)                the internal audit function of the Union should be maintained at a strong and effective level;

b)                there should be no expenditure reductions which would affect cost-recovery income;

c)                fixed costs such as those related to the reimbursement of loans or after-service health insurance should not be subject to expenditure reductions;

d)                there should be no expenditure reductions in regular maintenance costs for ITU buildings which would affect the security or the health of staff;

e)                the information services function in the Union should be maintained at an effective level;


f)                 the Reserve Account should be maintained at a level not less than 3 per cent of the budget;

noting further

that this conference revised Resolution 48 (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) and established guidelines for human resources management and development,

decides

to approve, pursuant to No. 161G of the ITU Constitution, the Financial Plan of the Union for the period 2004 to 2007 as outlined in the annex hereto,

instructs the Secretary-General, with the assistance of the Coordination Committee

1                 to prepare the draft biennial budgets for the years 2004-2005, as well as 2006-2007, on the basis of the Financial Plan and the associated guidelines in noting above;

2                 to elaborate a cost-reduction programme, including a possible staff reduction;

3                 to implement the cost-reduction programme as soon as possible,

instructs the Council

1                 to review and approve the biennial budgets for 2004-2005 and 2006-2007, giving due consideration to the Financial Plan and the associated guidelines in noting above;

2                 to ensure that, in each biennial budget, the income and expenditure are balanced;

3                 to consider further appropriations in the event that additional sources of revenue are identified or savings are achieved;


4                 to examine the cost- and staff-reduction programme prepared by the Secretary-General;

5                 in so doing, to take account of the social constraints that could result from the implementation of the Financial Plan for the staff of the Union.

 

Annex:  1

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ANNEX  TO  DECISION  6  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Financial Plan of the Union for the Period 2004-2007
Table A – Income estimates

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

Source

Actual 2000-2001
plus
Budget 2002-2003

Estimates
2004-2007

 A     Assessed contributions1)

544 963

531 923

         A.1   Member States’ contributions
                   (335 13/16 units at CHF 315 000 per annum)


450 705


423 124

         A.2   Sector Members’ contributions
                   (CHF 63 000 per annum)

                   –    Radiocommunication Sector (127 units)
                  
    Telecommunication Standardization Sector
                         (191 ½ units)
                   –    Telecommunication Development Sector
                         (32 5/8 units)


93 046

 30 861

53 342

8 843


88 484

32 004

48 258

8 222

         A.3   Associates (CHF 10 500 per annum)

                   –    Radiocommunication Sector (10 units)
                   –    Telecommunication Standardization Sector
                         (50 units)
                   –    Telecommunication Development Sector
                         (0 units)

294

36
258


2 520

420
2 100

         A.4   Member States’ contributions to regional radiocommunication conferences


918


17 796

 B     Cost recovery

94 782

107 862

         B.1   Project support cost income

13 748

11 400

         B.2   Sales of publications

52 977

51 850

         B.3   Products and services under cost recovery

                   –    UIFN
                   –    UIPRN/UISCN and AESA
                   –    GMPCS-MoUs
                   –   
Telecom2)
                   –    Satellite network filing
                   –    Other cost-recovery income

28 057

3 252
417
1 409
6 362
16 206
411

44 612

3 480
600
1 410
9 122
30 000

 

 

 


Table A – Income estimates (cont.)

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

Source

Actual 2000-2001
plus
Budget 2002-2003

Estimates
2004-2007

 C     Income from interest

13 119

9 600

 

 

 

 D     Other income

5 498

4 000

 

 

 

 Subtotal

658 363

653 385

 Net withdrawals from the ITU Reserve Account for         programme activities


14 977


 Total

673 340

653 385

1)    Number of contributory units known at 15 October 2002 (Ref. Article 28, No. 161G of the         Constitution).

2)    Income estimate based on methodology applied in 2002-2003 approved budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table B – Basis for the elaboration of the Financial Plan

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

 

2000-2003
at
1.1.02 rates

2004-2007
Estimates

1    BASE ESTIMATES BY SECTOR AFTER REDUCTIONS

 

 

General Secretariat (agreed reductions and 5% cut)
excluding RRC

361 618

331 983

Radiocommunication Sector (agreed changes and 2% cut)
including one WRC and excluding RRC expenditure

139 587

137 208

Telecommunication Standardization Sector (1% cut)

 55 575

55 019

Telecommunication Development Sector (1% cut)

133 724

132 387

Subtotal 1

690 504

656 597

2    ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMES

 

 

Document 71, Annex B

 

 

(item 3) WTDC resolutions (ITU-D)

 

5 000

(item 5) Additional Council working group (GS)

 

280

(item 7) Information and communication technology (GS)

 

3 500

(item 8) Buildings management (GS)

 

3 000

Document 192, Res. 7

 

 

Languages increase (GS)

 

6 100

Subtotal 2

 

17 880

3    SALARY INCREASE AND EXCHANGE RATE EFFECT

 

 

UN system salary increases and inflation (All)

 

30 204

Exchange rate effect (projected at USD = CHF 1.50) (All)

 

–13 859

Subtotal 3

 

16 345

4    ADDITIONAL REDUCTIONS OVER ITEM 1 ABOVE 

Staffing

 

 

Across-the-board staff cost reduction by 5% in addition to the reduced base estimates above (excluding cost recovery activities) (All)

24 901

Document 71, Annex C

 

 

(item 1) Reduction of PP length to 3 weeks (GS)

535

(item 5) Restrict Councillor travel costs: LDCs-ticket + DSA,
developing countries – ticket only (GS)

1 300

 

 


Table B – Basis for the elaboration of the Financial Plan (cont.)

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

 

2000-2003
at
1.1.02 rates

2004-2007
Estimates

(item 9) 50% of reduction of all meetings by 1 day except for RRC (All)

659

(item 11) Abolish summary records (except for plenary
meetings of treaty conferences and RRB) (All)

1 795

(item 12) Implementation of “print on demand” technique
for Recommendations in paper format (GS)

1 829

(item 14) Apply standard UN practice on travel
(9 hr. rule and business class for elected officials) (All)

1 080

(item 15) Reduce 20% of travel expenditure
on HQ staff official missions (All)

1 140

Other reductions decided by Committee 6

 

 

Policy Forum – no appropriation (GS)

 

491

Radio Regulations Board – reduction over the proposed
04-07amount (ITU-R)

 

500

Subtotal 4

 

34 230

5    TOTAL EXPENDITURE
      EXCLUDING RRC = 1 + 2 + 3 – 4

690 504

656 592

6              Income estimates (Total under Table A minus income in
respect of regional radiocommunication conference
amounting to CHF 17 796 000) 

635 589

7              Balance 3) (Item 5 – Item 6 above)

–21 003

3)    Negative balance of CHF 21 million due to decrease in number of contributory units.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table C – Financial Plan (Expenditure) for the period 2004-2007

 

In thousands of Swiss francs

 

2000-2003 at 1.1.02 rates

2004-2007

GENERAL SECRETARIAT

 

 

Plenipotentiary Conference

3 318

1 952

Policy Forum

491

0

World Summit on the Information Society

433

1 194

Council

4 043

3 763

Secretary-General’s Office and departments

353 128

328 287

Publications

205

205

Subtotal

 

335 401

Additional reduction (21 million ´ 33.3%) in the SG’s Office and departments

 

–7 000

Total

361 618

328 401

 

 

 

RADIOCOMMUNICATION SECTOR

 

 

Expenditure for Sector

 

134 770

Additional reduction (21 million ´ 28.2%)

 

–5 922

Total

139 587

128 848

 

 

 

TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION SECTOR

 

Expenditure for Sector

 

53 374

Additional reduction (21 million ´ 11.3%)

 

–2 380

Total

55 575

50 994

 

 

 

TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT SECTOR

 

Expenditure for Sector

 

133 044

Additional reduction (21 million ´ 27.1%)

 

–5 698

Total

133 724

127 346

Grand total

690 504

635 589

 


 

DECISION  7  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Review of the management of the Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that, in 1991, the High Level Committee recommended decentralization of the ITU budgets and greater delegation of responsibility;

b)                that Resolution 39 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference endorsed the examination of options for strengthening the financial base of the Union, including reducing costs, and the more effective allocation of resources;

c)                that, in 2001, the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit reviewed the management and administration of ITU and reported to the Council (Document C01/37);

d)                that, also in 2001, with limited progress on the implementation of greater delegation of authority, the Council Working Group on ITU Reform, in its Recommendation R14, recommended that a study should be conducted on the feasibility of replacing ITU’s current centralized financial management system with a system of budgets managed by the Sectors, with the involvement of the Sector advisory groups, and that the feasibility analysis should also include the implications of allocating a limited budget resource to the Sector advisory groups,

considering further

a)                that, in 2002, given the constraints of the world economic situation, there will be a decline in the resources that Member States and Sector Members can commit to fund the activities of ITU in the financial period 2004-2007;

b)                that the constraints of the world economic situation also serve to increase further the growing demands placed on the activities of the Union and to highlight the limited resources available to fund them;


c)                that, in the resulting financial crisis facing ITU, there is an urgent need to seek innovative ways to rationalize internal costs, optimize resources and improve efficiency;

d)                that a method for making more effective and efficient use of resources is to empower individuals to manage resources for the achievement of results by delegating to them authority for financial and human resources;

e)                that the limited decentralization of appropriations to the Sectors in the budget structure of the Union has not achieved the objectives targeted under considering a),

recognizing

a)                that greater delegation of authority to managers will require appropriate accountability and control mechanisms;

b)                that delegation of authority for the management of part of the Sector budgets to the Directors of the Bureaux will give them more effective control over the organization of the work of their Sectors and that therefore they will need to consult their Sector advisory groups in the application of this delegated authority,

decides

1                 that, since significant benefits in terms of effectiveness and efficiency can be expected from carefully planned further decentralization of the Union’s resources, this decentralization shall be implemented and reviewed by the Council based on the work of a group of experts;

2                 that, in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency, the Secretary-General shall delegate authority to the Directors of the Bureaux for the management of their Sector budgets once the control mechanisms identified in the management review are in place,


decides further

that decides 2 will give the Directors of the Bureaux much greater control over the Sector operational plans and that the delegation of authority for the Sector budgets should be exercised following advice from the Sector advisory groups,

instructs the extraordinary session of the Council to be held during this conference

1                 to establish a group of specialists, one from each administrative region, to undertake as a matter of urgency the work described in the annex to this decision, in consultation with the Secretary-General, the Directors of the Bureaux and the Sector advisory groups;

2                 to request the group of specialists to report to the 2003 session of the Council in order that this decision may be fully implemented by that time and may be used in conjunction with the examination of the draft budget 2004-2005,

instructs the Council

1                 to review the proposed measures and take appropriate action to enforce implementation;

2                 to monitor the implementation of this decision at each subsequent session of the Council and to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the implementation of this decision and any consequential amendments that may be necessary to the ITU Constitution and the Convention,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to identify, in consultation with the Coordination Committee, areas of the budget where further decentralization of appropriations can be implemented, including transfers between budget appropriations;


2                 to make the annual report of the internal auditor of the Union available to the Council;

3                 to make the minutes of Coordination Committee meetings available on the Council website, excluding confidential staff matters.

 

Annex:  1

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  TO  DECISION  7  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Group of specialists to review the management of the Union

The purpose of the Group of Specialists to review the management of the Union shall be to undertake, as a matter of urgency, studies on the overall management of the Union, in order that the results of the studies are implemented in time for the 2004-2005 biennial budget. The experts serving on the group shall be provided by administrations, at their own cost.

Terms of reference

To identify and evaluate options, with supporting pros and cons, relating to the effectiveness, efficiency and economy of the management and administration of the Union as a whole, considering all elements that would contribute to efficient and effective fulfilment of the functions and duties of ITU, and in particular to review:

1)    the organization of the Union’s financial management, including:

i)     performing a thorough examination of ITU, including the system of budgets managed by the Sectors, so as to identify all opportunities for savings and ensure maximum economic use of the Union’s resources;

ii)    identifying the necessary control mechanisms to ensure appropriate accountability and control, including any role the Deputy Secretary-General might take in financial approval;

iii)   recommending appropriate changes to the Financial Regulations;

2)    various functions, to see how they could further support the activities of the Union and in the light of the changes in priorities of the membership (e.g. the library and the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU));


3)    the present distribution of tasks related to documentation and publications among the relevant departments of the General Secretariat and the Bureaux, identifying situations which give rise to problems of quality control, and clarifying the assignment of responsibilities and accountability;

4)    interpretation and translation staffing and systems, including partial outsourcing (see Document PP02/115);

5)    the provision of financial information to Member States;

6)    better use of the centralized support services of the General Secretariat in order to achieve cost reduction in relation to TELECOM activities;

7)    common administrative functions of each Sector, including their consolidation into the General Secretariat;

8)    simplification of internal procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DECISION  9  (Antalya, 2006)

Fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                Resolution 2 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on maintaining the World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) in order to discuss and exchange views and information on telecommunication policy and regulatory matters, especially on global and cross-sectoral issues;

b)                Resolution 146 (Antalya, 2006) of this conference, on review of the International Telecommunication Regulations,

noting

a)                the relevant outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society;

b)                that the purposes of the Union are, inter alia, to promote, at international level, the adoption of a broader approach to the issues of telecommunications in the global information economy and society, to promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants and to harmonize the actions of Member States and Sector Members in the attainment of those ends;

c)                that ITU is uniquely positioned and has the necessary experience to provide a forum for the coordination of, exchange of information on, discussion of and harmonization of national, regional and international telecommunication strategies and policies;

d)                that WTPF has provided a venue for discussion of global and cross-sectoral issues by high-level participants, thus contributing to the advance of world telecommunications,


considering further

a)                that convergence, including Internet-related public policy matters, is one of the topics of high current interest to ITU Member States and Sector Members;

b)                that the continued development of convergence, next-generation networks and Internet also has significant implications for several domains, particularly for capacity building, especially in developing countries;

c)                that a study of emerging telecommunication policy and regulatory issues is also amongst the topics of high current interest to ITU Member States and Sector Members;

d)                that a study of new and emerging issues as referred to in Resolution 146 (Antalya, 2006) is also among the topics of high current interest to ITU Member States and Sector Members,

decides

1                 to convene the fourth WTPF in Geneva in the first quarter of 2009, in order to discuss and exchange views on the themes listed above, with the draft agenda shown in the annex to this decision;

2                 that the fourth WTPF shall draw up a report and, if possible, opinions for consideration by ITU Member States and Sector Members and relevant ITU meetings;

3                 that arrangements for the fourth WTPF shall be in accordance with applicable Council decisions for such forums.

 

(Antalya, 2006)

 

 


ANNEX  TO  DECISION  9  (Antalya, 2006)

Draft agenda

 

Fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum

1                 Inauguration of the fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum

2                 Election of the chairman

3                 Opening remarks and presentations

4                 Organization of the work of the forum

5                 Presentation of the Secretary-General’s report

6                 Presentation of comments by the membership on the report

7                 Discussion

8                 Consideration of draft opinions

9                 Adoption of the chairman’s report and opinions

10               Other business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DECISION  10  (Antalya, 2006)

Implementation of additional corrective measures relating
to cost recovery for satellite network filings

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                the revision of the methodology and scale of charges for cost recovery for the processing of satellite network filings established in Decision 482, as modified by the Council at its 2002 session;

b)                that, in Decision 513, Council-03 agreed on the need to address this issue on a temporary basis, pending a review of the charging methodology by Council‑04;

c)                that the application of Decision 513 still resulted in some invoices having values significantly higher than CHF 100 000;

d)                that Council-04 did not adopt a new charging methodology;

e)                that Council-05 identified and corrected several anomalies regarding the cost-recovery fees for satellite network filings with invoices issued in the 2004-2005 biennium;

f)                 that corrective measures set forth in some Council-05 decisions for invoices issued for the 2002-2003 period were not implementable due to the closure of the accounts for 2002-2003,


noting

a)                that Council-06 instructed the Secretary-General to transmit to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006) the relevant matters relating to the implementation of cost recovery for satellite network filings (C‑05 Decision 531, C‑05 Decision 532, C‑05 Decision 534) for which invoices were issued during the 2002-2003 period, and which were subject to actions by Council-05;

b)                that the Radio Regulations Board (RRB), at its 41st meeting (Geneva, 4-8 September 2006), concluded that the publication of special sections pertaining to the coordination of some satellite networks was not correct, and therefore requested the cancellation of the relevant invoices issued during the 2002-2003 period,

decides

1                 to implement the corrective measures set forth in Council-05 Decisions 531, 532 and 534 and in the RRB decision (41st meeting, Geneva, 4-8 September 2006) in respect of invoices issued for the 2002-2003 period, taking into account considering f) above;

2                 that, in respect of those satellite network filings affected by decides 1 above, and not nominated for the free entitlement, the Radiocommunication Bureau shall issue revised invoices and shall credit the responsible administration, as appropriate;

3                 to withdraw the amount of CHF 6 204 956.40 from the Reserve Account, noting, however, that Decision 5 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference requires that in no circumstances should the Reserve Account be reduced below three per cent as a result of the present decision.

 

(Antalya, 2006)

 


RESOLUTION  (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

World telecommunication policy forum

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that the telecommunication environment is undergoing considerable changes under the combined influence of advances in technology, the globalization of markets and growing user demand for integrated cross-border services increasingly adapted to their needs;

b)                that the forces shaping the telecommunication environment have led in many countries to a restructuring of the telecommunication sector, especially the separation of regulatory and operating functions, the gradual liberalization of services and the appearance of new players in this area;

c)                that the need for a global framework to exchange information on telecommunication strategies and policies has been evident for many years;

d)                that national telecommunication policies and regulations have to be recognized and understood, so as to allow the development of global markets which can support the harmonious development of telecommunication services;

e)                the important contributions provided by Member States and Sector Members to previous world telecommunication policy forums,


conscious

a)                that the purposes of the Union are, inter alia, to promote, at international level, the adoption of a broader approach to the issues of telecommunications in the global information economy and society, to promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants and to harmonize the actions of Member States and Sector Members in the attainment of those ends;

b)                that ITU is uniquely positioned and has the necessary experience to provide a forum for the coordination of, exchange of information on , discussion of and harmonization of national, regional and international telecommunication strategies and policies;

c)                that the world telecommunication policy forum, which was established by the Plenipotentiary Conference )Kyoto, 1994( and successfully convened in 1996, 1998 and 2001, has provided a venue for discussion of global and cross-sectoral issues by high-level participants, thus contributing to the advance of world telecommunications, as well as to the establishment of procedures for the conduct of the forum itself,

emphasizing

a)                that Member States and Sector Members, realizing the need for constant review of their own telecommunication policies and legislation, and for coordination in the rapidly changing telecommunication environment, should also in the future be able to discuss strategies and policies;

b)                that it is necessary for the Union, as an international organization playing a leading role in the field of telecommunications, to continue organizing the forum to facilitate the exchange of information by high-level participants on telecommunication policies;

c)                that the purpose of the forum is to provide a venue for exchanging views and information and thereby creating a shared vision among policy-makers worldwide on the issues arising from the emergence of new telecommunication services and technologies, and to consider any other policy issue in telecommunications which would benefit from a global exchange of views;


d)                that the forum should continue to give special attention to the interests and needs of the developing countries, where modern technologies and services can contribute significantly to telecommunication infrastructure development;

e)                the need for allowing adequate preparation time for a forum;

f)                 the importance of regional preparation and consultation,

resolves

1                 that the world telecommunication policy forum as established by Resolution 2 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference shall be maintained, in order to discuss and exchange views and information on telecommunication policy and regulatory matters, especially on global and cross-sectoral issues;

2                 that the world telecommunication policy forum shall neither produce prescriptive regulatory outcomes nor produce outputs with binding force; however it shall prepare reports and, where appropriate, opinions for consideration by Member States, Sector Members and relevant ITU meetings;

3                 that the world telecommunication policy forum shall be open to all Member States and Sector Members; however, if appropriate, by decision of a majority of the representatives of Member States, a special session may be held for Member States only;

4                 that the world telecommunication policy forum shall be convened on an ad hoc basis to respond quickly to emerging policy issues arising from the changing telecommunication environment;

5                 that the world telecommunication policy forum should be convened within existing budgetary resources and as far as possible in conjunction with one of the conferences or meetings of the Union in order to minimize the impact on the budget of the Union;

6                 that the Council shall decide on the duration and the date, allowing ample time for preparations, and on the venue, the agenda and the themes of the world telecommunication policy forum;


7                 that the agenda and themes shall be based on a report by the Secretary‑General, including input from any conference, assembly or meeting of the Union, and on contributions from Member States and Sector Members;

8                 that, in order to ensure that they are well focused, discussions at the world telecommunication policy forum shall be based on a report by the Secretary-General prepared in accordance with a procedure adopted by the Council and based on the views of Member States and Sector Members;

9                 that broad participation in the world telecommunication policy forum and operational efficiency during the forum shall be facilitated,

instructs the Secretary‑General

to make the necessary preparations for convening the world telecommunication policy forum based on the resolves above,

instructs the Council

1                 to decide on the duration, date, venue, agenda and themes of any future world telecommunication policy forum;

2                 to adopt a procedure for preparation of the report by the Secretary‑General referred to in resolves 7 above,

further instructs the Council

to submit to the next plenipotentiary conference a report on the world telecommunication policy forum for any necessary action.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  4  (Kyoto, 1994)

Duration of plenipotentiary
conferences of the
Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

noting

a)                that Article 8 of the Constitution of the International Telecom­munication Union (Geneva, 1992) provides that Plenipotentiary Conferences of the Union shall be convened every four years and that this will enable them to be of shorter duration;

b)                the increasing demands on the resources of the Union, on adminis­trations and on delegates involved in international conferences on telecommuni­cation subjects,

resolves

that future Plenipotentiary Conferences shall, unless there is a pressing need otherwise, be limited to a maximum duration of four weeks,

instructs the Secretary-General

to take appropriate measures to facilitate the most efficient use of time and resources during such conferences.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  5  (Kyoto, 1994)

Invitations to hold conferences
or meetings away from
Geneva

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

that expenditure on conferences and meetings of the Union is distinctly lower when they are held in Geneva,

considering, however

that there are advantages in holding certain conferences and meetings in countries other than the headquarters country,

bearing in mind

that the United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution 1202 (XII), decided that meetings of organs of the United Nations should, as a general rule, be held at the headquarters of the organ concerned, but that a meeting could be held away from headquarters if an inviting government agreed to defray the additional expenditure involved,

recommends

that world conferences and assemblies of the Union should normally be held at the seat of the Union,

resolves

1                 that invitations to hold conferences and assemblies of the Union away from Geneva should not be accepted unless the host government agrees to defray the additional expenditure involved;


2                 that invitations to hold development conferences and meetings of the study groups of the Sectors away from Geneva should not be accepted unless the host government provides at least adequate premises and the necessary furniture and equipment free of charge, except that in the case of developing countries equipment need not necessarily be provided free of charge by the host government, if the government so requests.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  6  (Kyoto, 1994)

Attendance of liberation organizations
recognized by the United Nations at
conferences and meetings of the International
Telecommunication
Union as observers

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                Article 8 of the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992), vesting full powers in Plenipotentiary Conferences;

b)                Article 49 of that Constitution, defining the relations of the Union with the United Nations;

c)                Article 50 of that Constitution, defining the relations of the Union with other international organizations,

having regard to

relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with the question of liberation movements,

resolves

that the liberation organizations recognized by the United Nations may attend at any time conferences, assemblies and meetings of the International Telecommu­nication Union as observers,

instructs the Council

to take the necessary action to implement this Resolution.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)


 

RESOLUTION  7  (Kyoto, 1994)

Procedure for defining a region for
the purpose of convening a regional
radiocommunication conference

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

recognizing

a)                that certain provisions of the Constitution and the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) (in particular No. 43 of the Constitution and No. 138 of the Convention) relate to the convening of a regional radiocommunication conference;

b)                that some regions and areas are defined in the Radio Regulations;

c)                that a Plenipotentiary Conference and a world radiocommunication conference have the competence to define a region for a regional radiocommuni­cation conference;

d)                that, whereas a regional radiocommunication conference may be convened on a proposal by the Council, the Council has not been explicitly authorized to take a decision on the definition of a region,

considering

a)                that it may be necessary to define a region for the purpose of convening a regional radiocommunication conference;

b)                that the Council is the most appropriate body for defining a region, when such action is necessary in the interval between competent world radiocommunication conferences or Plenipotentiary Conferences,


resolves

1                 that, if and when it becomes necessary to define a region for the purpose of convening a regional radiocommunication conference, the Council shall propose a definition of the region;

2                 that all Members of the proposed region shall be consulted on and all Members of the Union informed of that proposal;

3                 that the region shall be deemed to have been defined when two thirds of the Members of the proposed region have responded in the affirmative within a time period determined by the Council;

4                 that the composition of the region shall be communicated to all Members,

invites the Council

1                 to take note of this Resolution and to take any appropriate action;

2                 where appropriate, to consider combining the consultation of Members on the definition of the region with the consultation on convening the regional radiocommunication conference.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  11  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

World and regional telecommunication/information and
communication technology exhibitions and forums

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                that telecommunication/information and communication technology (ICT) exhibitions and associated forums (ITU Telecom) are of considerable assistance in keeping the membership of the Union and the wider telecommunication/ICT community informed of the latest advances in all fields of telecommunications/ICT and the possibilities of applying them for the benefit of all Member States and Sector Members, particularly the developing countries;

b)                that world and regional ITU Telecom events fulfil the mandate to keep Member States and Sector Members informed of, and offer a universal opportunity for the display of, state-of-the-art technology concerning all aspects of telecommunications/ICT and related fields of activity;

c)                that some developing countries that have not had the opportunity to host world and regional ITU Telecom events now have the capability, willingness and commitment to host such events;

d)                that regional ITU Telecom events bring the potential benefits of telecommunications/ICT closer to the people of all continents by emphasizing the specific problems of each region and indicating possible solutions to them;

e)                that such regional exhibitions and forums organized on a regular basis by ITU, staged at the invitation of Member States, are an excellent means of catering for the needs of both developed and developing countries and facilitate the transfer of technology and of essential information to developing countries;


f)                 the commitments made by Switzerland towards ITU;

g)                the commitments made by the countries which have signed the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies,

noting

a)                that an ITU Telecom Board has been established to assist the Secretary-General in the management of ITU Telecom activities;

b)                that many developing countries have moved significantly forward in the development of their telecommunication/ICT sector;

c)                that some of these countries have already hosted regional ITU Telecom events which have proved successful;

d)                that ITU has been successfully organizing world and regional ITU Telecom events for many years;

e)                that the principles governing ITU’s activities in this field have proved to be extraordinarily useful for the membership of the Union and the wider telecommunication/ICT community;

f)                 that the operational flexibility which the ITU Telecom management needs in order to meet all the challenges in its field of activity and compete in its semi-commercial environment has proved to be useful,

resolves

1                 that the Union should, in collaboration with its Member States and its Sector Members, continue to organize world and regional telecommunication/ICT exhibitions and forums on a regular basis, taking due account of the need to ensure the financial success of such exhibitions;

2                 that the Union, in its venue selection process for ITU Telecom exhibitions and forums, should, taking into account resolves 5 below, give due consideration to:


2.1   ensuring that such decisions are based on an open and transparent process, with objective criteria – including financial viability – as well as on the results of preliminary market and feasibility studies, including consultations with exhibitors from all regions, guaranteeing preferential or discounted hotel prices to participants and exhibitors;

2.2   balancing the need for generating surplus income with the capability and willingness of countries, and developing countries in particular, to host and stage world and regional ITU Telecom events;

3                 that the Secretary-General is fully accountable for ITU Telecom activities (including planning, organization and finance), which are an integral part of the permanent activities of the Union;

4                 that ITU Telecom activities are subject to the ITU Staff Regulations and Staff Rules, publication practices and Financial Regulations and Rules, including internal control and internal audit;

5                 that venue selection for world ITU Telecom events be based on a fair and transparent process open to all interested parties and that, in the case when several countries have submitted competitive offers, taking into account resolves 2.1 above, the principle of rotation applies;

6                 that the audit of ITU Telecom accounts shall be carried out by the External Auditor of the Union;

7                 that, once all the expenditures have been recovered, a significant part of any surplus income over expenditure derived from ITU Telecom activities should be used as extrabudgetary income for the Telecommunication Development Bureau, for specific telecommunication development projects, primarily in the least developed countries,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to ensure the appropriate management of all ITU Telecom activities, in line with the regulations of the Union and in particular with this resolution;


2                 to consider measures that will enable and assist Member States which are capable and willing to do so, particularly developing countries, to host and stage regional ITU Telecom events;

3                 in respect of these measures, to take into account the following:

–      flexibility in implementing ITU requirements for regional telecom­munication/ICT exhibitions and forums, i.e. space requirements, pricing regimes for exhibition, forum and office space;

–      establishing a rotation system in deciding the venue of regional ITU Telecom events which will give due consideration, on a neutral basis, to countries which have not had the opportunity to host such an event but are willing and capable of doing so;

4                 to take advice from the ITU Telecom Board, the mandate and the principles governing the composition of which are approved by the Council on the proposal of the Secretary-General, with due consideration to ensuring trans­parency and to appointing some individuals with experience in the organization of exhibitions and forums;

5                 to ensure the transparency of ITU Telecom activities and report on them in a separate annual report to the Council, including on:

–      all ITU Telecom business activities;

–      all activities of the ITU Telecom Board;

–      the reasons for the selection of venues for future world and regional ITU Telecom exhibitions and forums;

–      future events and their financial implications, the future strategy and risks to be considered;

–      action taken with respect to the use of surplus income;

6                 to establish a mechanism to implement resolves 2.1 and resolves 5 above;


7                 not to stage regional ITU Telecom events in a year in which a world ITU Telecom event will be organized;

8                 that a world ITU Telecom event be held every four years, provided that it does not coincide with one of the most important ITU conferences or assemblies, thus reverting to the previous cycle;

9                 to ensure the internal control and internal and external audits of the accounts for the different ITU Telecom activities,

instructs the Council

1                 to review the annual report on ITU Telecom activities as described under instructs the Secretary-General 5 above and give guidance on future trends for those activities;

2                 to review and approve the ITU Telecom accounts, after having examined the reports of the External Auditor and of the internal auditor of the Union;

3                 to review and approve the use of ITU Telecom surplus funds and to decide annually on the amount to be transferred to the ICT Development Fund;

4                 to review and approve proposals of the Secretary-General on the principles for a transparent decision-making process on the venues of world and regional ITU Telecom events, including the criteria which serve as a basis for that process; such criteria shall include cost elements as well as the rotation system as referred to in resolves 5 above and the additional costs which may result from holding the event outside the city of the seat of the Union;

5                 to review and approve proposals of the Secretary-General on the mandate and on the composition of the ITU Telecom Board, with due consideration to ensuring transparency and to appointing some individuals with experience in the organization of exhibitions and forums.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 


 

RESOLUTION  14  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Recognition of the rights and obligations
of all Sector Members of the
Union

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                that the rights and obligations of Member States and Sector Members of the Union are set out in Article 3 of the ITU Constitution;

b)                that Article 19 of the ITU Convention lists the types of entities and organizations which may be authorized to participate in the activities of the Sectors as Sector Members;

c)                that, except for the provisions of Nos 239 and 340C of the Convention, only Member States have the right to vote, particularly for the approval of recommendations and questions, in accordance with Article 3 of the Constitution,

recognizing

that Sector Members referred to in the lists established by the Secretary-General in accordance with No. 237 of the Convention may participate in all activities of the Sector concerned, with the exception of formal votes and some treaty-making conferences, and in this regard each Sector Member is entitled to:

a)     receive from the Bureau of that Sector all the documents which they have requested relating to the Sector’s study groups, assemblies or conferences in which they may participate under the relevant provisions of the Convention and under the working methods and procedures of the Sector concerned;

b)    send contributions to study groups, notably those in which they have requested to participate in due time, in accordance with the Sector’s working methods and procedures;


c)     send representatives to such meetings, after having announced their names to the Bureau in due time, in accordance with the Sector’s working methods and procedures;

d)    propose items for inclusion in the agendas of such meetings, except in relation to the structure and functioning of the Union;

e)     take part in all discussions, and assume responsibilities such as chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a study group, working party, expert group, rapporteur’s group or any other ad hoc group, according to the competence and availability of its experts;

f)     take part in the drafting work and editorial work necessary prior to the adoption of recommendations,

recognizing further

that coordination between Member States and Sector Members at the national level has proved to increase the efficiency of the work,

resolves

to invite Sector Members to take part in any decision-finding procedure aimed at facilitating the achievement of a consensus in study groups, in particular in the field of standardization,

invites the world telecommunication development conference, radio­communication assembly and world telecommunication standardiza­tion assembly

to adopt respective provisions in the working methods and procedures of their Sectors,

invites administrations of Member States

to conduct, at the national level, broad coordination among all Sector Members from their countries.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)


 

RESOLUTION  16  (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

Refinement of the Radiocommunication
Sector and Telecommunication
Standardization Sector

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

noting

the report by the Council on the results of the implementation of Resolution 16 (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                that ITU should be the pre-eminent global standardization body in the telecommunication field, including radiocommunication;

b)                that ITU is the pre-eminent body for efficient worldwide cooperation in the radio regulatory field;

c)                that the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) recognized Nos. 78 and 104 of the Constitution as an initial allocation of work between the Radiocommunication (ITU-R) and Telecommunication Standardiza­tion (ITU-T) Sectors and outlined general principles and guidelines pertaining to the allocation of work between ITU-R and ITU-T;

d)                that, in application of instructions handed down by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992), the World Telecommunication Standardization Conference (Helsinki, 1993) and the Radiocommunication Assembly (Geneva, 1993) adopted resolutions that establish procedures for ongoing review and, as appropriate, allocation of work, in order to achieve goals in terms of effectiveness and efficiency;

e)                the need to involve all interested participants of ITU-R and ITU-T in this ongoing review;


f)                 that, when implementing this resolution, questions that may have implications for the International Telecommunication Regulations and the Radio Regulations require a more cautious approach,

resolves

1                 that the current process, in conformity with the relevant resolutions of the world telecommunication standardization conference and the radio­communication assembly which provide for ongoing review of new and existing work and its allocation to ITU-R and ITU-T, shall be maintained;

2                 that changes in the allocation of work between ITU-R and ITU-T on matters that may be related to the International Telecommunication Regulations or the Radio Regulations shall not be considered within that process.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  21  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Special measures concerning alternative
calling procedures on international
telecommunication networks

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recognizing

a)                that each Member State has the sovereign right to allow or prohibit certain or all alternative calling procedures in order to avoid negative effects on or harm to its national telecommunication networks;

b)                the interests of developing countries;

c)                the interests of consumers and users of telecommunication services,

considering

a)                that the use of some alternative calling procedures may adversely affect the economies of developing countries and may seriously hamper the efforts made by those countries to ensure the sound development of their telecommunication/information and communication technology networks and services;

b)                that some forms of alternative calling procedures may have an impact on traffic management and network planning and degrade the quality and performance of the public switched telephone network (PSTN);

c)                that the use of certain alternative calling procedures that are not harmful to networks may contribute to competition in the interests of consumers;

d)                that a number of relevant Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) recommendations specifically address, from several points of view, including technical and financial, the effects of alternative calling procedures (including call-back and refile) on the performance and development of telecommunication networks,


recalling

a)                Resolution 21 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on alternative calling procedures on telecommunication networks, which:

–      urged Member States to cooperate among themselves to resolve difficulties in order to ensure that national laws and regulations of ITU Member States are respected;

–      instructed ITU‑T to accelerate its studies with a view to developing appropriate solutions and recommendations;

b)                Resolution 29 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004) of the World Tele­communication Standardization Assembly (WTSA), which resolves that:

–      administrations and recognized operating agencies (ROA) should take all reasonable measures, within the constraints of their national law, to suspend alternative calling procedures which seriously degrade the quality and performance of the PSTN;

–      administrations and ROAs should take a cooperative and reasonable approach to respecting the national sovereignty of others;

–      further studies are required to evaluate the economic effects of call-back on the effort of countries with economies in transition, developing countries, and especially least developed countries, for sound development of their local telecommunication networks and services, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the suggested guidelines for consultation on call-back;

c)                Resolution 22 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, which is based on amendments to Resolutions 20 and 29 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004) of WTSA,

aware

a)                that, as at October 2006, 114 Member States had notified the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau that call‑back is prohibited on their territory;


b)                that ITU‑T has concluded that certain alternative calling procedures such as constant calling (or bombardment or polling) and answer suppression seriously degrade the quality and the performance of the PSTN;

c)                that appropriate ITU-T study groups are cooperating on issues related to alternative calling procedures, including refile, call-back, and telecommunica­tion origin identification,

resolves

1                 to encourage administrations and international telecommunication operators to implement the ITU-T recommendations referred to in considering d) in order to limit the negative effects that, in some cases, alternative calling procedures have on developing countries;

2                 to request administrations and international operators which permit the use of alternative calling procedures on their territory in accordance with their national regulations to pay due regard to the decisions of other administrations and international operators whose regulations do not permit such services;

3                 to request the appropriate ITU-T study groups, through contributions of Member States and Sector Members, to continue to study alternative calling procedures, such as refile and call-back, and issues related to identification of origin, in order to take into account the importance of these studies as they relate to next-generation networks and network degradation,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau and the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

1                 to collaborate in the effective implementation of this resolution;


2                 to collaborate so as to avoid overlap and duplication of effort in studying issues related to refile, call-back and identification of origin.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  22  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Apportionment of revenues in providing
international telecommunication services

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                the importance of telecommunications/information and communica­tion technology (ICT) for the social and economic development of all countries;

b)                ITU's continued leading role in stimulating the universal development of telecommunications/ICT;

c)                the increasing imbalance, under the current circumstances, between developed and developing countries, in terms of economic growth and technological progress;

d)                that the Independent Commission for World-Wide Telecommuni­cations Development, in its report “The Missing Link”, recommended, inter alia, that Member States should consider setting aside a small portion of revenues from calls between developing and industrialized countries to be devoted to telecommunications in developing countries;

e)                that Recommendation D.150 of the Telecommunication Stan­dardization Sector (ITU-T), which provides for the apportionment of accounting revenues from international traffic between terminal countries, in principle on a 50/50 basis, has been amended to provide for sharing in a different proportion where there are differences in the costs of providing and operating telecom­munication services, although ITU-T has not obtained any information on its implementation;

f)                 Resolution 3 (Melbourne, 1988) adopted by the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference;


g)                that ITU, in pursuance of Resolution 23 (Nice, 1989) of the Plenipotentiary Conference and as a follow-up to the recommendation in “The Missing Link”, carried out a study of the costs of providing and operating international telecommunication services between developing and industrialized countries and established that the cost of providing telecommunication services is much higher in developing countries than in developed ones, and this remains the case;

h)                that ITU-T has conducted the necessary studies for completion of Recommendation D.140 which establish the principles of cost-oriented accounting rates and accounting-rate shares in each relation,

recognizing

a)                that the continuing social and economic underdevelopment of a large part of the world is one of the most serious problems affecting not only the countries concerned but also the international community as a whole;

b)                that the development of telecommunication/ICT infrastructure and services is a precondition for social and economic development;

c)                that inequalities in access to telecommunication facilities globally result in a widening of the gap between the developed and the developing world in terms of economic growth and technological progress;

d)                that the trend is towards falling costs of international telecom­munication transmission and switching, contributing towards a lowering of accounting‑rate levels, especially between developed nations, but that the conditions for lowering rates are not uniformly present throughout the world;

e)                that raising telecommunication network quality and telephone access levels to developed-country levels throughout the world would assist signifi­cantly in achieving economic equilibrium and in diminishing existing call and cost imbalances,


recalling

a)                the relevant resolutions of various development conferences, especially their declarations on the recognition of the need to pay special attention to the requirements of the least developed countries when devising development cooperation programmes;

b)                the recommendation in “The Missing Link” that Member States should consider a rearrangement of their international traffic accounting procedures in relations between developing and industrialized countries such that a small proportion of call revenue be used for development purposes;

c)                Recommendation 3 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, which recommends that developed countries take into account requests for favourable treatment made by developing countries in service, commercial or other relations in telecommunications, thus helping to achieve the desired economic equilibrium conducive to a relaxation of present world tensions,

noting

a)                that the concept of network externalities may apply to international traffic between developing and developed countries;

b)                that information regarding the concept of network externalities and its possible application to international traffic may be found in an ITU-T Report;

c)                that if the concept of network externalities were found to apply, it might be appropriate, subject to certain conditions being fulfilled, for the apportionment of accounting revenues to be on a basis other than 50/50, with the higher proportion being payable by the developed country to take account of the value of the network externalities;

d)                that ITU-T is studying the applicability of network externalities to international traffic,

resolves to urge the Telecommunication Standardization Sector

1                 to expedite its work on completing its study on the concept of network externalities for international traffic in relation to both fixed and mobile services;


2                 to follow up its work on developing the appropriate costing methodo­logies for both fixed and mobile services;

3                 to agree on transitional arrangements which may allow for some flexibility, taking into account the situation of the developing countries and the rapidly changing international telecommunication environment;

4                 to take into consideration the interests of all users of telecom­munications as a high priority,

invites administrations of the Member States

1                 to make available to the General Secretariat all the information necessary for the implementation of this resolution;

2                 to contribute to the work of ITU-T on network externalities, with a view to completing the required studies, taking due account of the legitimate interests of all involved parties,

instructs the Secretary-General and the Director of the Tele­communication Standardization Bureau

to monitor and report to the Council on progress achieved,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

to submit a report to the Council on the implementation of this resolution,

instructs the Council

1                 to review achieved results, and to take all necessary measures so as to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of this resolution;

2                 to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the progress made with respect to this resolution.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)


 

RESOLUTION  25  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Strengthening the regional presence

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)             Resolution 25 (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998 ) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, which instructed the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), in close consultation with the Secretary-General and the Directors of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), to strengthen gradually the regional presence;

b)             Resolution 25 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, which resolved that the regional presence should be further strengthened and kept under review in the interests of meeting the continually evolving requirements and priorities of each region;

c)             Resolution 143 (Antalya, 2006) of this conference, which resolves that the provisions of all ITU documents relating to developing countries shall be extended adequately to apply to countries with economies in transition;

d)             Resolutions 1143 and 1183 adopted by the Council at its 1999 and 2001 sessions, respectively, specifying a series of measures to be taken by the Director of BDT, aimed at strengthening the regional presence;

e)             that, at its 2002 session, the Council approved a plan of action for the implementation of Resolution 1183;

f)               resolutions adopted by the Council at its 2006 session, and resolutions of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Doha, 2006);


g)             that the ITU strategic plan for 2008-2011 recommends strengthening communication channels among BDT, the Member States and the Sector Members and Associates of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU‑D), and ensuring effective and cooperative communication and coordination between BDT – both headquarters and the regional offices – and the General Secretariat, the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T);

h)             the instruction given in the relevant Council resolutions to the Director of BDT, in collaboration with the Secretary-General and the Directors of TSB and BR, to seek new sources of financing for regional presence and investigate the possible arrangements for, and impact of, expanding the role of the regional presence to serve the needs of countries wishing to benefit from the full range of the Union’s activities,

reaffirming

a)      the importance of the regional presence in enabling ITU to work as closely as possible with its Member States and Sector Members, improve the dissemination of information on its activities and develop closer ties with regional and subregional organizations;

b)      the importance of continuing to strengthen coordination between BDT, the other Bureaux and the General Secretariat,

considering

a)      the outcomes of the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of the World Summit on the Information Society;

b)      that many countries are coping with a complex array of issues, some of which are currently being addressed in all three Sectors of the Union;

c)       that ITU should remain a leading intergovernmental organization in which the Member States, Sector Members and Associates work together to foster the growth and sustained development of telecommunication and information networks and facilitate universal access, so that everyone, everywhere may participate in and benefit from the world information economy and society;


d)      that means must continue to be established to enable the regional presence to respond effectively and tangibly to the crucial needs of the developing countries, which in the end will benefit the developed world as well,

recognizing

a)      the difficulty faced by many countries, particularly developing countries, least developed countries, countries with economies in transition and small island developing states, with stringent budgetary constraints, in participating in the activities of ITU, including the conferences and meetings of the three Sectors;

b)      the urgent need to adapt the expertise and working methods of the regional presence towards partnerships in project implementation and activities, which would necessarily involve strengthening the relationship between ITU and regional telecommunication organizations, as foreseen in Resolution 58 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

c)       the decision by the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), in its Resolution 72 (WRC‑97), to instruct the Director of BR to consult regional telecommunication organizations on the means by which assistance can be given to their preparations for future WRCs, including the facilitation of regional and interregional preparatory meetings, and to report on those consultations;

d)      that the regional offices facilitate participation in preparations under Resolution 112 (Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

e)       the decision by the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), through its Resolutions 21 (Rev. Doha, 2006) and 32 (Rev. Doha, 2006), to highlight the need for ITU-D to institute active coordination and collaboration and organize joint activities in areas of common interest with regional and subregional organizations and training institutions, and to consider the establishment of regional rapporteur groups, as a complement to the two ITU‑D study groups, so as to permit wider participation by some countries, at lower cost, in addressing certain questions;


f)       that WTDC, in Resolution 17 (Rev. Doha, 2006), called for equitable budget allotments for each region to implement regional initiatives;

g)      that the regional offices enable ITU to be more aware of and more responsive to the specific needs of the regions;

h)      that the regional offices provide important technical assistance to countries with development needs;

i)       that resources are limited, and that efficiency and effectiveness are therefore key considerations for activities to be undertaken by ITU;

j)       that, to be effective, the regional presence must have the necessary level of authority to meet the diverse requirements of the Member States;

k)       that adequate online access between headquarters and the field offices would enhance technical cooperation activities significantly;

l)       that all relevant electronic information available at headquarters should also be available to regional offices;

m)     that strengthened regional presence will create efficiencies and greater convenience for Member States,

noting

a)      that joint projects involving the collaborative efforts of the ITU regional offices and certain regional telecommunication organizations have already been very successfully implemented in some regions;

b)      that both the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Council have endorsed the principle that regional offices should be entrusted with clear and specific functions;

c)       that there should be greater cooperation among BDT, the other Bureaux and the General Secretariat in order to encourage participation by the regional offices in their respective spheres;


d)      that the regional and area offices are inadequately staffed,

noting also

that it is essential to evaluate the outcomes of the work accomplished by the regional offices, draw conclusions, and, if appropriate, make, with a view to the future, such adjustments as may be required to ensure that they operate in accordance with the imperatives of efficiency and effectiveness, to optimize the use of resources and to avoid duplication of effort, so as to continue to take decisions that will strengthen the regional presence,

resolves

1        to undertake an evaluation of the ITU regional presence;

2        that, within the scarce existing resources of the Union, the regional presence shall be further strengthened and kept under review in the interests of meeting the continually evolving requirements and priorities of each region, the first objective being to maximize the benefits of the regional presence for the whole of the Union’s membership;

3        that a broadening of the information dissemination functions of the regional presence is required in order to ensure that all of the activities and programmes of the Union are represented, while avoiding the duplication of such functions between headquarters and the regional offices;

4        that the regional offices shall be empowered to make decisions within their mandate, while the coordination functions and the balance between ITU headquarters and the regional offices should be facilitated and improved, in accordance with the strategic plan for 2008-2011, in order to achieve a better balance of work between headquarters and the regional offices;

5        that priority shall be given to implementing all elements of the ITU strategic plan 2008-2011 with a view to strengthening the regional presence, in particular:


i)     to expand and strengthen the regional offices by identifying functions which could be decentralized and implementing them as soon as possible;

ii)    to review the internal administrative procedures pertaining to the work of the regional offices, with a view to their simplification and transparency and enhancement of work efficiency;

iii)   to assist countries in implementing the projects defined in Resolution 17 (Rev. Doha, 2006);

iv)   to establish clear procedures for consulting Member States, giving Member States the opportunity to review the consolidated regional initiatives and provide feedback to help prioritize them and keeping them informed on project selection and funding;

v)    to provide the regional offices with greater autonomy in terms both of decision-making and of addressing the crucial needs of the Member States in the region, including, but not limited to:

-     functions relating to the dissemination of information, provision of expert advice and hosting of meetings, courses and seminars;

-     any functions and tasks that may be delegated to them relating to the preparation and implementation of their own budgets;

-     ensuring their effective participation in discussions on the future of Union and on strategic issues concerning the telecom­munication/information and communication technology (ICT) sector;

6                 that cooperation between the ITU regional offices, relevant regional organizations and other international organizations dealing with development and financial matters should continue to be improved, in the interests of optimizing the use of resources and avoiding duplication, and that Member States should be kept updated through BDT, where necessary, in order to ensure that their needs are being met in a coordinated and consultative fashion;


7                 that regional meetings should be organized in the various regions by the relevant Sectors, particularly ITU-D, in collaboration with regional organizations, in order to improve the effectiveness of the corresponding global meetings and facilitate better participation;

8                 that substantial resources have to be made available in order for BDT to be able to operate effectively in the interests of narrowing the telecommunication gap between the developing and developed countries, thereby supporting endeavours towards bridging the digital divide, and that, accordingly, the regional offices should, in coordination with ITU headquarters, take measures with a view to:

-     supporting pilot projects for the implementation of e-services/applications, analysing and disseminating their results and managing their further adaptation and development within the region;

-     creating a mechanism for the purpose of:

i)     developing a suitable and sustainable business model that will result in private-sector participation (companies and academic communities);

ii)    assisting in the determination of an appropriate and affordable tech­nology to meet the needs and requirements of rural populations;

iii)   formulating a rural deployment strategy that takes account of the ICT literacy of rural populations and is relevant to their conditions and needs;

-     actively assisting Member States in the area of funds-in-trust projects or projects financed from the ICT Development Fund,

instructs the Council

1                 to continue to include the regional presence as an item on the agenda of each session of the Council in order to examine its evolution and adopt decisions for its continuing structural adaptation and operation, with the aim of fully meeting the requirements of the Union’s membership and giving effect to the decisions adopted at meetings of the Union, and of consolidating the coordination and complementary aspects of activities between ITU and regional and subregional telecommunication organizations;


2                 to allocate the appropriate financial resources within the financial limits established by the Plenipotentiary Conference;

3                 to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the progress made in implementing this resolution,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to facilitate the task of the Council by providing all necessary support for strengthening the regional presence as described in this resolution;

2                 to adapt where necessary the agreements between ITU and the host countries of the regional and area offices to the changing environment in the host countries;

3                 to submit each year to the Council for consideration a detailed report on the regional presence, covering its staffing, a financial overview and the evolution and development of its activities, including the extension of its activities to the three Sectors, and, if appropriate, proposing any changes that would be conducive to the better accomplishment of its mission, and to disseminate this report to all Member States and Sector Members,

further instructs the Secretary-General

to suggest including evaluation of the effectiveness of ITU’s regional presence in the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit work programme, or to refer it to any other independent entity, if appropriate, taking into account the elements set out in the annex to this resolution,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, in close consultation with the Secretary-General and the Directors of the Radiocommunication Bureau and the Telecommunication Standardi­zation Bureau

1                 to take the necessary measures for further strengthening of the regional presence, as described in this resolution;


2                 to support the evaluation of the effectiveness of the ITU’s regional presence, taking into account the elements set out in the annex to this resolution;

3                 to develop specific operational and financial plans for the regional presence, in collaboration with the regional offices, to be included as part of ITU’s annual operational and financial plans;

4                 to review and determine the appropriate posts, including permanent posts, in regional and area offices, and provide specialized staff on an as-needed basis to meet particular needs;

5                 to fill the vacant posts in the regional offices, where appropriate, giving due consideration to the regional distribution of staff positions;

6                 to ensure that the regional offices are given sufficient priority among the activities and programmes of the Union as a whole, and that, to supervise the implementation of funds-in-trust projects and projects financed from the ICT Development Fund, they have the required autonomy, the decision-making authority and the appropriate means;

7                 to take the necessary measures to improve the exchange of information between headquarters and field offices;

8                 to strengthen the human resource capabilities and provide the regional and area offices with a measure of flexibility in terms of the recruitment of professional staff as well as support staff;

9                 to take the necessary measures to ensure the effective incorporation of BR and TSB activities in the regional offices,


instructs the Directors of the Radiocommunication Bureau and the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

to continue cooperating with the Director of BDT in enhancing the ability of the regional and area offices to provide information on their Sectors’ activities, as well as the necessary expertise, to strengthen cooperation and coordination with the relevant regional organizations and to facilitate the participation of all Member States and Sector Members in the activities of the three Sectors of the Union.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  TO  RESOLUTION  25  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Elements for evaluation of the ITU regional presence

The evaluation of ITU’s regional presence should be based on the functions assigned to its regional offices under Annex A: “Generic activities expected of the regional presence” of Resolution 1143 adopted by the Council at its 1999 session, in resolves 2 to 8 of Resolution 25 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) and in other pertinent decisions.

The evaluation of the regional presence should take into account, but not be limited to, the following elements:

a)     the extent of fulfilment of the provisions of Resolution 25 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) by BDT, the General Secretariat and the other two Bureaux, as appropriate;

b)    how further decentralization could ensure greater efficiency at lower cost, taking into consideration accountability and transparency;

c)     a survey of the level of satisfaction of Member States, Sector Members and regional telecommunication organizations with ITU’s regional presence, including the effectiveness of its regional programmes and offices;

d)    the extent of possible duplication between the functions of ITU headquarters and the regional offices;

e)     the degree of autonomy in decision-making currently accorded to regional offices, and whether greater autonomy could enhance their efficiency and effectiveness;

f)     the effectiveness of collaboration between the ITU regional offices, regional telecommunication organizations and other regional and international devel­opment and financial organizations;

g)    how regional presence and the organization of activities in the regions can enhance the effective participation of all countries in ITU work;

h)    the resources currently made available to the regional offices for reducing the digital divide;


i)     the identification of functions and powers that might be assigned to the regional presence in implementing the WSIS Plan of Action;

j)     the optimal structure of the ITU regional presence, including the location and number of regional and area offices.

In preparing this evaluation, input should be sought from Member States and Sector Members which benefit from ITU’s regional presence, as well as from the regional offices, from regional and international organizations and from any other relevant entities.

A report on this evaluation exercise should be submitted by the Secretary-General to Council at its 2008 session. The Council should then consider the appropriate course of action to be taken, with a view to reporting to the 2010 plenipotentiary conference on the matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  30  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Special measures for the least developed countries and
small island developing states

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

United Nations resolutions on programmes of action for the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS),

recognizing

the importance of telecommunications/information and communication technolo­gies (ICTs) for the development of the countries concerned,

having noted

Resolution 49 (Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference and the Doha Action Plan which provide for extending these measures to include SIDS,

concerned

that the number of LDCs has continued to rise and that it is necessary to address the situation of SIDS,

instructs the Secretary-General and the Director of the Telecom­munication Development Bureau

1                 to continue to review the state of telecommunication/ICT services in LDCs and SIDS so identified by the United Nations and needing special measures for the development and provision of telecommunications/ICTs, and to identify areas of critical weakness requiring priority action;


2                 to propose to the Council concrete measures intended to bring about genuine improvements and provide effective assistance to these countries, from the Special Voluntary Programme for Technical Cooperation, the Union’s own resources and other sources of finance;

3                 within existing resources, to provide the necessary administrative and operational structure for proper administration of the resources appropriated for LDCs and SIDS;

4                 to report annually on this matter to the Council,

instructs the Council

1                 to consider the above-mentioned reports and take appropriate action so that the Union may continue to display its keen interest and cooperate actively in the development of telecommunication/ICT services in these countries;

2                 to make appropriations for this purpose from the Special Voluntary Programme for Technical Cooperation, the Union’s own resources and any other sources of finance;

3                 to keep the situation under constant review and to report on this matter to the next plenipotentiary conference.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  32  (Kyoto, 1994)

Technical assistance to the Palestinian Authority
for the development of telecommunications

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

recalling

a)                the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

b)                the peace process now in progress in the Middle East and particularly the agreements signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,

considering

a)                that the peace process has fundamentally changed the situation in the Middle East;

b)                that the fundamental principles of the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) are designed to strengthen peace and security in the world for the development of international cooperation and better understanding among peoples,

considering further

a)                that a reliable telecommunication network is essential for consolidation and enhancement of the common understanding among the peoples concerned;

b)                that it is essential for the international community, either jointly through international organizations or by individual action, to assist the Palestinian Authority in developing a modern and reliable telecommunication network infrastructure,


noting

a)                the report of the Secretary-General submitted to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) (Document 52);

b)                that in a recent study the World Bank recognized that technical assistance in telecommunications for the Palestinian Authority would facilitate the development of a regulatory framework and the transfer of authority over public services from the Israelis to the Palestinians, and help the Palestinian Authority receive training to manage those services,

resolves

to explore and study the needs of the Palestinian Authority in order to improve the telecommunication infrastructure and identify where assistance is needed,

instructs the Secretary-General

to circulate among Members the results of that study, inviting them to contribute to the improvement of the Palestinian Authority’s telecommunication networks,

invites Members

to offer assistance needed by the Palestinian Authority based upon that study report, as well as any other available assistance,

instructs the Council

1                 to review that report and, together with the three Sectors of the ITU, to find the means of providing the assistance;

2                 to cooperate with the World Bank in its projects concerning telecommunications for the Palestinian Authority.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)


 

RESOLUTION  33  (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

Assistance and support to Bosnia and Herzegovina
for rebuilding its telecommunication network

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

recalling

a)                the efforts of the United Nations to promote sustainable development and the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions concerning the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

b)                the purposes of the Union as enshrined in Article 1 of the ITU Constitution,

noting

a)                with appreciation the efforts deployed by the Secretary-General and the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) towards the implementation of previous versions of this resolution;

b)                that the key role played by ITU in the rebuilding of the country’s telecommunication sector has been widely recognized;

c)                with appreciation that the mobile monitoring and direction-finding station offered by ITU using TELECOM surplus funds has been very useful for starting the implementation of a radiomonitoring system,

recognizing

a)                that considerable progress has been made in the implementation of previous versions of this resolution since its initial adoption in 1994;

b)                that, under the present conditions and in the foreseeable future, Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be able to bring its telecommunication system up to an acceptable level without help from the international community, provided bilaterally or through international organizations,


resolves

that the plan of action initiated after the Plenipotentiary Conferences (Kyoto, 1994 and Minneapolis, 1998) within the framework of the activities of the Telecommunication Development Sector of the Union, with specialized assistance from the Radiocommunication Sector and the Telecommunication Standardization Sector, should be continued in order to provide appropriate assistance and support to Bosnia and Herzegovina in rebuilding its telecommunication network and to its Telecommunication Regulatory Authority,

calls upon Member States

to offer all possible assistance and support to Bosnia and Herzegovina, either bilaterally or through, and at any rate in coordination with, the special action of the Union referred to above,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

to ensure that ITU’s action with regard to Bosnia and Herzegovina is as effective as possible and to report on the matter to the next plenipotentiary conference.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  34  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Assistance and support to countries in special need for rebuilding
their telecommunication sector

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                the noble principles, purpose and objectives enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in the Declaration of Principles adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society;

b)                the efforts of the United Nations to promote sustainable development;

c)                the purposes of the Union as enshrined in Article 1 of the ITU Constitution,

recalling further

a)                Resolution 127 (Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

b)                Resolution 25 (Rev. Doha, 2006), Resolution 26 (Rev. Doha, 2006), Resolution 51 (Doha, 2006) and Resolution 57 (Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference,

recognizing

a)                that reliable telecommunication systems are indispensable for promoting the socio‑economic development of countries, in particular of countries in special need, which are those having suffered from natural disasters, domestic conflicts or war;

b)                that, under the present conditions and in the foreseeable future, these countries will not be able to ensure effective operation of their telecommunication sector without help from the international community, provided bilaterally or through international organizations,


noting

that the conditions of order and security sought by United Nations resolutions have been only partially achieved and hence Resolution 34 (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference has only been partially implemented,

resolves

that the special action undertaken by the Secretary-General and the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, with specialized assistance from the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the ITU Telecommunication Standardiza­tion Sector, should be continued or initiated in order to provide appropriate assistance and support to countries in special need referred to in the annex to this resolution in rebuilding their telecommunication sector,

calls upon Member States

to offer all possible assistance and support to the countries in special need, either bilaterally or through the special action of the Union referred to above, and, in any case, in coordination with that action,

instructs the Council

to allocate the necessary funds to the aforesaid action, within the financial limits set by the Plenipotentiary Conference, and proceed with its implementation,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to carry out an assessment of the particular needs of each of these countries;

2                 to ensure adequate resource mobilization, including under the internal budget and the ICT Development Fund, for the implementation of the proposed actions,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to coordinate the activities carried out by the three Sectors of the Union in accordance with resolves above, to ensure that the Union's action in favour of the countries in special need is as effective as possible, and to report annually on the matter to the Council;

2                 with the approval of the Council, upon request from the countries concerned, to update the annex to this resolution as needed.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  TO  RESOLUTION  34  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

Afghanistan

As the result of the past 24 years of war in Afghanistan, the telecommunication system has been destroyed and needs urgent attention for its basic reconstruction.

Within the framework of Resolution 34 (Rev. Antalya, 2006), appropriate assistance and support shall be provided to the Government of Afghanistan in rebuilding its telecommunication system.

Burundi, Timor Leste, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone

Within the framework of Resolution 34 (Rev. Antalya, 2006), appropriate assistance and support shall be provided to these countries in rebuilding their telecommunication networks.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The basic telecommunication infrastructure of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been severely damaged by the conflicts and wars from which the country has suffered for more than a decade.

As part of the reform of the telecommunication sector undertaken by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, involving the separation of the operating and regulatory functions, two regulatory bodies have been instituted along with a basic telecommunication network, which requires adequate financial resources in order to be built.

Within the framework of Resolution 34 (Rev. Antalya, 2006), appropriate assistance and support shall be provided to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for rebuilding its basic telecommunication network.


Iraq

The telecommunication infrastructure in the Republic of Iraq has been destroyed by two and a half decades of war and the systems currently in use have become antiquated through long years of use.

Iraq has received no assistance from ITU for a long time due to the conditions of war it has experienced.

Within the framework of Resolution 34 (Rev. Antalya, 2006), the Republic of Iraq shall be supported in rebuilding and overhauling its telecommunication infrastruc­ture, establishing institutions, developing human resources and establishing tariffs, through the provision of all forms of assistance, including technical assistance.

Lebanon

Lebanon's telecommunication facilities have been severely damaged due to wars in that country.

Within the framework of Resolution 34 (Rev. Antalya, 2006), Lebanon shall be provided with appropriate assistance and support in rebuilding its telecommunication network.

Somalia

The telecommunication infrastructure in Somalia has been completely destroyed by a decade and half of war and, in addition, the regulatory framework in the country needs to be re-established.

Somalia has not benefited adequately from the Union’s assistance over a long period due to war in the country and lack of government.

Within the framework of Resolution 34 (Rev. Antalya, 2006), and using funds allocated to the programme of assistance for the least developed countries, a special initiative shall be launched, aimed at providing assistance and support to Somalia, in rebuilding and modernizing its telecommunication infrastructure, re-establishing a well-equipped ministry of telecommunications and establishing institutions, and developing telecommunication/ICT policy, legislation and regulation, including a numbering plan, spectrum management, tariff and human resource capacity building, and all other necessary forms of assistance.

 


 

RESOLUTION  35  (Kyoto, 1994)

Telecommunication support
for the protection of the environment

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                that telecommunication and information technologies have an important role to play in protecting the environment and in promoting develop­ment activities at low risk to the environment;

b)                that application of the latest telecommunication and information technologies, especially those associated with space systems, can be extremely useful in implementing and conducting environment protection activities such as monitoring air, river, harbour and sea pollution, remote sensing, wildlife studies, forestry development, and others;

c)                that the application of telecommunication technology can reduce paperwork, which ultimately saves forests;

d)                that telecommunication and information technologies respect the environment, and that the related industries can be located in rural areas in order to reduce urban congestion;

e)                that in many cases telecommunication and information technologies may facilitate, more economically than other means of communication, rapid decisions relating to the protection of the environment;

f)                 that there is a need to disseminate information on these aspects, as stated in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Agenda 21,


resolves

that the Union shall give every possible encouragement to an increasing role being played by telecommunication and information technologies in promoting environmental protection and sustainable development,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to carry out a study, with the assistance of the Directors of the Bureaux, and in collaboration with competent international and regional organizations, on a policy for promoting the use of telecommunication, infor­mation and space technologies for applications devoted to the protection of the environment;

2                 to prepare a report on this matter for dissemination following consideration by the Council,

instructs the three Sectors

to assist the Secretary-General in the application of this Resolution by providing him with all relevant information and by conducting studies in selected areas for evaluating and highlighting the advantages of telecommunication applications for the protection of the environment,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

to organize seminars and training programmes to meet the objectives of this Resolution and to encourage participation in exhibitions and similar activities for the same purpose.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  36  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Telecommunications/information and communication technology in the service of humanitarian assistance

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

endorsing

a)                Resolution 644 (Rev.WRC-2000) of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), on telecommunication resources for disaster mitigation and relief operations;

b)                Resolution 646 (WRC-03) of WRC, on public protection and disaster relief;

c)                Resolution 34 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, on the role of telecommunications/information and communication technology (ICT) in early warning and mitigation of disasters and humanitarian assistance;

d)                § 91 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society adopted by the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society,

considering

a)                that the Intergovernmental Conference on Emergency Telecommu­nications (Tampere, 1998) adopted the Tampere Convention on the provision of telecommunication resources for disaster mitigation and relief operations, which entered into force on 8 January 2005;

b)                that the second Tampere Conference on Disaster Communications (Tampere, 2001) invited ITU to study the use of public mobile networks for early warning and the dissemination of emergency information, and the operational aspects of emergency telecommunications such as call prioritization;


c)                that the third Tampere Conference on Disaster Communications (Tampere, 2006) encouraged wider understanding and cooperation between governments on implementation of the Tampere Convention;

d)                that the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe, Hyogo, 2005) encouraged all States, taking into account their domestic legal requirements, to consider, as appropriate, acceding to, approving or ratifying relevant international legal instruments relating to disaster reduction, such as the Tampere Convention,

recognizing

a)                the seriousness and magnitude of potential disasters that may cause dramatic human suffering;

b)                that the recent tragic events in the world clearly demonstrate the need for high-quality communications services to assist public-safety and disaster-relief agencies in minimizing risk to human life and to cover the necessary general public information and communication needs in such situations,

convinced

that the unhindered use of telecommunication/ICT equipment and services is indispensable for the provision of effective and appropriate humanitarian assistance,

further convinced

that the Tampere Convention provides the necessary framework for such use of telecommunication/ICT resources,

resolves to instruct the Secretary‑General and the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to work closely with the United Nations Emergency Relief Coor­dinator to support Member States which so request in their work towards their national accession to the Tampere Convention;


2                 to assist Member States which so request with the development of their practical arrangements for implementation of the Tampere Convention, in close collaboration with the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator,

invites Member States

to work towards their accession to the Tampere Convention as a matter of priority,

urges Member States Parties to the Tampere Convention

to take all practical steps for the application of the Tampere Convention and to work closely with the operational coordinator as provided for therein.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  37  (Kyoto, 1994)

Training of refugees

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

having noted

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 36/68 on the implementation of the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples and other resolutions relevant to assistance to refugees,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to continue his efforts with a view to the application of the United Nations resolution;

2                 to collaborate fully with the organizations concerned with the training of refugees, both within and outside the United Nations system;

3                 to report to the next Plenipotentiary Conference on the implemen­tation of this Resolution,

invites the Members of the Union

to do even more to receive certain selected refugees and to arrange for their training in telecommunications in professional centres or schools.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  38  (Kyoto, 1994)

Contributory shares in Union expenditure

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                that No. 468 of the Convention of the International Telecommuni­cation Union (Geneva, 1992) allows the least developed countries as listed by the United Nations to contribute to Union expenditure in the 1/8 or 1/16 unit class;

b)                that, under this provision, the 1/8 or 1/16 unit class may also be chosen by other countries determined by the Council;

c)                that some countries with a small population and a low per capita gross national product may encounter financial difficulties in contributing to Union expenditure in the 1/4 unit class;

d)                that it is in the interest of the Union that participation should be universal, that all countries should be encouraged to become Members of the Union and that all Members are able to pay their contributions,

instructs the Council

at each session to review, on request, the situation of countries not included in the United Nations list of the least developed countries in order to decide which of them may be considered as being entitled to contribute to Union expenditure in the 1/8 or 1/16 unit class.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  41  (Rev. Antalya 2006)

Arrears and special arrears accounts

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

in view of

the report of the Council to the Plenipotentiary Conference on the situation with regard to amounts owed to the Union by Member States, Sector Members and Associates,

regretting

the increasing level of arrears and slow settlement of special arrears accounts,

considering

that it is in the interest of all Member States, Sector Members and Associates to maintain the finances of the Union on a sound footing,

having noted

that a number of Member States and Sector Members for which special arrears accounts have been established, notwithstanding the provisions of No. 169 of the ITU Constitution, have up to now not complied with their obligation to submit a repayment schedule to the Secretary-General, and to agree on such a schedule with the Secretary-General, and that their special account has accordingly been cancelled,

urges

all Member States in arrears, especially those for which special arrears accounts have been cancelled, as well as Sector Members and Associates in arrears, to submit a repayment schedule to the Secretary-General, and to agree on such a schedule with the Secretary-General,


confirms the decision

to open any new special arrears account only after the conclusion of an agreement with the Secretary-General establishing a specific repayment schedule at the latest within one year of the receipt of the request for such a special arrears account,

resolves

that the amounts due shall not be taken into account when applying No. 169 of the Constitution provided that the Member States concerned have submitted their repayment schedules to the Secretary-General, and agreed on those schedules with the Secretary-General, and for as long as they strictly comply with them and with the associated conditions, and that failure to comply with the repayment schedule and associated conditions shall result in the cancellation of the special arrears account,

resolves further

that No. 480B of the ITU Convention adopted by this conference shall provisionally apply as from the date of signature of its Final Acts,

instructs the Council

1                 to review the guidelines for repayment schedules, including a maximum duration, which would be up to five years for developed countries, up to ten years for developing countries and up to fifteen years for least developed countries, as well as up to five years for Sector Members and Associates;

2                 to consider appropriate additional measures such as, for example, in exceptional circumstances, temporary reduction in class of contribution in conformity with No. 165A of the Constitution and No. 480B of the Convention, and the write-off of interest on overdue payments, subject to each Member State, Sector Member and Associate concerned complying strictly with the agreed repayment schedule for the settlement of the unpaid contributions;


3                 to take additional measures in respect of non-compliance with the agreed terms of settlement and/or arrears in payment of annual contributory shares not included in repayment schedules, including, in particular, suspending the participation of Sector Members and Associates in the work of the Union,

further instructs the Council

to review the appropriate level of the Reserve for Debtors' Accounts, to provide appropriate coverage, and to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the results obtained in pursuance of this resolution,

authorizes the Secretary-General

to negotiate and agree upon, with all Member States in arrears, especially those for which special arrears accounts have been cancelled, as well as with Sector Members and Associates in arrears, schedules for the repayment of their debts in accordance with the guidelines established by the Council, and, where appropriate, to submit for decision by the Council proposals for additional measures as indicated under instructs the Council above, including those related to non-compliance,

instructs the Secretary-General

to inform all Member States, Sector Members and Associates in arrears or having special arrears accounts or cancelled special arrears accounts of this resolution and to report to the Council on the measures taken and progress made towards the settlement of debts in respect of special arrears accounts or cancelled special arrears accounts, as well as on any non-compliance with the agreed terms of settlement,

urges Member States, Sector Members and Associates

to assist the Secretary-General and the Council in the application of this resolution.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)


 

RESOLUTION  45  (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

Assistance given by the Government of the
Swiss Confederation in connection
with the finances of the
Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

that the Government of the Swiss Confederation, under the existing arrangements, places at the disposal of the Secretary-General, if necessary and if the Secretary-General so requests, funds to meet the temporary cash requirements of the Union,

further considering

the assistance provided and the financial arrangements put in place by the Government of the Swiss Confederation enabling the Union to erect the new Montbrillant building,

resolves to express its appreciation

to the Government of the Swiss Confederation for its generous assistance in financial matters and hopes that the existing arrangements in this connection may be continued,

instructs the Secretary-General

to bring this resolution to the notice of the Government of the Swiss Confederation.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)


 

RESOLUTION  46  (Kyoto, 1994)

Remuneration and representation allowances
of elected officials

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

having regard to

Resolution 42 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989),

recognizing

that the salaries of elected officials should be set at an adequate level above those paid to appointed staff in the United Nations common system,

resolves

1                 that, subject to the measures which could be proposed by the Council to the Members of the Union in accordance with the instructions below, the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, the Directors of the Radio­communication, Telecommunication Standardization and Telecommunication Development Bureaux shall be paid with effect from 1 January 1995 salaries fixed in relation to the maximum salary paid to appointed staff on the basis of the following percentages:

Secretary-General                                                                                              134%

Deputy Secretary-General, Directors of the
Radiocommunication, Telecommunication
Standardization and Telecommunication
Development Bureaux                                                                                       123%

2                 that the above percentages shall apply to the net base salary at the dependency rate; all other elements of the remuneration shall be derived therefrom by applying the methodology in force in the United Nations common system, provided that an appropriate percentage is applied to each individual element of the remuneration,


instructs the Council

1                 if a relevant adjustment is made in common system salary scales, to approve any modification of the salaries of elected officials which might result from the application of the above-mentioned percentages;

2                 in the event of overriding factors appearing to the Council to justify a change in the above-mentioned percentages, to propose to the Members of the Union for approval by a majority, revised percentages with appropriate justifications,

further resolves

that representation expenses will be reimbursed against vouchers within the following limits:

                                                                                                 Swiss francs per year

Secretary-General                                                                                            29,000

Deputy Secretary-General, Directors of the
Radiocommunication, Telecommunication
Standardization and Telecommunication
Development Bureaux                                                                                     14
,500

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  47  (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

Compensation matters

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

a)                the need to ensure the competitiveness of remuneration levels in the Professional and higher categories;

b)                the specific needs of the Union for attracting and retaining highly technical and specialized staff with knowledge of the most recent technological developments;

c)                that most civil services and organizations facing similar difficulties have been able to find suitable solutions,

still concerned

by the increasing number of ad hoc measures taken by some Member States to give additional compensation to their nationals working in the United Nations system in order to compensate for the lack of competitiveness of remuneration levels in the United Nations common system,

recalling

the decision taken by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 47/216, reiterated in resolutions 50/208 and 51/216, endorsing in principle the use of special occupational rates in organizations with problems of recruitment and retention, and requesting that organizations collect data to substantiate the recruitment and retention problems they face in respect of certain specialized occupations,

recognizing

the efforts made by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) in order to respond to requests submitted by organizations of the United Nations common system concerning recognition of performance,


expressing its satisfaction

at decisions taken by the Council in application of Resolution 47 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) in order to enhance staff motivation through the implementation of an incentive scheme,

resolves to invite ICSC and the United Nations General Assembly

1                 to continue to monitor and to take steps to ensure the competitiveness of the common system compensation scheme for staff in the Professional and higher categories;

2                 to continue to introduce the required flexibility in the United Nations common system to enable small highly technical agencies to be competitive in the labour market from which they draw their workforce,

instructs the Council

1                 to continue monitoring with the greatest attention the question of protection of the purchasing power of pensions and the competitiveness of the compensation scheme for staff in all categories;

2                 to continue monitoring the responsiveness of ICSC and the United Nations General Assembly and to take steps in order to ensure that the specific needs of ITU, as expressed in the present resolution, are met.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  48  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Human resources management and development

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                Resolution 48 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on human resources management and development;

b)                No. 154 of the ITU Constitution,

noting

a)                the strategic plan for the Union as described in Resolution 71 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference;

b)                the report submitted to the 2002 session of the Council (Docu­ment C02/27), on effective human resources management in the Union;

c)                the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and implemented by ITU in July 2002;

d)                Decision 517, adopted by the Council at its 2004 session, on strengthening the dialogue between the Secretary-General and the ITU Staff Council;

e)                the report introduced to the 2006 session of the Council (Document C06/EP/3), on ITU human resources management;

f)                 Resolution 1253, adopted by the Council at its 2006 session, establishing the Tripartite Group on Human Resources Management,

recognizing

a)                the value of the human resources of the Union to the fulfilment of its goals;


b)                that the human resources strategy should emphasize the continued importance of maintaining a well-trained workforce and providing more training to serving staff members, while recognizing budget constraints,

further recognizing

a)                the value, both to the Union and to the staff, of developing those resources to the fullest extent possible through various human resources development activities, including in-service training and training activities in accordance with staffing levels;

b)                the impact on the Union and its staff of the continuing evolution of activities in the field of telecommunications and the need for the Union and its human resources to adapt to this evolution through training and staff development;

c)                the importance of human resources management and development in support of ITU's strategic orientations and goals,

considering

a)                the need to follow a recruitment policy appropriate to the requirements of the Union, including the redeployment of posts and recruitment of specialists at the start of their career;

b)                the need to continue to improve the geographical distribution of appointed staff of the Union;

c)                the need to encourage the recruitment of more women in the Professional and higher categories, especially at the senior levels;

d)                the constant advances made in telecommunications and information and communication technology and operation and the corresponding need to recruit specialists of the highest standard of competence;

e)                that it is likely that the definitive upper limit of the contributory unit approved by this conference for the years 2008-2011 will affect the amount spent on human resources in the Union;


f)                 that there are a number of factors that will affect the finances of the Union which cannot be accurately predicted up to the end of 2011, such as the fluctuations in the rate of exchange between the US dollar and the Swiss franc, and actual income that will be generated from cost recovery,

resolves

1                 that the management and development of ITU's human resources should be compatible with the goals and activities of the Union and with the United Nations common system;

2                 that ICSC recommendations approved by the United Nations General Assembly should continue to be implemented;

3                 that, with immediate effect, within available financial resources, and to the extent practicable, vacancies should be filled through greater mobility of existing staff;

4                 that internal mobility should, to the extent practicable, be coupled with training so that staff can be used where they are most needed;

5                 that internal mobility should be applied, to the extent feasible, to cover needs when staff retire or leave ITU in order to reduce staffing levels without terminating contracts,

resolves further

1                 that appointed staff in the Professional and higher categories shall continue to be recruited on an international basis and that posts identified for external recruitment shall be advertised as widely as possible and communicated to the administrations of all Member States of the Union; however, reasonable promotion possibilities must continue to be offered to existing staff;

2                 that, when filling vacant posts by international recruitment, in choosing between candidates who meet the qualification requirements for a post, preference shall be given to candidates from regions of the world which are insufficiently represented in the staffing of the Union, taking into account the desirable balance between female and male staff;


3                 that, when filling vacant posts by international recruitment and when no candidate fulfils all the qualification requirements, recruitment can take place at one grade below, on the understanding that since not all the requirements of the post are met, the candidate will have to fulfil certain conditions before being given the full responsibilities of the post and promotion to the grade of the post,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to ensure that human resources management and development help ITU achieve its management goals;

2                 to continue to prepare, with the assistance of the Coordination Committee, and implement medium-term and long-term human resources management and development plans to respond to the needs of the Union, its membership and its staff, including the establishment of benchmarks within these plans;

3                 to study how best practices in human resources management might be applied within the Union, and report to the Council on the relationship between management and staff in the Union;

4                 to fully develop a long-term recruitment policy designed to improve geographical and gender representation among appointed staff;

5                 to recruit, as appropriate within the available financial resources, and taking into account geographical distribution and balance between female and male staff, specialists who are starting their careers at the P.1/ P.2 level;

6                 with a view to further training in order to enhance professional competence in the Union, to examine and report to the Council how a programme of training for both managers and their staff could be implemented within the available financial resources throughout the Union;

7                 to continue to submit to the Council annual reports on staff and recruitment matters in general, including the issues in the annex to this resolution, and on the measures adopted in pursuance of this resolution,


instructs the Council

1                 to ensure, to the extent feasible within approved budget levels, that the necessary staff and financial resources are made available for addressing issues related to human resources management and development in ITU as they emerge;

2                 to examine the Secretary-General's report on this matter and to decide on the actions to be taken;

3                 to allocate the appropriate credits for in-service training in accordance with an established programme, representing, to the extent practicable, three per cent of the budget allocated to staff costs;

4                 to follow with the greatest attention the question of recruitment and to adopt, within existing resources and consistent with the United Nations common system, the measures it deems necessary to secure an adequate number of qualified candidates for Union posts, particularly taking account of considering b) and c) above.

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  TO  RESOLUTION  48  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Matters for reporting to the Council on staff
and recruitment issues

–      Geographical representation

–      Staff career policy

–      Staff morale

–      Balance between external and internal recruitment

–      Gender balance

–      Contracts policy

–      Implementation of human resources development plan

–      Improvements to human resources services

–      Alignment between the Union's strategic priorities and staff functions and posts

–      In-service training

–      Recruitment and promotion processes

–      Voluntary separation and early-retirement programmes

–      Short-term posts

–      Flexibility of working conditions

–      Relationship between management and staff

–      Workplace diversity

–      Harassment issues

–      Occupational safety

–      Compliance with United Nations common system policies/ recommendations

–      Performance evaluation and appraisals

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  49  (Kyoto, 1994)

Organizational structure and grading in ITU

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

recalling

a)                the High Level Committee recommendations concerning the need to increase delegation of authority within the ITU secretariat;

b)                the structural changes implemented following the decisions of the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) and the resulting reduction in the number of ITU elected officials;

c)                the obligation for the Union to apply the job classification system as approved by the United Nations General Assembly for application in all organizations of the United Nations common system,

considering

a)                that ITU should make full use of the United Nations common system grading structure (G.1 to D.2);

b)                that posts should be graded at the level resulting from the application of the United Nations common system job classification standards,

instructs the Council

1                 to ensure the correct application of the United Nations common system job classification standards for senior management posts, taking into account the level of responsibilities and the delegation of authority;


2                 to implement its decision of principle to use the D.2 level for these posts when justified by the United Nations common system standards;

3                 to ensure, on the basis of a report by the Secretary-General, that relevant ITU rules and regulations and practices concerning appointments and promotions are applied.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  51  (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

ITU staff participation in conferences
of the
Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

a)                that staff are a key element in the achievement of the Union’s objectives;

b)                the importance of good human resources management to the achievement of the Union’s objectives;

c)                the importance of fruitful working relations between the staff and its employer and of staff participation in the management of the Union,

d)                that it is important for the Staff Council to be consulted by the Secretary-General before decisions of a general nature are taken concerning human resources management and working conditions at ITU, in accordance with Staff Rule 8.1.1.b),

recognizing

the rights of staff under Chapter VIII of the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules,

noting

the initiative of the Council in creating a consultative group comprising representatives of the secretariat of the Union, staff representatives and Council Members States,

considering further

that the participation of staff representatives is beneficial to the Plenipotentiary Conference,


resolves

1                 that staff will be represented by a maximum of two persons who will attend sessions of the ITU Council and plenipotentiary conferences;

2                 that the staff representatives will be entitled to state the staff’s opinion concerning staff matters at the invitation of the Chairman of the meeting dealing with staff matters, or, as appropriate, at the request of a Member State of the Council, at Council sessions, or of a delegation at plenipotentiary conferences.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  52  (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

Rehabilitation of the Provident Fund of the ITU
Staff Superannuation and Benevolent funds

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

the situation of the Provident Fund shown in the balance sheet at 31 December 1997,

taking into account

that the support measures hitherto applied have been effective,

aware

that the Provident Fund continues to require support in the form of an annual contribution,

instructs the Council

to monitor carefully in coming years the situation of the ITU Staff Superannuation and Benevolent Funds, and in particular the Provident Fund, with a view to taking any measures it considers appropriate,

resolves

to reduce the annual contribution from the ordinary budget to the Provident Fund from 200 000 Swiss francs to 70 000 Swiss francs, and to maintain that contribution at the necessary level until the Fund is able to meet its obligations.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

 


 

RESOLUTION  53  (Kyoto, 1994)

Measures to enable the United Nations
to carry out fully any mandate under Article 75
of the Charter of the United Nations

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

conscious

of the decision taken by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Malaga-Torremolinos, 1973) to abolish associate membership in the Union and of Additional Protocol III to the International Telecommunication Convention (Nairobi, 1982),

taking into account

that the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989) decided not to continue the use of additional protocols and adopted its Resolution 47 on the matter which is also the subject of the present Resolution,

mindful

of the request recently reiterated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to continue, as in the past, the application, if the need arises, of measures enabling the United Nations to carry out fully any mandate under Article 75 of the Charter of the United Nations,

resolves

1                 that the possibility enjoyed by the United Nations, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the International Telecommunication Convention (Montreux, 1965) concerning associated membership, when carrying out any mandate in accordance with Article 75 of the Charter of the United Nations shall be continued under the Constitution and the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992);

2                 that each case related to resolves 1 shall be considered by the Council of the Union.

(Kyoto, 1994)


 

RESOLUTION  55  (Kyoto, 1994)

Use of the United Nations telecommunication
network for the telecommunication traffic
of the specialized agencies

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                the Agreement between the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union (Atlantic City, 1947), and in particular Article 16 thereof;

b)                that, by its Resolution 50, the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989) resolved that the United Nations telecommunication network may carry the traffic of the specialized agencies under specific conditions,

noting

a)                that the Secretary-General of the United Nations has requested that the International Telecommunication Union take such action as would allow the use of the United Nations telecommunication network by the specialized agencies;

b)                that, since 1989, ITU has been collaborating closely with the United Nations Telecommunication Service in the enhancement of the United Nations telecommunication network,

resolves

that the United Nations telecommunication network may carry the traffic of the specialized agencies which wish to use it, on condition that:

1                 the specialized agencies pay for the telecommunication service on the basis of the cost of operation of the service by the United Nations and tariffs established by administrations within the framework of the Constitution and Convention (Geneva, 1992), Administrative Regulations and practices of the Union;


2                 the use of the network is restricted to the principal organs of the United Nations, the United Nations offices and programmes, and the specialized agencies of the United Nations;

3                 the transmissions are limited to information exchanges concerned with the conduct of the business of the United Nations system;

4                 the network is operated in conformity with the Constitution and Convention (Geneva, 1992), Administrative Regulations and practices of the Union,

instructs the Secretary-General

to follow carefully the evolution of the United Nations telecommunication network, to continue cooperation with the United Nations Telecommunication Service and to provide guidance as appropriate,

further instructs the Secretary-General

to transmit the text of this Resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  56  (Kyoto, 1994)

Possible revision of Article IV, Section 11,
of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities
of the Specialized Agencies

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

in view of

Resolution 28 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Buenos Aires, 1952), Resolu­tion 31 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1959), Resolution 23 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965), Resolution 34 of the Plenipo­tentiary Conference (Malaga-Torremolinos, 1973), Resolution 40 of the Plenipo­tentiary Conference (Nairobi, 1982), and Resolution 53 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989),

considering

a)                the apparent conflict between the definition of Government Tele­communications contained in the Annex to the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) and the provisions of Article IV, Section 11, of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies;

b)                that the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies has not been amended in the manner requested by the Plenipotentiary Conferences of Buenos Aires (1952), Geneva (1959), Montreux (1965), Malaga-Torremolinos (1973), Nairobi (1982) and Nice (1989),

resolves

to confirm the decisions of the Plenipotentiary Conferences of Buenos Aires (1952), Geneva (1959), Montreux (1965), Malaga-Torremolinos (1973), Nairobi (1982) and Nice (1989) and of the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) not to include the Heads of the specialized agencies among the authorities listed in the Annex to the Constitution (Geneva, 1992) as entitled to send or reply to Government Telecommunications,


expresses the hope

that the United Nations will agree to reconsider the matter and, bearing in mind the above decision, will make the necessary amendment to Article IV, Section 11, of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies,

instructs the Council

to take the necessary steps with the appropriate organs of the United Nations with a view to reaching a satisfactory solution.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  57  (Kyoto, 1994)

Joint Inspection Unit

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

recalling

Resolution 52 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989),

having noted

the relevant section of the report of the Council to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

that it is appropriate that the International Telecommunication Union continue to benefit from the useful role played by the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) as an independent inspection and evaluation unit of the United Nations system,

instructs the Secretary-General

to continue to cooperate with the JIU and to submit to the Council reports of the JIU having a bearing on the Union, together with comments he considers appropriate,

instructs the Council

to consider the JIU reports submitted by the Secretary-General, and to take action thereon as it deems fit.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 


 

RESOLUTION  58  (Kyoto, 1994)

Strengthening of relations with regional
telecommunication organizations

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

acknowledging

that Article 43 of the Constitution states that: “Members reserve the right to convene regional conferences, to make regional arrangements and to form regional organizations, for the purpose of settling telecommunication questions which are susceptible of being treated on a regional basis . . .”,

considering

a)                that the Union and regional organizations share a common belief that close cooperation can promote regional telecommunication development through, inter alia, organizational synergy;

b)                that, at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) (Buenos Aires, 1994), some regional telecommunication organizations, such as Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), European Conference of Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), Inter-American Telecommuni­cations Committee (CITEL), Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Panafrican Telecommunications Union (PATU), Permanent Committee on Tele­communications of the League of Arab States (LAS), etc., expressed the need for the Union to cooperate more closely with regional telecommunication organiza­tions;

c)                that there is a continued need for the Union to cooperate more closely with regional telecommunication organizations, given the increasing importance of regional organizations concerned with regional issues;

d)                that the Convention encourages the participation of the regional telecommunication organizations in the Union’s activities and provides for their attendance at conferences of the Union as observers;


e)                that the WTDC (Buenos Aires, 1994) requested the Secretary-General to consider the thrust of its Resolution 6 in his report under Resolution 16 of the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (APP) (Geneva, 1992),

noting

that the Secretary-General’s report under Resolution 16 of the APP (Geneva, 1992), when available, should facilitate evaluation by the Council of the Union’s own regional presence,

resolves

that the Union should develop stronger relations with regional telecommunication organizations,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to consult with regional telecommunication organizations at an early date regarding cooperation on the basis envisaged in Resolution 16 of the APP (Geneva, 1992) and Resolution 6 of the WTDC (Buenos Aires, 1994);

2                 to submit a report on the results of the consultation to the Council, for consideration at its 1995 session, and to report regularly to the Council thereafter,

instructs the Council

to consider the reports submitted and take appropriate measures, including arranging for dissemination of the findings in the reports and the Council’s conclusions to non-Council Members and to regional telecommunication organizations.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  59  (Kyoto, 1994)

Request to the International Court of Justice
for advisory opinions

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

in view of

a)                Article VII of the Agreement between the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union which provides that requests for advisory opinions may be addressed to the International Court of Justice by the Pleni­potentiary Conference, or by the Council acting in pursuance of an authorization by the Plenipotentiary Conference;

b)                the decision of the Council “to affiliate the Union to the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation”, and the declaration recognizing the jurisdiction of the Tribunal which was made by the Secretary-General pursuant to that decision;

c)                the provisions in the Annex to the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation under which that Statute applies in its entirety to any intergovernmental organization which has recognized the jurisdiction of the Tribunal in accordance with paragraph 5 of Article II of the Statute of the Tribunal;

d)                Article XII of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation under which, in consequence of the above-mentioned declaration, the Council of the International Telecommunication Union may submit to the International Court of Justice the question of the validity of a decision given by the Tribunal,

notes

that the Council is authorized to request advisory opinions from the International Court of Justice as provided under Article XII of the Statute of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation.

(Kyoto, 1994)


 

RESOLUTION  60  (Kyoto, 1994)

Juridical status

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

in view of

the agreement concluded on 22 July 1971 between the Swiss Federal Council and the International Telecommunication Union to define the legal status of this organization in Switzerland and the associated implementing arrangements,

having noted with satisfaction

the Council’s remarks in section 2.2.7.1 of its report to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Document 20) concerning Resolution 56 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989),

instructs the Secretary-General

to keep the agreement and the manner of its application under review in order to ensure that the privileges and immunities accorded to the ITU are equivalent to those obtained by other organizations of the United Nations family with their headquarters in Switzerland and report to the Council as necessary,

requests the Council

to report as necessary on this subject to the next Plenipotentiary Conference.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  64  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Non-discriminatory access to modern telecommunication/information
and communication technology
facilities and services

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                the outcomes of the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of the World Summit on the Information Society, especially §§ 15, 18 and 19 of the Tunis Commitment, and §§ 90 and 107 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society;

b)                the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference, especially Resolutions 15 (Rev. Doha, 2006), 20 (Rev. Doha, 2006) and 37 (Rev. Doha, 2006) thereof,

taking into account

the importance of telecommunications/information and communication technol­ogy (ICT) for political, economic, social and cultural progress,

taking into account also

a)                that ITU plays an essential role in the promotion of global telecommunication/ICT development, specifically with respect to action lines C2 and C5 of the Tunis Agenda;

b)                that, to this end, the Union coordinates efforts aimed at securing harmonious development of telecommunication/ICT facilities,

taking into account further

the need to draw up proposals on issues determining worldwide telecommunica­tion/ICT development strategy, and to facilitate the mobilization of the necessary resources to that end,


noting

a)                that modern telecommunication/ICT facilities and services are established, in the main, on the basis of recommendations of the Telecommu­nication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU‑R);

b)                that ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations are the result of the collective efforts of all those taking part in the standardization process within ITU and are adopted by consensus by the members of the Union;

c)                that limitations on the access to telecommunication/ICT facilities and services on which national telecommunication development depends and which are established on the basis of ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations constitute an obstacle to the harmonious development and compatibility of telecommunications worldwide;

d)                Resolutions 15 (Rev. Doha, 2006) and 20 (Rev. Doha, 2006), on applied research and transfer of technology and on non-discriminatory access to telecommunication and information technology facilities and services on mutually-agreed terms, respectively;

e)                the strategic plan for the Union set out in Resolution 71 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference,

recognizing

that full harmonization of telecommunication networks is impossible unless all countries participating in the work of the Union, without exception, have non-discriminatory access to new telecommunication technologies and modern telecommunication/ICT facilities and services, without prejudice to national regulations and international commitments within the competence of other international organizations,


resolves

1                 that there should be non-discriminatory access to telecommunication and information technologies, facilities and services established on the basis of ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations;

2                 that ITU should facilitate non-discriminatory access to telecom­munication and information technologies, facilities and services established on the basis of ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations;

3                 that ITU should encourage to the greatest extent possible cooperation among the members of the Union on the question of non-discriminatory access to telecommunication and information technologies, facilities and services established on the basis of ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations with a view to satisfying user demand for modern telecommunication/ICT services,

invites the governments of the Member States of the Union

1                 to help telecommunication/information and communication equipment manufacturers and service providers in ensuring that telecommuni­cation/information and communication facilities and services established on the basis of ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations may be generally available to the public without any discrimination;

2                 to cooperate with one another in the implementation of this resolution,

instructs the Secretary-General

to transmit the text of this resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations with a view to bringing to the attention of the world community the viewpoint of ITU, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, on the issue of non-discriminatory access to new telecommunication and information tech­nologies and modern telecommunication/information and communication facil­ities and services as an important factor for world technological progress.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 


 

RESOLUTION  66  (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

Documents and publications of the Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

recalling

Resolution 66 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                No. 484 of the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) and Resolution 1 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) concerning the effective utilization of information resources;

b)                the need for efficient marketing and distribution of documentation and publications of the Union to promote increased use of ITU recommendations and other publications;

c)                the evolution of electronic handling and transmission of information;

d)                the continued development of new publishing technologies and methods of distribution;

e)                the desirability of cooperation with bodies engaged in relevant standards development;

f)                 the continued importance of the Union’s copyright in its publications;

g)                the need to derive revenue from publications as a means of recovering costs of production, marketing and sales;

h)                the need to provide a timely and efficient global standardization process;

i)                 the pricing policies of other relevant standardization bodies,


considering further

a)                that a primary purpose of the Union is to extend the benefits of new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants;

b)                the need to maintain a coherent financing and pricing policy which will ensure the continuity of publications, including the development of new products and the use of modern methods of distribution,

resolves

1                 that documents intended to facilitate the timely development of recommendations of the Union shall, to the fullest extent possible, be made available also in electronic format and be accessible to any Member State or Sector Member;

2                 that publications of the Union, including all recommendations of the Sectors, shall, where appropriate, also be made available to the Member States and Sector Members and to the public in electronic format and through electronic sale or distribution, with appropriate provision for payment to the Union for a particular publication or set of publications requested;

3                 that a request for any publication of the Union, regardless of its format, obliges those who obtain or purchase the publication to respect the copyright of the Union set forth in that publication;

4                 that a publication containing a recommendation of an ITU Sector obtained from ITU, regardless of its format, may be utilized by the receiving entity or purchaser for uses including furthering the work of the Union or any relevant standards body or forum that is developing related standards, providing guidance for product or service development and implementation and serving as support for documentation associated with a product or service;

5                 that none of the above is intended to breach the copyright held by the Union, so that any person or entity wishing to reproduce or duplicate all or parts of ITU publications for resale must obtain a specific agreement for such purpose,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to take the necessary steps to facilitate the implementation of this resolution;

2                 to ensure that publications in paper format are made available as quickly as possible so as not to deprive Member States or Sector Members not possessing electronic facilities of access to publications of the Union;

3                 to implement, within the financial constraints of the Union, strategies and mechanisms to enable all Member States and Sector Members to acquire and use the facilities required to access documents and publications of the Union in electronic format;

4                 to ensure that prices for all forms of publications of the Union are reasonable in order to promote their wide distribution;

5                 to seek consultation with the advisory groups of the three ITU Sectors to assist in developing and updating policies on documents and publications,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

to implement, as a priority, in close coordination with the Directors of the Radio­communication and the Telecommunication Standardization Bureaux, strategies and mechanisms to encourage and facilitate the efficient use by the developing countries, and in particular least developed countries, of the Web-based documents and publications of the Union.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  67  (Kyoto, 1994)

Updating of definitions

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

considering

a)                that the Annexes to the Constitution and to the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) contain definitions of certain terms used in the Constitution, in the Convention and in the Administrative Regulations;

b)                that, as a result of technical progress and the development of operating methods, it might be desirable to revise some of these definitions,

instructs the Secretary-General

to submit to the Council any changes accepted by a conference to definitions which are in the Annexes to the Constitution and Convention (Geneva, 1992), for subsequent transmission to the Plenipotentiary Conference for any action the latter may deem appropriate.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  68  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

the value of the annual celebration of World Telecommunication Day and World Information Society Day in supporting the main strategic orientations of the Union,

bearing in mind

a)                Resolution 46 (Malaga-Torremolinos, 1973) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, instituting a World Telecommunication Day celebrated annually on 17 May, date of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention marking the founding of ITU;

b)                United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/252 of 27 March 2006, stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May;

c)                the Tunis Agenda on the Information Society adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society, in which it is acknowledged that there is a need to build more awareness of the Internet,

resolves to invite Member States and Sector Members

to celebrate the day annually by organizing appropriate national programmes with a view to:

–      stimulating reflection and exchanges of ideas on the theme adopted by the Council;


–      debating the various aspects of the theme with all partners in society;

–      formulating a report reflecting national discussions on the issues underlying the theme, to be fed back to ITU and the rest of the membership,

invites the Council

to adopt, for each World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, a specific theme relating to the main challenges which the changing telecommuni­cation and information and communication technology (ICT) environment poses for both developed and developing countries,

invites Member States

to make available to the Secretary-General reports which may be produced on the main issues discussed at the national level,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to circulate to the entire membership a consolidated document based on the national reports submitted in accordance with this resolution for the purpose of fostering the exchange of information and views among and with the membership on a host of selected strategic issues;

2                 to liaise with the United Nations and consult United Nations agencies.

 

(Kyoto, 1994) – (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  69  (Kyoto, 1994)

Provisional application of the Constitution and Convention
of the International Telecommunication Union (
Geneva, 1992)
by Members of the Union which have not yet become
States Parties to those instruments

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Kyoto, 1994),

recalling

Resolution 1 of the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference of the Union (Geneva, 1992) on the provisional application of certain parts of the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) and Recommendation 1 of that Conference on the deposit of instruments and entry into force of the said Constitution and Convention,

noting

that, although the said Constitution and Convention entered into force on 1 July 1994 between Members having deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession before that date, only 56 out of the 184 Members of the Union have deposited with the Secretary-General their respective instruments of consent to be bound by the said treaties,

mindful

of its call for expeditious deposit of such instruments as contained in Recommen­dation 1 of this Conference,

considering

that it is indispensable, for the proper functioning of the Union as an intergovern­mental organization, that it be governed by one single set of provisions and rules as contained in its basic instrument, the Constitution (Geneva, 1992), and in the Convention (Geneva, 1992), the provisions of which complement those of the said Constitution,


resolves

to appeal to all Members of the Union which have not yet become States Parties to the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992) provisionally to apply the provisions thereof, until such time as they have become States Parties thereto by depositing with the Secretary-General their respective instruments of consent to be bound by the two treaties, and to confirm that the provisions of No. 210 of the said Constitution shall continue to apply until such time of deposit.

 

(Kyoto, 1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  70  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Gender mainstreaming in ITU and promotion of gender equality
towards all-inclusive information societies

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                the initiative taken by the Telecommunication Development Sector at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in adopting Resolution 7 (Valletta, 1998), transmitted to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998), which resolved that a task force on gender issues be established;

b)                the endorsement of that resolution by the Plenipotentiary Conference in its Resolution 70 (Minneapolis, 1998), in which the conference resolved, inter alia, to incorporate a gender perspective in the implementation of all programmes and plans of ITU;

c)                Resolution 44 (Istanbul, 2002) of WTDC converting the task force on gender issues into a permanent Working Group on Gender Issues;

d)                Resolution 1187 adopted by the Council at its 2001 session, on gender perspective1 in ITU human resources management, policy and practice, in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to allocate appropriate resources, within existing budgetary limits, to establish a gender‑perspective full-time dedicated staff;


e)                Resolution 2001/41 adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2001, in which ECOSOC decided to establish, under the regular agenda item “Coordination, programme and other questions”, the regular sub-item “Mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes of the United Nations system” in order to, inter alia, monitor and evaluate achievements made and obstacles encountered by the United Nations system, and to consider further measures to strengthen the implementation and monitoring of gender mainstreaming within the United Nations system;

f)                 Resolution 55 (Florianópolis, 2004) of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, which encourages gender mainstreaming in the activities of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector;

g)                Resolution 55 (Doha, 2006) of WTDC endorsing a specific action plan for the promotion of gender equality towards all-inclusive information societies,

recognizing

a)                that society as a whole, particularly in the context of the information and knowledge society, will benefit from equal participation of women and men in policy-making and decision-making and equal access to communication services for both women and men;

b)                that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are tools through which gender equality can be advanced, and are integral to the creation of societies in which both women and men can substantively contribute and participate;

c)                that the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), namely the Geneva Declaration of Principles, the Geneva Plan of Action, the Tunis Commitment and the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, outlined the concept of the information society and that continued efforts must be undertaken in this context to bridge the gender digital divide,


recognizing further

a)                the progress achieved in raising awareness, both within ITU and among Member States, of the importance of integrating a gender perspective in all ITU work programmes and of increasing the number of women professionals in ITU, especially at senior management level, while at the same time working towards the equal access of women and men to posts in the General Service category;

b)                the considerable recognition given to the work of ITU in gender and ICT within the United Nations family of organizations,

considering

a)                the progress made by ITU, and in particular the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), in the development and implementation of projects that target women and are gender-sensitive, as well as in increasing the awareness of the links between gender issues and ICTs within the Union and among Member States and Sector Members;

b)                the results achieved by the Working Group on Gender Issues in promoting gender equality,

noting

a)                that there is a need for ITU to investigate, analyse and further understand the impact of telecommunication technologies on women and men;

b)                that ITU should take the lead in establishing gender-relevant indicators for the telecommunication sector;

c)                that more work needs to be done to ensure that the gender perspective is included in all ITU policies, work programmes, information dissemination activities, publications, study groups, seminars, workshops and conferences,


encourages Member States and Sector Members

1                 to review and revise, as appropriate, their respective policies and practices to ensure that recruitment, employment, training and advancement of women and men alike are undertaken on a fair and equitable basis;

2                 to facilitate the employment of women and men equally in the telecommunication field, including at senior levels of responsibility in the telecommunication administrations, government and regulatory bodies and intergovernmental organizations and in the private sector;

3                 to review their policies related to the information society so as to ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective in all activities,

resolves

1                 to endorse Resolution 55 (Doha, 2006) on promoting gender equality towards all-inclusive information societies;

2                 to continue the work being done at ITU, and particularly in BDT, to promote gender equality in ICTs by recommending measures at the international, regional and national level on policies and programmes that improve socio-economic conditions for women, particularly in developing countries;

3                 to accord high priority to the incorporation of gender policies in the management, staffing and operation of ITU;

4                 to incorporate the gender perspective in the implementation of the ITU strategic plan and financial plan for 2008-2011 as well as in the operational plans of the Bureaux and the General Secretariat,

instructs the Council

to continue and expand on the initiatives carried out over the past four years and to accelerate the gender mainstreaming process in ITU as a whole so as to ensure capacity building, continuity and sustainability,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to continue to ensure that the gender perspective is incorporated in the work programmes, management approaches and human resource development activities of ITU, and to submit an annual written report to the Council on progress made on gender mainstreaming in ITU, including statistics on gender by grade of ITU staff and participation of women and men in ITU conferences and meetings;

2                 to ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective in all ITU contributions to the implementation of WSIS action lines;

3                 to give particular attention to gender balance for posts at the Professional category and particularly the higher levels in ITU and, when choosing between candidates who have equal qualifications for a post, taking into account geographical distribution (No. 154 of the ITU Constitution) and the balance between female and male staff, to give appropriate priority to gender balance;

4                 to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the results and progress made on the inclusion of a gender perspective in the work of ITU, and on the implementation of this resolution;

5                 to make efforts to mobilize voluntary contributions from Member States, Sector Members and others for this purpose;

6                 to encourage administrations to give equal opportunities to male and female candidatures for elected official posts and for membership of the Radio Regulations Board;

7                 to bring this resolution and Resolution 55 (Doha, 2006) to the attention of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in an effort to promote increased coordination and cooperation for development policies, programmes and projects that link ICTs to the promotion of gender equality,


invites Member States and Sector Members

to make voluntary contributions to ITU to facilitate the implementation of this resolution to the fullest extent possible.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  71  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Strategic plan for the Union for 2008-2011

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                the provisions of the ITU Constitution and Convention relating to strategic policies and plans;

b)                Article 19 of the Convention on the participation of Sector Members in the Union’s activities,

noting

the challenges faced by the Union in achieving its purposes in the changing tele­communication/information and communication technology (ICT) environment, both in the period covered by this strategic plan for the Union for 2008-2011 and in the following period,

resolves

1                 to adopt the strategic plan for 2008-2011, contained in Annex 1 to this resolution, based on the overall goals outlined in § 3.2 thereof;

2                 to complement this strategic plan with the goals, strategies and priorities for the three Sectors and for the General Secretariat, in line with their overall missions set out in §§ 4.1, 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 of the strategic plan,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 when reporting annually to the Council, to present progress reports on the strategic plan and on the goals, strategies and priorities for the General Secretariat and for the three Bureaux for 2008‑2011, including recommendations to adjust the plan in the light of changes in the telecommunication/ICT environment, based on evaluations of key performance indicators, as well as proposals by the competent Sector advisory groups, decisions by conferences and by assemblies of the Sectors and changes in the Union’s activities and its financial situation;

2                 to distribute these reports to all Member States, after consideration by the Council, urging them to circulate them to Sector Members, as well as to those entities and organizations referred to in No. 235 of the Convention which have participated in these activities,

instructs the Council

1                 to oversee further development and implementation of the strategic plan for 2008-2011 in Annex 1 to this resolution, on the basis of the Secretary-General’s annual reports;

2                 to present an assessment of the results of the strategic plan for 2008-2011 to the next plenipotentiary conference, along with a proposed strategic plan for the period 2012-2015,

invites Member States

to contribute national insights on policy, regulatory and operational matters to the strategic planning process undertaken by the Union in the period before the next plenipotentiary conference, in order to:

-     strengthen the effectiveness of the Union in fulfilling its purposes as set out in the instruments of the Union by cooperating in the implementation of the strategic plan;

-     assist the Union in meeting the changing expectations of all its constituents as national structures for the provision of telecommunication/ICT services continue to evolve,


invites Sector Members

to communicate their views on the strategic plan of the Union through their relevant Sectors.

 

Annexes:    Strategic plan for the Union for 2008-2011
                   Definitions of terms used in Resolution 71 (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

ANNEX  1  TO  RESOLUTION  71  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Strategic plan for the Union for 2008-2011

PART I – The Union and its membership

1             The mission and nature of the Union

1.1              Article 2 of the ITU Constitution states that the International Telecommunication Union is an intergovernmental organization in which Member States and Sector Members, having well-defined rights and obligations, and having due regard to the principle of universality and the desirability of universal participation, shall cooperate for the fulfilment of the purposes of the Union, as set out in its Constitution.

1.2              Nos 70 and 70A (Article 10) of the Constitution task the ITU Council with preparing a report on the policy and strategic planning recommended for the Union, together with their financial implications, in keeping with the guidelines established by the Plenipotentiary Conference, to ensure that the Union’s policies and strategies fully respond to the constantly changing telecommunication/ information and communication technology (ICT) environment.

2             The telecommunication/ICT environment and its impli­cations for the Union

2.1              Over the last four years, many developments have occurred in the telecommunication and broader ICT environment that have significant implications for ITU as a whole. These developments include (not listed in any special order):

2.1.1           the convergence of technological platforms for telecommunications, information delivery, broadcasting and computing and the deployment of common network infrastructures for multiple communication services and applications;


2.1.2           the continued growth, albeit uneven across countries, of the Internet and other IP-based platforms and related services, and the deployment of national and regional IP-based backbone networks;

2.1.3           the continuing rapid development of wireless and mobile radio­communications, and their convergence with both fixed telephony and broadcasting services;

2.1.4           the need for high-quality, demand-driven international standards, which are developed rapidly, in line with the principles of global connectivity, openness, affordability, reliability, interoperability and security;

2.1.5           the substantial investment of resources being made by service providers and equipment manufacturers for standards-making in next-generation networks (NGN);

2.1.6           the emergence of key technologies, including radio-frequency identification (RFID) and sensor-network technologies, which will be vehicles for creating new services and applications, enhancing efficiency in a revolutionary way and thereby promoting the building of the information society;

2.1.7           the conviction, as set out in § 15 of the Tunis Commitment, adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), recognizing the principles of universal and non-discriminatory access to ICTs for all nations and the need to take into account the level of social and economic development of each country, and respecting the development-oriented aspects of the information society, that ICTs are effective tools to promote peace, security and stability and to enhance democracy, social cohesion, good governance and the rule of law, at national, regional and international levels; that ICTs can be used to promote economic growth and enterprise development; that infrastructure development, human capacity building, information security and network security are critical to achieving these goals; and, further, that there is a need to effectively confront challenges and threats resulting from use of ICTs for purposes that are inconsistent with the objectives of maintaining international stability and security and may adversely affect the integrity of the infrastructure within States, to the detriment of their security; and that it is necessary to prevent the abuse of information resources and technologies for criminal and terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights;


2.1.8           the delivery of audiovisual services and applications over a wide variety of new platforms, including both fixed and mobile networks, resulting in increased competition for media distribution;

2.1.9           the continuing trend towards separation of operational and regulatory functions, and the creation of many new independent telecommunication regulatory bodies, in particular in developing countries and regional economic areas, as well as the growing role of regional organizations, in order to ensure the consistency and predictability of regulatory frameworks, and encourage capital investment;

2.1.10         continuing market liberalization, in particular in developing countries, including the opening of markets to competition, greater private-sector participation, and licensing of new market entrants;

2.1.11         the trend in a number of Member States to regulate tele­communications/ICTs with less reliance on sectoral regulation in competitive markets, generating different challenges for policy-makers and regulators;

2.1.12         encouraging the effective use of telecommunications/ICTs and modern technologies during critical emergencies, as a crucial part of disaster early warning, mitigation, management and relief strategies, in light of the accelerating pace of change in the global environment and of the action lines of WSIS;

2.1.13         ongoing challenges relating to capacity building, in particular for developing countries, in the light of rapid technological innovation and increased convergence;

2.1.14         significant differences and shortages, within and amongst Member States, both in deployment of telecommunication/ICT infrastructures and in the capability to use them to access information (i.e. digital divide), due to several factors and in particular the associated costs;


2.1.15         increased awareness of the role of ICTs as a tool for the overall development of society, the recognition that robust telecommunication/ICT infrastructures are fundamental to building the information society, and cognizance of the need to encourage the private sector to uphold its corporate social responsibility;

2.1.16         the important role of multilingualism in enabling all countries to participate fully in ITU’s work, and in constructing a global information society that is open for all.

2.2              Drawing upon its experience, the Union should take into account the outputs of the two phases of WSIS, namely the Geneva Declaration, the Geneva Plan of Action, the Tunis Commitment and the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society. In particular, special attention should be given to those action lines where ITU has been named as moderator and facilitator (i.e. information and communication infrastructure (C2) and building confidence and security in the use of ICTs (C5)), in addition to those action lines in which it has been named as partner.

2.3              A continuing challenge facing the Union 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 emerging information society. In this context, the Union must consider the following factors:

2.3.1           the need to engage representatives of new actors, such as the relevant WSIS stakeholders, in the work of the Union, especially as it relates to the emerging information society;

2.3.2           the need to raise public awareness of the Union’s mandate, role and activities as well as to afford broader access to the Union’s resources for the general public and other actors involved in the emerging information society;


2.3.3           the need to make optimal use of the established scarce financial and human resources available for the Union’s activities, and to make every effort to enhance these required resources, in order for ITU to meet its responsibilities and challenges for the benefit of its membership, particularly developing countries.

3             Strategic orientations and goals

3.1              The general goals, strategies and priorities of the Union are achieved through the activities of the Plenipotentiary Conference, the Council, conferences, assemblies and its three Sectors. The General Secretariat supports these activities, in the interests of the membership, in particular through the provision of conference services, centralized common services, information services, legal services, financial planning and cost control, human resource management, publications, as well as services delivered directly to the membership such as ITU Telecom events. One of the Union’s more important activities is its role, as part of a multistakeholder process, in the follow-up and implementation of the relevant WSIS outcomes. 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 a number of strategic orientations and goals for the 2008-2011 period.

3.2              The main mission of ITU – as a pre-eminent intergovernmental organization where Member States, Sector Members and Associates work together – is to enable and foster the growth and sustained development of telecommunication networks and services, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society. ITU can achieve this overall mission by:

Goal 1:  Maintaining and extending international cooperation among all Member States and with relevant regional organizations for the improvement and rational use of information and communication infrastructure of all kinds, taking the appropriate leading role in United Nations system initiatives on ICTs, as called for by the relevant WSIS outcomes.


Goal 2:  Assisting in bridging the national and international digital divides in ICTs, by facilitating interoperability, interconnection and global connectivity of networks and services, and by playing a leading role, within its mandate, in the multistakeholder process for the follow-up and implementation of the relevant WSIS goals and objectives.

Goal 3:  Widening the Union’s membership, extending participation and facilitating cooperation of an increasing number of administrations and organizations, as well as new actors, such as relevant WSIS stakeholders.

Goal 4:  Developing tools, based on contributions from the membership, to promote end-user confidence, and to safeguard the efficiency, security, integrity and interoperability of networks1.

Goal 5:  Continuing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ITU’s structures and services and their relevance to the requirements of the membership and the wider global community.

Goal 6:  Disseminating information and know-how to provide the membership and the wider community, particularly developing countries, with capabilities to leverage the benefits of, inter alia, private-sector participation, competition, globalization, network security and efficiency and technological change in their ICT sector, and enhancing the capacity of ITU Member States, in particular developing countries, for innovation in ICTs.

Goal 7:  Promoting the development of an enabling environment that assists governments in fostering supportive, transparent, pro-competitive, harmonized and predictable policies, as well as legal and regulatory frameworks that provide appropriate incentives for investment in, and development of, the information society.


PART II – Sectoral objectives and outputs[2]

4             Radiocommunication Sector

4.1              The mission of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) is to ensure, inter alia, consistent with application of Articles 1 and 12 of the Constitution, the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum by all radiocommunication services, including those using satellite orbits, and to carry out studies and approve recommendations on radiocommunication matters.

4.2              ITU-R has five main objectives (not listed in any special order):

4.2.1           Objective 1: To promote, foster and ensure cooperation and coordination among all Member States in decision-making on radiocommunica­tion issues, with participation of Sector Members and Associates, as appropriate.

4.2.2           Objective 2: To meet the requirements of the membership for spectrum, orbit access and operations in application of the Constitution, in the light, inter alia, of the accelerating convergence of radiocommunication services.

4.2.3           Objective 3: To produce recommendations on radiocommunication services in order to achieve connectivity and interoperability in applying modern ICTs.

4.2.4           Objective 4: To respond to the needs of the membership by disseminating information and know-how on radiocommunication issues, by publishing and distributing relevant materials (e.g. reports and handbooks), in coordination and collaboration, as appropriate, with the other Bureaux and the General Secretariat.


4.2.5           Objective 5: To provide support and assistance to the membership, mainly to developing countries, in relation to radiocommunication matters, information and communication network infrastructure and applications, and in particular with respect to (a) bridging the digital divide; (b) gaining equitable access to the radio-frequency spectrum and to satellite orbits; and (c) providing training and producing relevant training materials for capacity building.

4.3              In line with the results-based budgeting approach, these objectives are linked to ITU-R outputs as set out in Table 4.1 below. The five high-priority outputs for ITU-R have been identified as the following (without associating any order of priority to their appearance in Table 4.1 below): world and regional radiocommunication conferences (WRCs and RRCs); processing of space and terrestrial notices; ITU-R study groups; publications; and assistance to the membership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TABLE  4.1

ITU-R objectives and outputs

 

Objective 1

Promote coordination and collaboration among members

Objective 2

Meet requirements relating to spectrum and orbit access

Objective 3

Produce recommendations to achieve connectivity and interoperability

Objective 4

Disseminate information and
know-how

Objective 5

Support and assist membership, in particular developing countries

WRC

x

 

 

 

 

RRC

x

 

 

 

 

Processing of space notices & other related activities

 

x

 

 

 

Processing of terrestrial notices & other related activities

 

x

 

 

 

Study groups, working parties, task and joint groups

 

 

x

 

 

ITU-R
publications

 

 

 

x

 

Assistance to the membership, in particular developing countries and LDCs

 

 

 

 

x

Radio Regulations Board

x

 

 

 

 

Radiocomm. Assemblies

x

 

 

 

 

Radiocomm. Advisory Group

x

 

 

 

 

Liaison/support for development activities

 

 

 

 

x

Seminars

 

 

 

 

x

 


5             Telecommunication Standardization Sector

5.1              The mission of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) is to provide a unique worldwide venue for industry and government to work together to foster the development and use of interoperable, non-discriminatory and demand-driven international standards that are based on openness and take into account the needs of users, in order to create an environment where users can access affordable services worldwide regardless of underlying technology, particularly in developing countries, while at the same time establishing links between the activities of ITU-T and the relevant WSIS outcomes.

5.2              ITU-T has seven main objectives (not listed in any special order):

5.2.1           Objective 1: To develop and publish the required global standards in a timely fashion.

5.2.2           Objective 2: To identify relevant areas for future standardization projects to be initiated within ITU-T, while remaining aware of the ongoing work in other standards bodies, and cooperating and collaborating with them as appropriate in order to, inter alia, reduce duplication, avoid inconsistencies, and ensure that work of ITU-T creates added value.

5.2.3           Objective 3: To provide the most efficient, attractive and effective forum for the development of international standards that are well adapted to the changing telecommunication/ICT environment, as well as the implementation of relevant WSIS outcomes, consistent with ITU’s mandate and the needs and interests of the membership.

5.2.4           Objective 4: To promote the value of ITU-T in order to attract increased membership, recognizing that members and non-members have a choice in committing their resources to ITU-T and other standards bodies.


5.2.5           Objective 5: To respond to the needs of the membership and others by disseminating information and know-how through the publication and distribution of relevant materials (e.g. manuals), in coordination and collaboration, as appropriate, with the other Bureaux and the General Secretariat.

5.2.6           Objective 6: To cooperate and collaborate with other ITU Sectors, standardization bodies and relevant entities.

5.2.7           Objective 7: To provide support and assistance to the membership, mainly to developing countries, in relation to standardization matters, information and communication network infrastructure and applications, and in particular with respect to (a) bridging the digital divide and (b) providing training and producing relevant training materials for capacity building.

5.3              In line with the results-based budgeting approach, these objectives are linked to ITU-T outputs as set out in Table 5.1 below. The six high-priority outputs for ITU-T have been identified as the following (without associating any order of priority to their appearance in Table 5.1 below): World Telecommu­nication Standardization Assembly (WTSA); Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG); ITU-T study groups; workshops; ITU‑T publications; and promotion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TABLE  5.1

ITU-T objectives and outputs

 

 

 

Objective 1

Develop and publish timely global standards

Objective 2

Identify relevant areas for future standardization projects

Objective 3

Provide the most attractive forum for standardization in the interest of the membership

Objective 4

Promote value of ITU‑T to attract increased membership

Objective 5

Disseminate information and know-how

Objective 6

Cooperate and collaborate with other Sectors and other
entities

 

Objective 7

Provide support and assistance to the membership, in particular developing countries

WTSA

x

x

x

 

 

 

x

WTSA regional consultation

 

x

 

x

x

 

x

TSAG

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

Study groups

x

x

 

x

x

x

x

Workshops

x

x

 

x

x

x

x

ITU-T publications

x

 

x

x

x

 

x

Promotion

 

x

 

x

x

 

x

ITU operational bulletin

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

Database publications

 

 

x

 

x

x

 

UIFN registrar

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

UIPRN/
UISCN registrar

 

 

 

 

x

 

 

ITU-T general assistance and cooperation

 

 

 

x

x

x

x

 


6             Telecommunication Development Sector

6.1              The mission of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) is to be the pre‑eminent promoter and catalyst for telecommu­nication/ICT development and the bridge between relevant partners involved in ICTs, with a view to fostering equitable and sustainable access to innovative and affordable services, especially in developing and least developed countries, and harnessing the potential of the major world populations living in underserved areas to enter the information society, while at the same time developing synergies between relevant WSIS outcomes and ITU-D programmes and activities.

6.2              ITU-D has seven main objectives (not listed in any special order):

6.2.1           Objective 1: To organize and strengthen cooperation among ITU-D members and between ITU-D and other stakeholders, reflecting the relevant WSIS outcomes.

6.2.2           Objective 2: To foster an environment that promotes the development of telecommunication/ICT networks and services, in particular in the policy, legal and regulatory domains, taking into account a rapidly developing ICT environment and technology.

6.2.3           Objective 3: To support the identification of relevant projects, promote investment in these projects from related telecommunication/ICT ventures, and nurture public/private partnerships, where appropriate.

6.2.4           Objective 4: To respond to the needs of the ITU-D membership by providing and disseminating relevant information (e.g. reports and handbooks) and know-how, including information relating to the implementation of WSIS outcomes, in coordination and collaboration, as appropriate, with the other ITU Bureaux and the General Secretariat.


6.2.5           Objective 5: To support the implementation of global, regional and other relevant initiatives and projects, including those relating to underserved areas, indigenous communities and small island developing states, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, highly indebted poor countries, countries recovering from conflicts, countries and territories under occupation, regions with special needs as well as conditions that pose severe threats to the environment such as natural disasters, which will facilitate the deployment and operation of telecommunication/ICT networks and services with a view to fostering their secure, sustainable and affordable access and use at national, regional and global levels.

6.2.6           Objective 6: To assist developing countries, particularly least developed countries, countries with economies in transition and small island developing states, in building human, institutional and organizational capacity through human resource development and dissemination of pertinent information for ICT development.

6.2.7           Objective 7: To undertake economic, financial and technical studies on questions related to the development of telecommunications/ICTs, in conformity with the terms of reference of the ITU‑D study groups, and communicate the results, as appropriate, ensuring close coordination and cooperation within ITU as a whole.

6.3              In line with the results-based budgeting approach, these objectives are linked to ITU-D outputs as set out in Table 6.1 below. The four high-priority outputs for ITU-D have been identified as the following (in order of priority): international cooperation (world and regional telecommunication development conferences, WTDCs and RTDCs); study groups; programmes and assistance to the membership; and global and regional initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 


TABLE  6.1

ITU-D objectives and outputs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 1

Organize and strengthen cooperation reflecting the relevant outcomes of WSIS

Objective 2

Foster an environment for developing ICT networks, in particular the policy, legal and regulatory domains

Objective 3

Identification of relevant projects to promote investment in ICTs, and promotion of public/private partnerships

 

Objective 4

Respond to needs of membership by disseminating information and know-how

Objective 5

Support projects facilitating deployment of networks and services to foster secure, sustainable, affordable access

Objective 6

Assist developing countries, in particular LDCs, in building human, institutional and organizational capacity

Objective 7

Undertake studies on questions related to the development of ICTs, and communicate results

WTDC and RTDC

x

x

 

x

x

x

 

Study groups

x

x

 

x

x

x

x

Special programme for LDCs

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Global and regional initiatives

x

 

x

x

x

x

 

Telecommunication Development Advisory Group

x

 

 

x

 

 

 

GSR and regulatory reform

x

x

x

x

 

x

 

Info. and comm. infrastructure and network development

x

 

x

x

x

x

x

E-strategies, e‑services,
e-applications

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Economics and finance

x

x

x

x

x

x

x

Human capacity building

x

 

 

x

 

x

 

Statistics and ICT information

x

 

 

x

 

x

 

Partnership and promotion

x

 

x

x

 

 

 

Assistance to  the membership

x

 

x

x

x

x

 

 


PART III –          Intersectoral objectives and outputs of the General    Secretariat

7.1              The mission of the ITU General Secretariat, in accordance with Article 11 of the Constitution and Article 5 of the Convention, is to provide accurate, timely and efficient services to the membership of the Union and to serve and coordinate the activities of the Sectors of the Union in undertaking intersectoral activities, as well as to support the activities of the Sectors.

7.2              The General Secretariat has five main intersectoral objectives (listed in no particular order):

7.2.1           Objective 1: To provide the membership, the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Council, Sector conferences and assemblies, and study groups/working parties with the necessary modern IT‑infrastructure and other services for their work as well as with accurate, timely, coherent and transparent information on the ITU budget, programmes and activities and their financial implications, including the thorough application of the principles of cost recovery and the identification of new sources of funding, and with interpretation and translation services, documentation and publications, as required.

7.2.2           Objective 2: To progressively improve the efficiency of the operation and management of the Union, by proposing to the Council a sound and balanced budget, by ensuring financial accountability, including the implementation of a results-based approach with appropriate feedback mechanisms, effective and efficient management of conferences and meetings, cost-effective provision of information services, enhanced security, infrastructure and facilities, effective management of human resources and, where appropriate, outsourcing.

7.2.3           Objective 3: To facilitate the internal coordination of activities among the three Sectors in their external relations and corporate communications and where work programmes are overlapping or are related, so as to assist the membership in ensuring that it benefits from the full complement of expertise available within the Union.


7.2.4           Objective 4: To further enhance international cooperation and, where agreed by the membership, to develop innovative mechanisms for such cooperation, and to act as the depository of international treaties and agreements, consistent with the purposes of ITU.

7.2.5           Objective 5: To improve the exchange of information among the membership and to promote the activities of the Union in order to increase membership, encourage the use of ITU products and services, and raise the overall visibility of the Union within the ICT industry and the international community as whole.

7.3              In line with the results-based budgeting approach, these objectives are linked to the intersectoral outputs of the Union as set out in Table 7.1 below. The four high-priority intersectoral outputs have been identified as (without associating any order of priority to their appearance in Table 7.1 below): ITU Plenipotentiary Conference; the Council and its working groups; budget; corporate governance and communication; and implementation of the relevant WSIS outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TABLE  7.1

Intersectoral objectives and outputs

 

Objective 1

Information to membership on activities and financial status

Objective 2

Effective management of the Union

Objective 3

Intersectoral coordination of activities

Objective 4

International cooperation and agreements

Objective 5

Information exchange and ITU promotion

Plenipotentiary Conference

x

x

x

x

 

Council and working groups

x

x

x

 

 

Budget, corporate governance and communication

x

x

x

 

x

WSIS outcomes

x

x

x

x

x

ITU Telecom

 

 

x

x

x

WTPF

 

 

x

x

 

WCIT

 

 

x

x

 

Intersectoral coordination

x

x

x

x

x

PART IV –          Linking sectoral and intersectoral objectives with the          overall goals of the Union

8.1              The overall mission of ITU is to connect the world by extending to all of its inhabitants the benefits of telecommunications and new ICTs. In the pursuit of this goal, the Union’s three Sectors are tasked with ensuring the efficient use of the radio-frequency spectrum, with developing non-discriminatory standards, based on openness, and with promoting equitable and sustainable access to ICTs for developing countries. The Sectors are supported in their mission by the work of the respective Bureaux and the General Secretariat. The relationship between the mission of ITU and the missions of its constituent parts is represented schematically below in Fig. 8.1.


FIGURE  8.1

Overview of the mission of ITU and its constituent parts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8.2              The Union has a total of 45 outputs, as defined in the results-based budgeting approach. As such, these outputs are closely aligned with the sectoral and intersectoral objectives, which in turn serve to fulfil the overall goals of the Union, as set out in Fig. 8.2 and Table 8.1 below.

 

 

FIGURE  8.2

ITU goals, objectives and outputs

 


TABLE  8.1

Matching specific objectives to the overall goals of the Union

 

Goal 1

Maintain and extend international cooperation

Goal 2

Assist in bridging the digital divide, promote global connectivity through WSIS, etc.

Goal 3

Widen the Union’s membership

Goal 4

Develop tools to safeguard networks

Goal 5

Continue to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Goal 6

Disseminate information and know‑how

Goal 7

Promote the development of an enabling environment

ITU-R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 1

x

 

x

 

 

 

 

Objective 2

x

x

 

x

 

 

 

Objective 3

 

x

 

x

 

 

x

Objective 4

 

 

 

 

 

x

 

Objective 5

 

x

x

 

 

 

 

ITU-T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 1

x

x

 

x

 

x

 

Objective 2

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

Objective 3

x

x

x

 

x

x

x

Objective 4

 

x

x

 

 

x

x

Objective 5

 

x

 

 

x

x

x

Objective 6

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

Objective 7

x

x

 

 

 

x

x

ITU-D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 1

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

Objective 2

 

x

 

 

 

 

x

Objective 3

 

x

x

 

x

 

x

Objective 4

x

x

 

x

 

 

x

Objective 5

 

x

 

 

 

x

 

Objective 6

 

x

 

 

 

x

 

Objective 7

 

x

 

 

 

x

x

 


TABLE  8.1

Matching specific objectives to the overall goals of the Union (cont.)

 

Goal 1

Maintain and extend international cooperation

Goal 2

Assist in bridging the digital divide, promote global connectivity through WSIS, etc.

Goal 3

Widen the Union’s membership

Goal 4

Develop tools to safeguard networks

Goal 5

Continue to improve efficiency and effectiveness

Goal 6

Disseminate information and know‑how

Goal 7

Promote the development of an enabling environment

Intersectoral
Objectives (INT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective 1

x

 

x

 

x

 

 

Objective 2

x

 

 

 

x

x

 

Objective 3

x

x

 

x

x

x

x

Objective 4

x

 

x

 

 

 

x

Objective 5

 

x

x

 

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  2  TO RESOLUTION  71  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Definitions of terms used in Resolution 71 (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

Goals

Goals refer to the Union’s high-level targets to which the objectives of the Sectors and General Secretariat contribute, directly or indirectly. These relate to the whole of ITU.

Mission

The mission of a Sector or of the General Secretariat describes its main overall function, as set out in the ITU Constitution and Convention.

Objectives

Objectives refer to the specific purposes and aims of individual Sectors and of the General Secretariat. They describe the expected results to be achieved in a given period.

Outputs

Outputs refer to the final products or services delivered by ITU (e.g. deliverables of a programme). They correspond to the outputs as defined in the 2006-2007 budget of the Union. Outputs can be those of individual Sectors or Union-wide intersectoral products and services. Outputs are cost objects and are represented in the cost-accounting system currently used in ITU by internal orders.

Key performance indicators

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are the criteria or features used to measure the achievement of outputs, which in turn serve to fulfil the various objectives defined in the strategic planning process. These indicators can be qualitative, quantitative, or both. They are designed to provide a scale against which to measure and, inter alia, show progress towards producing outputs and achieving objectives.

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  72  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Linking strategic, financial and operational planning in ITU

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                the adoption of Recommendation 11 (Valletta, 1998) by the World Telecommunication Development Conference, highlighting the need for financial and operational planning to be considered for implementation on an ITU‑wide basis by the Plenipotentiary Conference;

b)                that, in the strategic plan for the Union for 2004-2007, as one of the priorities of ITU, operational planning was extended to the three Sectors and the General Secretariat as a mechanism for increasing accountability and transparency and enhancing the linkage between this management tool and the strategic planning and budgeting process,

recognizing

a)                that the process by which progress in achieving the objectives of ITU can be measured could be considerably enhanced through the linkage of strategic, financial and operational plans which set out the activities planned to be undertaken during any given four‑year period;

b)                that operational and financial plans for ITU should set out the activities of the Union, the objectives of those activities and the associated resources, and could be effectively utilized, inter alia:

–      to monitor progress in the implementation of the programmes of the Union;

–      to enhance the capacity of the membership to evaluate, using performance indicators, progress in the achievement of programme activities;

–      to improve the efficiency of these activities;


–      to ensure transparency, particularly in the application of cost recovery;

–      to promote complementarity between the activities of ITU and those of other relevant international and regional telecommunication organizations;

c)                that the introduction of operational planning and its effective linkage to strategic and financial planning may make changes in the Financial Regulations necessary in order to elaborate the relationships between the corresponding documents and to harmonize presentation of the information they contain;

d)                that an effective and specific oversight mechanism is required in order to enable the Council adequately to audit progress in linking the strategic, operational and financial functions and to assess the implementation of operational plans,

resolves to instruct the Secretary‑General and the Directors of the three Bureaux

1                 to identify particular measures and elements, which should be considered indicative and not exclusive, to be included in the operational plan, that will assist the Union in implementing the strategic and financial plans and enable the Council to review their implementation;

2                 to review the Financial Regulations of the Union, taking into account the views of Member States and the advice of the Sector advisory groups, and to make appropriate proposals for consideration by the Council in the light of recognizing c) and d) above;

3                 to each prepare their consolidated plans reflecting the linkages between strategic, financial and operational planning, for annual review by the Council;

4                 to provide to conferences and assemblies the necessary information from the full range of new financial and planning mechanisms available in order to allow a reasonable estimate of the financial implications of their decisions to be made, taking into account the provisions of Article 34 of the ITU Convention,


instructs the Council

1                 to evaluate progress in linking the strategic, financial and operational functions and in implementing operational planning, and to take steps as appropriate to achieve the objectives of this resolution;

2                 to take the necessary action to ensure that the future strategic, financial and operational plans will be prepared in line with this resolution;

3                 to prepare a report, with any appropriate recommendations, for consideration by the 2010 plenipotentiary conference.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  75  (Minneapolis, 1998)

Publication of the ITU Constitution and Convention,
decisions, resolutions and recommendations and the Optional Protocol on the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

noting

a)                that the instruments of the Union are the Constitution, the Convention and the Administrative Regulations;

b)                that this conference has adopted a new instrument containing the Rules of Procedure of conferences and other meetings of the International Tele­communication Union;

c)                that an Optional Protocol on the compulsory settlement of disputes relating to the Constitution, the Convention and the Administrative Regulations is open for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by Member States of ITU,

considering

a)                that revisions of the Radio Regulations are published in a reference publication containing an updated version of the Radio Regulations and of the resolutions and recommendations adopted by world radiocommunication conferences;

b)                that, despite their permanent nature, the ITU Constitution and Convention have been amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) and by this conference;

c)                that this conference has adopted Decision 3 relating to the treatment of decisions, resolutions and recommendations of plenipotentiary conferences,


resolves to instruct the Secretary-General

to publish a reference document containing:

–      the Constitution and the Convention as amended by plenipotentiary conferences, indicating, for amended provisions, the conference having adopted those amendments;

–      the full text of all decisions, resolutions and recommendations in force;

–      a list of abrogated decisions, resolutions and recommendations including the year in which they were abrogated;

–      the full text of the Optional Protocol on the compulsory settlement of disputes relating to the Constitution, the Convention and the Administrative Regulations.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  77  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Future conferences, assemblies and
forums of the
Union (2008‑2011)

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

having considered

a)                Document PP-06/22 submitted by the Secretary‑General, on planned conferences and assemblies;

b)                the proposals submitted by several Member States,

bearing in mind

the necessary preparatory work to be carried out by Member States, Sector Members, the General Secretariat and the Sectors of the Union before each session of a conference or assembly,

noting

that the dates for the next Radiocommunication Assembly (RA) have been set for 15-19 October 2007, Geneva, and those for the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) for 22 October-16 November 2007, Geneva,

resolves

1                 that the schedule of future conferences, assemblies and forums for the years 2008-2011 shall be as follows:

1.1              World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA): between May and November 2008;

1.2              World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF): first quarter 2009;


1.3              World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC): March 2010;

1.4              Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10): October/November 2010;

1.5              RA and WRC: February/March 2011;

2                 that the agendas of world and regional conferences shall be established in accordance with the relevant provisions of the ITU Convention and the agendas of assemblies shall be considered, as appropriate, taking into account the resolutions and recommendations of the relevant conferences and assemblies;

3                 (i)         that the dates and durations given in noting above for the RA‑07 and WRC-07, for which the agendas have already been established, must not be modified;

                   (ii)        that the conferences, the assemblies and the forum mentioned in resolves 1 shall be held within the periods indicated there, that the precise dates and places, where not already decided, will be set by the Council after consultation of the Member States, leaving sufficient time between the various conferences, and that the precise duration shall be decided by the Council after their agendas have been established.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  80  (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

World radiocommunication conference process

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that the agenda for the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC‑03) was amended and approved by the Council at its 2001 session;

b)                that the radiocommunication sector has experienced rapid technological growth, and demand for new services is increasing rapidly in an environment that requires timely and efficient action,

considering further

a)                that, for the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997) (WRC‑97) and the World Radiocommunication Conference (Istanbul, 2000) (WRC‑2000), many administrations submitted common regional proposals, which greatly assisted in the efficiency of the conference proceedings;

b)                that informal groups and general liaison between regions played an important role in smoothing the work of those conferences;

c)                that, by Resolution 72 (Rev. WRC-2000), WRC‑2000 encourages both formal and informal collaboration in order to resolve differences,

noting

a)                that this conference has adopted many of the recommendations of the Working Group on ITU Reform aimed at increasing the effectiveness of ITU in a rapidly changing environment;


b)                that, in accordance with Nos. 118 and 126 of the ITU Convention, the general scope of a world radiocommunication conference (WRC) cycle is based on a period covering two conferences, whereby agenda items requiring long periods of study can be foreseen for a future conference, while those that may be studied within two to three years can be placed on the agenda for the first conference in the cycle;

c)                that the strategic plan highlights a strategy aimed at more efficient world radiocommunication conferences;

d)                that No. 126 of the Convention requires a WRC to estimate the financial implications of its proposed agenda,

resolves

1                 that world radiocommunication conference preparations and administration, including budgetary appropriations, should be planned on the basis of two consecutive world radiocommunication conferences: a WRC shall propose the draft agenda of the next WRC and a provisional agenda for the second WRC;

2                 to support the regional harmonization of common proposals, as stated in Resolution 72 (Rev. WRC‑2000), for submission to world radiocommunication conferences;

3                 to encourage both formal and informal collaboration in the interval between conferences with a view to resolving differences on items already on the agenda of a conference or new items;

4                 that administrations, when proposing specific agenda items for WRC, should to the extent possible include some indication of the possible financial and resource implications (preparatory studies and decision implementation), to which effect they may request the assistance of the Radiocommunication Bureau,


instructs the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

to study, with advice from the Radiocommunication Advisory Group, ways of improving the preparations for, and the structure and organization of, world radiocommunication conferences, for consideration by WRC,

further instructs the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

1                 to consult with Member States and regional and subregional telecommunication organizations on the means by which assistance can be provided in support of their preparations for future WRCs;

2                 on the basis of such consultations and in collaboration with the Telecommunication Development Bureau, to assist Member States and regional and subregional telecommunication organizations in the organization of information sessions, and of formal and informal regional and interregional preparatory meetings in their respective regions and at conference venues;

3                 to submit to the Council a report on the application of further instructs the Director of the Radicommunication Bureau 2 above,

instructs the Secretary-General

to encourage the participation of all Member States and Sector Members in addressing this issue.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  86  (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

Advance publication, coordination, notification and
recording procedures for frequency assignments
pertaining to satellite networks

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that the Voluntary Group of Experts (VGE) created to study allocation and improved use of the radio‑frequency spectrum and the simplification of the Radio Regulations proposed changes to the Radio Regulations, including the coordination and notification procedures for satellite networks, with the aim of simplifying the procedures;

b)                that Resolution 18 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference instructed the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) to initiate a review of some issues concerning international satellite network coordination;

c)                that the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997) adopted changes to the Radio Regulations that entered into force 1 January 1999;

d)                that the coordination and notification procedures for satellite networks are the foundation for discharging the ITU’s role and mandate in space telecommunication matters;

e)                that the scope of application of this resolution has already been extended beyond its intended objectives;

f)                 that there are no criteria for how this resolution is to be applied in order to properly achieve the objectives set forth therein,


considering further

that it is important that these procedures be kept as current and simple as possible in order to reduce the cost for administrations and BR,

noting

a)                that all matters relating to administrative due diligence are covered in Resolution 85 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference and Resolution 49 (Rev. WRC-2000) of the World Radiocommunication Conference;

b)                Resolution 80 (Rev. WRC-2000) of the World Radiocommunication Conference, regarding due diligence in applying the principles embodied in the ITU Constitution,

resolves to request the 2003 and subsequent world radiocommunica­tion conferences

to review and update the advance publication, coordination, notification and recording procedures for frequency assignments pertaining to satellite networks, including the associated technical characteristics, and the related appendices of the Radio Regulations, so as to:

i)     facilitate, in accordance with Article 44 of the Constitution, the rational, efficient, and economical use of radio frequencies and any associated orbits, including the geostationary-satellite orbit, in conformity with the provisions of the Radio Regulations, so that countries or groups of countries may have equitable access to those orbits and frequencies, taking into account the special needs of the developing countries and the geographical situation of particular countries;

ii)    ensure that these procedures, characteristics and appendices reflect the latest technologies;

iii)   achieve simplification and cost savings for BR and administrations,


further resolves to request the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference

to determine the scope and the criteria to be used for the implementation of this resolution.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  88  (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

Processing charges for satellite network filings and
administrative procedures

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that the Plenipotentiary Conference adopted Resolution 88 (Minneapolis, 1998) dealing with processing charges for satellite network filings, requesting the Council to adopt the methodology and schedule of charges at its 1999 session;

b)                that, at its 1999 session, the Council adopted Decision 482 setting out the methodology and schedule of fees, based on a flat-fee component and a variable-fee component (depending on the number of pages of the publication), with payment falling due after the publication of the filing;

c)                that the World Radiocommunication Conference (Istanbul, 2000) (WRC-2000) dealt with the consequences of non-payment of such processing fees with the adoption of provisions in the Radio Regulations, and adopted Resolution 83 (WRC-2000) recommending that this conference consider the extent to which the provisions identified by WRC-2000 satisfy the purpose of Resolution 88 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference and consider the date at which they shall enter into force;

d)                that, at its 2001 session, the Council modified Decision 482 so that, for filings submitted after 1 January 2002, the flat-fee component would be invoiced upon receipt of the filing;

e)                that, by Decision 510 adopted at its 2002 session, the Council established in an ad hoc group to consider an alternative basis for charges that does not depend on the number of pages, as well as the practical implications of applying cost attribution to activities associated with the processing of satellite network filings towards the application of full cost recovery,


considering further

a)                that any delay in the application of satellite network cost recovery could result in a significant increase in the processing delay within the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) and may have financial implications;

b)                that any decision in this matter must ensure the protection of the rights acquired by Member States in applying the relevant procedures of the Radio Regulations,

recognizing

a)                that the provisions adopted by WRC-2000 and referred to in considering c) above established a linkage between the rights acquired by Member States in applying the relevant procedures of the Radio Regulations after 7 November 1998 and the payment of the fees for cost recovery for satellite network filings, and that this linkage satisfies the requirement referred to in considering further b) above;

b)                that the decisions taken by WRC-2000 satisfy the intent in the instruction given to WRC-2000 by Resolution 88 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference for consequences in case of non-payment,

resolves

1                 that cost recovery for satellite network filings shall be implemented as soon as possible consistent with the general principles for cost recovery adopted in Resolution 91 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

2                 that all filings in accordance with Council Decision 482, as modified, for the production of the special sections of the BR IFIC for space radiocommunication services concerning advance publication, and their associated requests for coordination or agreement (former Articles 11 and 14, plus Resolution 33 (Rev. WRC-97) and former Resolution 46 (WRC-97), or Article 9 of the Radio Regulations) and requests for modification of the space service plans and lists contained in Appendices 30/S30, 30A/S30A and 30B/S30B to the Radio Regulations received by BR after 7 November 1998 shall be subject to the application of cost recovery;


3                 that the date of entry into force of the provisions of the Radio Regulations referred to in considering c) shall be 1 August 2003,

instructs the extraordinary session of the Council to be held during this conference

to establish a group, open to all Member State s and Sector Members, in order to make recommendations to the 2003 session of the Council on:

i)     modifications to Decision 482 to give effect to resolves 1 and 2 above;

ii)    extension of the implementation of processing charges for satellite filings, received by BR as of a date to be set by the Council and not already covered in resolves 2 above, to include identifiable and auditable costs incurred directly in the processing of satellite network filings;

iii)   clarification of the meaning of the term “actual costs” referred to in resolves 4 i) of Resolution 91 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

further instructs the Council at its 2003 session

taking into account the recommendations of the group, as appropriate, to consider further modification of Decision 482,

instructs the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

to send a reminder 60 days before the date referred to in resolves 3 above,

recommends the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference

to implement resolves 3 above,


instructs the Secretary-General

to submit a report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the implementation of this resolution and on the operation of cost recovery for processing charges for satellite network filings.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  89  (Minneapolis, 1998)

Coping with the decreased use
of international telex service

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

a)                that the number of subscribers to the international telex service is decreasing due to the introduction of more convenient means, such as Internet, facsimile and SWIFT, made possible by technological advancements;

b)                that the World Telecommunication Development Report issued by ITU in 1998 shows that the number of telex subscribers worldwide has decreased by about 15% (compound annual rate) over the period 1990-1996,

noting

a)                that measures need to be taken to cope with the decrease in the use of the international telex service, which was once the only worldwide text service available;

b)                that countries may have different schedules for suspending the use of international telex services,

resolves to instruct the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

1                 to conduct a survey, to be updated regularly, on the decrease in the use of the international telex service and assess when it may become possible for the international telex service to be replaced by new means of telecommunication;

2                 to study measures, in collaboration with the Telecommunication Development Bureau, to assist developing countries in expediting the changeover from the international telex service to more modern means of telecommunication;


3                 to also study practical steps – for example work to encourage interoperability between telex networks and IP networks, which could be of particular value to those countries which have inherited extensive telex networks – and the application of other low-bandwidth data technology;

4                 to submit a report to the Council for review and action.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  91  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Cost recovery for some ITU products and services

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                that Resolution 39 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference endorsed the examination of options for strengthening the financial base of the Union, including reducing costs, more effective allocation of resources, ranking of activities according to the objectives of the strategic plan, wider participation of entities other than Member States and, where appropriate, charging fees for ITU services, particularly where these services are sought on a discretionary basis or to a greater extent than the level of facilities generally provided;

b)                that Council Resolution 1210 instructed the Secretary-General to establish a cost-accounting process that results in the cost of individual ITU projects and activities being identifiable and auditable, such a process being essential for the development of an accurate activities-based budget and for implementing cost recovery;

c)                that solidarity among Member States and Sector Members in sharing equitably in the defrayal of financial obligations should continue to be an important principle for the financial base of the Union;

d)                that the Union has developed a contributory system in which some Member States have voluntarily assumed a large share of financial support for the Union's core activities, from which all Member States benefit, although the importance of those activities may be weighted differently by different Member States,

noting

a)                the results-based budgeting concept that has been developed and implemented in connection with the 2006-2007 budget of the Union, in line with Council Resolution 1216;


b)                that the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) decided to implement operational planning in the three Sectors and the General Secretariat, in order to link financial planning and the strategic plan, by adopting Resolution 72 (Minneapolis, 1998), which was subsequently amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002) and by this conference;

c)                the adoption, by Council Decision 535, of a cost-allocation metho­dology which provides accuracy in the cost-accounting process and in the allocation of costs to outputs, through the design and implementation of a time-tracking system, and enables the full costs of activities and outputs to be identified;

d)                the role of the Council in establishing safeguards and controls on income and expenditure when adopting biennial budgets and when reviewing annual operational plans and financial operating reports,

recognizing

a)                that cost-recovery charges for products and services are segregated to the specific product or service, covering only the exact cost of providing the product or service to which they relate, and should not be considered as generating revenue or profit;

b)                that cost recovery can be a means of promoting efficiency by discouraging unnecessary or wasteful use of products and services;

c)                that non-payment of invoices issued for products and services subject to cost recovery has a negative impact on the financial state of the Union,

resolves

1                 to endorse the use of cost recovery on a prepaid basis, to the maximum extent possible, as a means of funding the products and services of the Union for which the cost-recovery approach is adopted;


2          that further application of cost recovery should be considered by the Council, and, if appropriate, implemented:

i)     for new ITU products and services;

ii)    for products and services recommended by a conference or assembly of a Sector;

iii)   in such other cases as the Council will consider appropriate;

3                 that when the Council is addressing the application of cost recovery for a particular product or service, the following factors shall continue to be taken into account:

i)     when a product or service is provided for the benefit of a limited number of Member States or Sector Members;

ii)    when a product or service is requested to a significantly greater extent by a small number of users;

iii)   when products or services are requested on a discretionary basis;

4          that cost recovery should be implemented by the Council in a way which:

i)     ensures that no more than the actual costs of providing products and services are recovered;

ii)    allows for open and transparent accounting for costs and receipts;

iii)   provides a means of adjusting the charge for the product or service based on actual expenditure in accordance with the cost-allocation methodology referred to in noting c) above;

iv)   takes account of the special needs of developing countries, particularly the least developed countries and small island developing states, to ensure that cost recovery is not an impediment to the development of telecommunication services or networks in those countries;

v)    allows all Member States an adequate level of the product or service free of charge, where appropriate;

vi)   ensures that charges are not applied to products or services requested prior to the date of the decision by the Council or the Plenipotentiary Conference to apply cost recovery;


vii)  allows for relevant products and services to be delivered in the most efficient and cost‑effective manner, taking into account best practices from other relevant organizations where appropriate,

instructs the Secretary-General

in consultation with the Directors of the Bureaux, Member States and Sector Members,

1          to continue considering and recommending a set of criteria for the application of cost recovery, consistent with, but not limited to, resolves 1, 2, 3 and 4 above;

2          to propose as soon as possible additional products and services to which the cost-recovery approach may be applied, either fully or partially;

3          to establish procedures and mechanisms for implementing prepayment for products and services subject to cost recovery, including invoicing, to be considered and approved by the Council;

4                 to prepare a report for consideration at each annual session of the Council, including further actions which may be required for the implementation of cost recovery,

instructs the Council

1                 to continue considering the report and the proposals of the Secretary-General and adopt new criteria or modifications to the previous criteria for the application of cost recovery in a manner consistent with resolves 1, 2, 3 and 4 above;

2                 to continue considering, on a case by case basis, products and services which meet the criteria referred to above, and decide which products and services should be subject to cost recovery;

3                 to continue developing appropriate charges based on full attribution of the costs of providing the service;


4                 to continue implementing appropriate arrangements to meet the needs of developing countries, particularly the least developed countries;

5          to continue promoting efficiency in the delivery of and payment for products and services which are subject to cost-recovery charges;

6          to ensure that any shortfall in income is properly managed, by reviewing annually the actual performance of activities subject to cost recovery, so that timely corrective measures can be taken, as appropriate;

7          to improve the forecasting of cost-recovery income by using the results-based budgeting framework, time-tracking system and cost-allocation methodology;

8          to continue amending the Financial Regulations as required in order to enable the implementation of cost recovery and ensure accountability and accuracy;

9                 to report to the subsequent plenipotentiary conference on action taken to implement this resolution.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  93  (Minneapolis, 1998)

Special arrears accounts

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

in view of

a)                the report of the Council to the Plenipotentiary Conference on the situation with regard to amounts owed to the Union by Member States and Sector Members;

b)                Resolution 10 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Malaga-Torremolinos, 1973), Resolution 53 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nairobi, 1982), Resolution 38 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989) and Resolution 42 of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994),

regretting

the increasing level of arrears and the slow settlement of special arrears accounts,

considering

that it is in the interests of all Member States and Sector Members to maintain the finances of the Union on a sound footing,

resolves

1                 that

a)    the amount of 509 458.45 Swiss francs owed by the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in respect of 1982-1991 contributions;

b)    721 572.65 Swiss francs of the total amount of 801 747.40 Swiss francs owed by Grenada in respect of 1982-1996 contributions and interest on overdue payments;


c)     the amount of 1 225 814.65 Swiss francs owed by Nicaragua in respect of 1983-1996 contributions;

d)    the amount of 458 998.25 Swiss francs owed by the Azerbaijani Republic in respect of 1993‑1998 contributions;

e)     the amount of 928 646.30 Swiss francs owed by Sierra Leone in respect of 1976-1998 contributions and publications;

f)     the amount of 1 266 128.65 Swiss francs owed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo in respect of 1991-1998 contributions and publications;

g)    the amount of 547 219.90 Swiss francs owed by Costa Rica in respect of 1991-1997 contributions

shall be transferred to a special arrears account bearing no interest under the conditions laid down in Resolution 41 (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998);

2                 that the transfer to a special arrears account shall not release the Member States concerned from the obligation to settle their arrears;

3                 that this resolution shall not in any circumstances be invoked as a precedent,

authorizes the Council

to write off the amount of 809 352.10 Swiss francs owed by the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the amount of 851 657.90 Swiss francs owed by Nicaragua, the amount of 70 966.80 Swiss francs owed by the Azerbaijani Republic, the amount of 1 121 266.15 Swiss francs owed by Sierra Leone, the amount of 261 621.60 Swiss francs owed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the amount of 150 339.70 Swiss francs owed by Costa Rica for interest on overdue payments, subject to each Member State concerned complying strictly with the agreed repayment schedule for the settlement of the unpaid contributions,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to inform the competent authorities of the Member States concerned of this resolution and of Resolution 41 (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998);

2                 to report annually to the Council on the progress made by these Member States towards repaying their debts and on the action taken under Resolution 41 (Rev. Minneapolis, 1998),

instructs the Council

1                 to take appropriate measures for the application of this resolution;

2                 to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on the results obtained in pursuance of this resolution.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  94  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Auditing of the accounts of the Union

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

that the External Auditor appointed by the Government of the Confederation of Switzerland audited the Union’s accounts for the years 2002-2005 most carefully, competently and accurately,

resolves to express

its warmest thanks and deepest gratitude to the Government of the Confederation of Switzerland and its hope that the existing arrangements for the auditing of the Union’s accounts may be renewed,

instructs the Secretary-General

to bring this resolution to the notice of the Government of the Confederation of Switzerland.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  96  (Minneapolis, 1998)

Introduction of a long-term care insurance
scheme in the
Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

recalling

a)                Article 20 of the Headquarters Agreement of 22 July 1971 between the Swiss Federal Council and the Union under which ITU has to provide its staff with a social protection coverage equivalent to the one in force in the host country;

b)                that the current health provisions of the United Nations organizations do not allow for payments for long-term care;

c)                its commitment to the welfare of the Union’s staff;

d)                the study by the Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions (CCAQ) – (Personnel and General Administrative Questions) and the Adminis­trative Committee on Coordination (ACC) on the possibility of introducing an affordable long-term care insurance in the United Nations common system,

considering

a)                that, before and after retirement, some international civil servants may be excluded from their national social security arrangements;

b)                that life expectancy is increasing rapidly and most of those surviving into old age will have some degree of handicap,


resolves to instruct the Secretary-General

1                 to consult the executive heads of other United Nations common system organizations regarding their interest in the possible introduction of a long-term care insurance in their organizations, comprising a mandatory low-premium component and a voluntary component, as proposed by CCAQ and ACC;

2                 to compile and prepare appropriate data regarding the possible introduction of a long-term care insurance, comprising a mandatory low-premium component and a voluntary component, as proposed by CCAQ and ACC, and in particular, regarding the cost of such an insurance for the Union and for the participant staff members;

3                 to report to the next Council session on the outcome of deliberations in ACC on the above-mentioned proposal and other progress made with respect to this resolution.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  98  (Minneapolis, 1998)

The use of telecommunications for the safety and
security of humanitarian personnel in the field

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

recognizing

that, in fulfilling their duties, humanitarian personnel are frequently exposed to a high degree of risk,

gravely concerned

about the increasing number of tragic incidents of injury or loss of life involving humanitarian personnel in the field,

noting

a)                the provisions of Nos. 9, 17 and 191 of the Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union which state, respectively, that the Union is to promote, at the international level, the adoption of a broader approach to the issues of telecommunications in the global information economy and society by cooperating with other organizations; that the Union shall in particular promote the adoption of measures for ensuring the safety of life through the cooperation of telecommunication services; and that international telecommunication services must give absolute priority to all telecommunications concerning safety of life;

b)                the Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations which recalls the essential role of telecommunication resources in facilitating the safety of humanitarian relief and assistance personnel;


c)                the Convention on the Safety and Security of United Nations and Associated Personnel, adopted by the 49th session of the United Nations General Assembly, laying down principles and duties to ensure the safety and security of United Nations and associated personnel,

convinced

that the unhindered use of telecommunication equipment and services can greatly improve the safety and security of humanitarian personnel in the field,

recalling

a)                Resolution 644 of the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997) which recognizes the vital role of telecommunications for the safety and security of relief workers in the field;

b)                Resolution 19 of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Valletta, 1998) which recognizes the vital role of telecommuni­cations for the safety and security of relief workers in the field,

desiring

to ensure the full application of telecommunication technology and services for the safety and security of humanitarian personnel,

resolves to instruct the Secretary-General

to study the possibilities for increased use of telecommunications for the safety and security of humanitarian personnel in the field and to report to the Council at its 1999 session,

instructs the Council

to address the issue of the use of telecommunications for the safety and security of humanitarian personnel in the field and to take appropriate actions to improve that use,


urges Member States

to ensure that humanitarian personnel have unhindered and uninterrupted use of telecommunication resources required for their safety and security in accordance with the national rules and regulations of the States concerned.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  99  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Status of Palestine in ITU

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

b)                Resolution 52/250 of the United Nations General Assembly, on the participation of Palestine in the work of the United Nations;

c)                Resolutions 6 (Kyoto, 1994), 32 (Kyoto, 1994) and 125 (Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

d)                Resolution 18 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference;

e)                that Nos 6 and 7 of Article 1 of the ITU Constitution provide “to promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants” and “to promote the use of telecommunication services with the objective of facilitating peaceful relations”,

considering

a)                that the basic instruments of the Union have as a purpose to strengthen peace and security in the world by means of international cooperation and better understanding among peoples;

b)                that, to achieve the above purpose, ITU needs to have a universal character,


considering further

a)                the outcomes of both the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of the World Summit on the Information Society;

b)                the participation of Palestine in the Regional Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2006), and the acceptance of Palestinian requirements in the digital broadcasting plan, subject to its notifying the ITU Secretary-General that it accepts the rights and commits to observe the obligations arising therefrom;

c)                successive developments and changes in the information and communication technology sector under the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority, towards restructuring and liberalization of the sector and competition;

d)                that many, but not all, ITU Member States recognize Palestine as a State,

bearing in mind

the basic principles in the preamble to the ITU Constitution,

resolves

that, pending any further change in the status of Palestine in ITU, the following shall apply:

1                 the provisions of the Administrative Regulations, and related resolutions and recommendations, shall be applied to the Palestinian Authority in the same manner as they are applied to administrations as defined in No. 1002 of the Constitution, and the General Secretariat and the three Bureaux shall act accordingly, in particular in relation to international access code, call signs and the processing of frequency assignment notifications;

2                 Palestine may participate in all ITU conferences, assemblies and meetings as an observer, with the rights that are attributed to an observer as defined in No. 1002 of the Convention, and in treaty-making conferences with the following additional rights:


–      the right to raise points of order related to the proceedings on Palestinian and Middle East issues, provided that the right to raise such a point of order shall not include the right to challenge the decision of the presiding officer;

–      the right to co-sponsor draft resolutions* and decisions on Palestinian and Middle East issues; such draft resolutions and decisions shall only be put to vote upon request from a Member State;

–      the right to participate in debates;

–      without prejudice to the priority of Member States, Palestine shall have the right to be included on the list of speakers under agenda items other than Palestinian and Middle East issues at any plenary or committee meeting of the above conferences, assemblies and meetings, after the last Member State on the list of speakers for that meeting;

–      the right of reply;

3                 the Palestinian delegation shall be seated immediately after Member States;

4                 Palestinian operating agencies, scientific or industrial organizations and financial and development institutions dealing with telecommunication matters may apply directly to the Secretary-General to participate in the activities of the Union as Sector Members or Associates, and said requests will be duly acted upon; notwithstanding the above, the provisions of Nos 28B and 28C of the Constitution (to the extent the provisions of the latter pertain to the adoption of questions and recommendations having policy or regulatory implications, and decisions relating to the working methods and procedures of the Sector concerned) shall not apply,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to ensure the implementation of this resolution and all other resolutions adopted by plenipotentiary conferences on Palestine, particularly decisions relating to international access code and processing of frequency assignment notifications, and to report periodically to the Council on progress in these matters;

2                 to coordinate activities of the three Sectors of the Union in accordance with resolves above in order to ensure maximum effectiveness of actions taken by the Union in favour of the Palestinian Authority and to report progress in these matters to the next session of the Council and the next plenipotentiary conference.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  100  (Minneapolis, 1998)

Role of the Secretary-General of ITU as depositary
for memoranda of understanding

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Minneapolis, 1998),

considering

a)                that one of the purposes of the Union as set out in Article 1 of the Constitution is to maintain and extend international cooperation between all its Member States for the improvement and rational use of telecommunications of all kinds;

b)                that another purpose of the Union is to promote, at the international level, the adoption of a broader approach to the issues of telecommunications in the global information economy and society, by cooperating with other world and regional intergovernmental organizations and those non-governmental organi­zations concerned with telecommunications,

noting

that cooperative multilateral action in the field of telecommunications is increasingly being achieved through the conclusion of memoranda of understanding (”MoUs”), which are generally non-binding instruments used to reflect international consensus on a matter, and in which both Member States and Sector Members may participate,

appreciating

the successful implementation of the MoU on global mobile personal communications by satellite (GMPCS), which is open to Member States, Sector Members and other telecommunication entities to sign, and the role of the Secretary-General as depositary for that MoU, as approved by Council,


observing

that the Secretary-General has recently received a number of requests to serve as depositary for other MoUs that relate to telecommunications,

believing

that the Secretary-General’s role as depositary for any MoU must follow established criteria and guidelines and must be in line with the general practices of the United Nations system,

instructs the Council

1                 to formulate criteria and guidelines for the Secretary-General to respond to requests to serve as depositary for MoUs, based on the following principles:

a)    that any involvement of the Secretary-General in this capacity should contribute to and be within the purposes of the Union as set forth in Article 1 of the Constitution;

b)    that such involvement be on the basis of cost recovery;

c)     that interested Member States and Sector Members will be kept informed of the activities of the Secretary-General in serving as depositary of the MoUs and will not be restricted from joining relevant MoUs;

d)    that the sovereignty and rights of ITU Member States are fully respected and preserved;

2                 to implement a mechanism to review the Secretary-General’s activities in these matters;

3                 to report on the application of this resolution to the next plenipotentiary conference,


resolves

that in keeping with the criteria and guidelines to be established by the Council, the Secretary-General may, with the approval of the Council, serve as depositary for MoUs that relate to telecommunications and that are in the overall interest of the Union.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  101  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Internet Protocol-based networks

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

aware

a)                that one of the purposes of the Union is to promote the extension of new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants;

b)                that, in order to fulfil its purposes, the Union should, among other things, facilitate the worldwide standardization of telecommunications, with a satisfactory quality of service,

recalling

a)         the outcomes of the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), especially §§ 27 c) and 50 d) of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, relating to international Internet connectivity;

b)         No. 196 of the ITU Convention, which stipulates that telecommunication standardization study groups shall pay due attention to the study of questions and to the formulation of recommendations directly connected with the establishment, development and improvement of telecommunications in developing countries at both the regional and international levels,

considering

a)                that advances in the global information infrastructure, including the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks and especially the Internet, continue to be an issue of crucial importance, as an important engine for growth in the world economy in the twenty-first century;


b)                that the increased use of the Internet introduces new additional applications in telecommunication services based on its highly advanced technology: the utilization of e-mail has become commonplace, and voice over Internet is being developed rapidly even though there are challenges regarding quality of service, uncertainty of origin, and the high cost of international connectivity;

c)                that current and future IP-based networks will continue to introduce dramatic changes in the way we acquire, produce, circulate and consume information,

considering further

a)                that the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) has made significant progress and carried out several studies on the promotion of infrastructure and the use of the Internet in developing countries under its 2002 Istanbul Action Plan, through human capacity building efforts such as its Internet Training Centre initiative, and that the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Doha, 2006), which endorsed the continuation of these studies, and called on ITU-D to give assistance to developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing states to set up high-speed backbone networks for the Internet, as well as national, subregional and regional access points for the Internet;

b)                that studies are ongoing in the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) on IP‑based network issues, including service interoperability with other telecommunication networks, numbering, signalling requirements and protocol aspects, security and infrastructure component costs, and issues associated with the evolution to next-generation networks (NGN), including the migration from existing networks to NGNs;

c)    that a general cooperation agreement exists between ITU-T and the Internet Society (ISOC) and its Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF),


recognizing

a)                that IP-based networks have evolved to a widely accessible medium used for global commerce and communication, and there is therefore a need to identify the global activities related to IP-based networks with respect to, for example:

i)     infrastructure, interoperability and standardization;

ii)    Internet naming and addressing;

iii)   dissemination of information about IP-based networks and the implications of their development for ITU Member States, particularly the developing countries;

b)                that significant work on IP-related issues is being conducted within ITU and many other international bodies;

c)                that the quality of service of IP-based networks should be consistent with ITU-T recommendations and other recognized international standards;

d)                that it is in the public interest that IP-based networks and other telecommunication networks should be both interoperable and provide, at a minimum, the level of quality of service provided by traditional networks, consistent with ITU-T recommendations and other recognized international standards,

urges

a)                ITU-T to continue its collaborative activities on IP-based networks with ISOC/IETF and other relevant recognized organizations, in respect of interconnectivity with existing telecommunication networks and migration to NGN;

b)                the three Sectors to continue to consider their future work programmes on IP-based networks and on migration to NGN,


resolves

1                 that ITU shall fully embrace the opportunities for telecom­munication/information and communication technology development that arise from the growth of IP-based services, in conformity with the ITU purposes and the outcomes of the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of WSIS, taking into account the quality and security of services;

2                 that ITU shall clearly identify, for its Member States and Sector Members and for the general public, the range of Internet-related issues that fall within the responsibilities incumbent on the Union under its basic texts and the activities in the WSIS outcome documents where ITU has a role;

3                 that ITU shall collaborate with other relevant organizations to ensure that growth in IP-based networks, along with and taking into consideration traditional networks, delivers maximum benefits to the global community, and participate as appropriate in any directly related international initiatives;

4                 to continue the study of international Internet connectivity as an urgent matter, as called for in § 50 d) of the Tunis Agenda, and to call upon ITU‑T to complete as soon as possible its studies that have been ongoing since the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (Montreal, 2000),

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to prepare an annual report to the Council with the appropriate input from Member States, Sector Members, the three Sectors and the General Secretariat, that provides a comprehensive summary both of the activities that ITU is already undertaking in regard to IP-based networks, including the development of NGNs, and of the roles and activities of other relevant international organizations, describing their involvement in IP-based network issues; the report shall indicate the degree of cooperation between ITU and these organizations, drawing the required information wherever possible from existing sources, and containing concrete proposals on improving ITU activities and such cooperation, and shall be distributed widely among the Member States and Sector Members, the advisory groups of the three Sectors and other groups involved;


2                 based on this report, to continue collaborative activities related to IP-based networks, especially those related to the implementation of the relevant outcomes of the two phases of WSIS,

invites the Council

to consider the above-mentioned report and take into account comments, if any, made by the advisory groups of the three Sectors through their respective Bureau Directors and, when appropriate, undertake further steps,

invites Member States and Sector Members

1                 to participate in, and follow the progress of, the current work of the Sectors of the Union;

2                 to increase awareness at national level among all interested non-governmental parties and to encourage their participation in relevant ITU activities, and in any other relevant activities emanating from the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of WSIS.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  102  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

ITU’s role with regard to international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and the management of Internet resources, including domain names and addresses

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                that the purposes of the Union are, inter alia, to promote, at the international level, the adoption of a broad approach to the issues of telecommunications/information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the global information economy and society, to promote the extension of the benefits of new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants and to harmonize the efforts of Member States and Sector Members in the attainment of those ends;

b)                that advances in the global information infrastructure, including the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networks and the Internet, taking into account the requirements, features and interoperability of next-generation networks (NGN), are of crucial importance as an important engine for growth in the world economy in the twenty-first century;

c)                that the development of the Internet is essentially market-led and driven by private and government initiatives;

d)                that the private sector is playing a very important role in the expansion and development of the Internet, for example through investments in infrastruc­tures and services;

e)                that management of the registration and allocation of Internet domain names and addresses must fully reflect the geographical nature of the Internet, taking into account an equitable balance of interests of all stakeholders;


f)                 the role played by ITU in the successful organization of the two phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and that the Geneva Declaration of Principles and the Geneva Plan of Action, adopted in 2003, and the Tunis Commitment and the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, adopted in 2005, have been endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly;

g)                that the management of the Internet is a subject of valid international interest and must flow from full international and multistakeholder cooperation on the basis of the outcomes of the two phases of WSIS;

h)                that, as stated in the WSIS outcomes, all governments should have an equal role and responsibility for international Internet governance and for ensuring the stability, security and continuity of the Internet, and that the need for development of public policy by governments in consultation with all stakeholders is also recognized,

recognizing

a)                that ITU is dealing with technical and policy issues related to IP-based networks including the Internet and evolution to NGN;

b)                that ITU performs worldwide coordination of a number of radiocommunications-related and telecommunications-related resource allocation systems and acts as a forum for policy discussion in this area;

c)                that significant effort has been put in by ITU on ENUM, “.int”, internationalized domain name (IDN), and country code top-level domain (ccTLD) issues through workshops and standardization activities;

d)                that ITU has published a comprehensive and useful Handbook on Internet Protocol (IP)-Based Networks and Related Topics and Issues;

e)                §§ 71 and 78a) of the Tunis Agenda with regard to the establishment of enhanced cooperation on Internet governance and the establishment of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF);


f)                 the relevant WSIS outcomes in §§ 29-82 of the Tunis Agenda concerning Internet governance;

g)                that Member States represent the interests of the population of the country or territory for which a ccTLD has been delegated;

h)                that countries should not be involved in decisions regarding another country’s ccTLD,

emphasizing

a)                that the management of the Internet encompasses both technical and public policy issues and should involve all stakeholders and relevant intergovernmental and international organizations in accordance with §§ 35 a)-e) of the Tunis Agenda;

b)                that the role of governments includes providing a clear, consistent and predictable legal framework, in order to promote a favourable environment in which global ICT networks are interoperable and widely accessible to all citizens and to ensure adequate protection of public interests in the management of Internet resources, including domain names and addresses;

c)                that WSIS recognized the need for enhanced cooperation in the future, to enable governments, on an equal footing, to carry out their roles and responsibilities, in international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, but not in the day-to-day technical and operational matters that do not impact on international public policy issues;

d)                that ITU should commence a process towards enhanced cooperation involving all stakeholders, proceeding as quickly as possible and responsive to innovation, as one of the relevant organizations referred to in § 71 of the Tunis Agenda;

e)                that ITU can play a positive role by offering all interested parties a platform for encouraging discussions and for the dissemination of information on the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU,


noting

the decision to convene the fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (Decision 9 (Antalya, 2006) of this conference),

resolves to instruct the Secretary-General

1                 to continue to take a significant role in international discussions and initiatives on the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU, taking into account future developments of the Internet, the purposes of the Union and the interests of its membership as expressed in its instruments, resolutions and decisions;

2                 to take the necessary steps for ITU to continue to play a facilitating role in the coordination of international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, as expressed in § 35 d) of the Tunis Agenda, interacting as necessary with other intergovernmental organizations in these domains;

3                 in line with § 78a) of the Tunis Agenda, to continue to contribute as appropriate to the work of IGF;

4                 to take the necessary steps for ITU to play an active and constructive role in the process towards enhanced cooperation as expressed in § 71 of the Tunis Agenda;

5                 to take the necessary steps in ITU’s own internal process towards enhanced cooperation on international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet as expressed in § 71 of the Tunis Agenda, involving all stakeholders, in their respective roles and responsibilities;

6                 as a concrete step, to organize consultations on these issues among the ITU membership and other relevant stakeholders, in order to prepare and submit proposals, based on those consultations and contributions from the ITU membership, to the 2007 session of the Council, through the Working Group on WSIS (WG-WSIS);

7                 to report annually to the Council on the activities undertaken on these subjects and to submit proposals as appropriate,


instructs the Directors of the Bureaux

1                 to contribute to the consultations under resolves to instruct to the Secretary-General 6 above;

2                 to provide assistance, within the Union’s expertise, and within available resources, as appropriate, in cooperation with relevant organizations, to Member States, if so requested, in order to achieve their stated policy objectives with respect to the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU;

3                 to liaise and to cooperate with the regional telecommunication organizations pursuant to this resolution,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

1                 to ensure that the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) performs its role in technical issues, and to continue to contribute ITU-T expertise and to liaise and cooperate with appropriate entities on issues related to the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU, such as IP version 6 (IPv6), ENUM and IDNs, as well as any other related technological developments and issues, including facilitating appropriate studies on these issues by relevant ITU-T study groups and other groups;

2                 in accordance with ITU rules and procedures, and calling upon contributions from the ITU membership, to continue to play a facilitating role in coordination and assistance in the development of public policy issues pertaining to Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU and their possible evolution;

3                 to work with Member States and Sector Members, recognizing the activities of other appropriate entities, on issues concerning Member States’ ccTLDs and related experiences;

4                 to facilitate the exchange of technical information in order to assist the ITU membership to participate in the consultations referenced under resolves to instruct the Secretary-General 6 above;


5                 to report annually to the Council, and also to the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, on the activities undertaken and achievements on these subjects, including proposals for further consideration as appropriate,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to organize international and regional forums and carry out necessary activities, in conjunction with appropriate entities, for the period 2006‑2010, to discuss policy, operational and technical issues on the Internet in general, and on the management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU in particular, including with regard to multilingualism, for the benefit of Member States, especially for developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS), and Sector Members;

2                 to promote, through the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector programmes and study groups, the exchange of information, fostering debate and the development of best practices on Internet issues, and to continue to play a key role in outreach by contributing to capacity building, providing technical assistance and encouraging the involvement of developing countries, LDCs and SIDS in international Internet forums and issues;

3                 to report annually to the Council and the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group, and also to the World Telecommunication Development Conference, on the activities undertaken and achievements on these subjects, including proposals for further consideration as appropriate,

invites the Council Working Group on the World Summit on the Information Society

1                 to consider and discuss the activities of the Secretary-General and Directors of the Bureaux in relation to the implementation of this resolution;


2                 to prepare ITU inputs into the above-mentioned activities as appropriate,

instructs the Council

1                 taking into account annual reports presented by the Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux, to take appropriate measures in order to contribute actively to international discussions and initiatives related to issues on international management of Internet domain names and addresses and other Internet resources within the mandate of ITU;

2                 to review the activities of WG-WSIS;

3                 to report to the 2010 plenipotentiary conference on the activities undertaken and achievements on these subjects, including proposals for further consideration as appropriate,

invites Member States

1                 to participate in the discussions on international management of Internet resources, including domain names and addresses, and in the process towards enhanced cooperation on Internet governance and international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, so that worldwide representation in the debates can be ensured;

2                 to continue to participate actively in the discussions and development of public policy issues related to Internet resources, including domain names and addresses, their possible evolution and the impact of new usages and applications, cooperating with the relevant organizations, and to contribute in ITU study groups on related matters,

invites Member States and Sector Members

to seek the appropriate means to contribute to enhanced cooperation on inter­national public policy issues relating to the Internet, in their respective roles and responsibilities.

 

(Minneapolis, 1998) – (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)


 

RESOLUTION  107  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Improvements to the management and functioning of ITU

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                the rapid changes in the telecommunication environment amid accelerated advances in telecommunication technologies, the emergence of new services, the liberalization of global communication markets and the trend toward privatization;

b)                the need for ITU to continue to meet the expanding needs of its membership while responding appropriately to changes in the environment;

c)                the urgent need to ensure efficient ITU operations within the constraints of limited human and financial resources,

recognizing

a)                the report of the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit presented to the 2001 session of the Council, which contained a series of recommendations on improvement to the management and functioning of ITU, including the need for a more harmonized planning structure and format derived from an agreed interpretation of the elements identified in Resolution 72 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference on the linkage between strategic, financial and operational planning;

b)                the provisions of that resolution, which indicate that the strategic, financial and operational plans for ITU should clearly delineate the activities of the Union, the objectives of those activities and the associated resources, and that the capacity of the membership to evaluate, by means of performance indicators, progress in the achievement of those objectives should be enhanced,


recognizing further

that, in specifying the objectives and priorities for each Sector of the Union and the General Secretariat, it would be appropriate to include measures designed to achieve the objectives, together with mechanisms allowing easy monitoring and evaluation of progress in their implementation, such as those shown in the annex to this resolution, which sets out each objective of the Strategic Plan, together with the strategic outlines, the courses of action and the indicators for measuring progress towards achieving the objectives,

emphasizing

the need to apply a consistent and comprehensive approach throughout ITU in order to facilitate cross‑sectoral comparisons and improve monitoring and evaluation,

taking into account

best practices and lessons learned in planning and management practices in the United Nations system, including the application of the concept of results-based budgeting,

resolves

to progressively refine and improve the elements associated with application of the planning framework in ITU by enhancing, in particular, the methodology for prioritizing ITU activities and by implementing evaluation mechanisms, such as the methodology outlined in the Annex to this resolution,

instructs the Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux

to identify such mechanisms, including those associated with results-based budgeting, taking into account the recommendations of the Joint Inspection Unit, the views of Member States, the advice of the Sector advisory groups, and the experience of the United Nations system organizations, and to report to the Council,


instructs the Council

to review the report of the Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux and, with due regard to the limited resources of the Union, to consider establishing a working group of the Council open to all Member States to examine mechanisms for enhancing the process by which priorities in ITU activities are established, and for evaluating the achievement of objectives as part of the strategic and operational planning functions.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  TO  RESOLUTION  107  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Summary table of strategic outlines, courses of action
and indicators of the Strategic Plan
for the Union 2004-2007

 

Goal

 

Strategic outlines

 

Courses of action

 

 

Indicators

Course of action

Indicator

Objectives

 

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  108  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Improvement of the functioning of the Coordination Committee, including the tasks of the Deputy Secretary-General
and the role of the other elected officials

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that the Working Group on ITU Reform has produced a number of recommendations on the management of the Union, among them Recommendations R36 and R37;

b)                that those recommendations were approved by the Council at its 2001 session and transmitted to this conference;

c)                that in 2001 the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, having examined the management and administration of the Union, noted, inter alia, a certain inertia “at the highest levels of management in the Union, … which appears to affect, in varying degrees, all levels of management and administration in the secretariat”;

d)                that the tasks and functions of the Deputy Secretary-General are not at present enumerated in the ITU Constitution or Convention;

e)                the need to strengthen and improve the functioning and efficiency of the Coordination Committee,

recalling

the relevant provisions of the Constitution and Convention in this regard,


recognizing

a)                that some proposals* have been submitted to this conference with a view to improving the functioning and efficiency of the Coordination Committee, the tasks of the Deputy Secretary-General and the role of the other elected officials;

b)                that those proposals have implications for the management and functions of the governing bodies of the Union and accordingly deserve thorough study;

c)                that it is important that the members of the Coordination Committee provide the relevant and necessary information to facilitate the proper functioning of the Coordination Committee,

recognizing further

that it is imperative for the provisions of No. 109 of the Convention to be strictly applied,

resolves to instruct the Council

1                 to establish, at its next ordinary session, a group open to participation by Member States, charged with:

i)     examining the functioning of the Coordination Committee, including the tasks of the Deputy Secretary‑General and the role of the other elected officials;

ii)    submitting to the Council a report containing, in particular, the draft texts that could be necessary in the event of modification of the Constitution or the Convention and which could be used by Member States in preparing their proposals in that regard to the next plenipotentiary conference,

instructs the Secretary-General

to communicate the group’s report to the Member States with a view to their preparations for the next plenipotentiary conference,


further instructs the Council

to envisage implementing as soon as possible such improvements as it deems necessary which do not require amendment of the Constitution, the Convention or the General Rules of conferences, assemblies and meetings of the Union.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  110  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Review of the contribution of Sector Members
towards defraying the expenses of the International
Telecommunication
Union

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

recalling

a)                Resolutions 15 and 39 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference concerning, respectively, a review of the rights and obligations of all members of the Sectors of the Union, and strengthening the financial base of the International Telecommunication Union;

b)                Resolution 90 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference concerning a review of the contribution of Sector Members towards defraying the expenses of the International Telecommunication Union,

noting

that the Working Group on ITU Reform did not make any specific recommendation concerning the 1/5 ratio between the amount of the Member State contributory unit and that of the Sector Member contributory unit,

noting further

that, while the number of Sector Members has increased, under the system of free choice of classes of contribution, the trend in choice of class of contribution by individual Sector Member is towards a lower level,

having examined

the proposals made and the opinions expressed by Member States during this conference with respect to the contributions of Sector Members towards defraying the finances of the Union,


recognizing

a)                that it is essential to retain and attract more Sector Members and Associates, having regard to their inestimable contribution to the work of the Union;

b)                the need to broaden the financial base of the Union and ensure a fair balance between the contributions made by Member States and Sector Members,

resolves to invite the Council

1                 to establish, within existing resources of the Union, a working group open to all Member States and all Sector Members to study the system whereby Sector Members and Associates contribute towards defraying the expenses of the Union, on the basis of the proposals* made at this conference and any contributions submitted by Member States and Sector Members;

2                 to establish the terms of reference for the working group, including a requirement for the group to make a final report to the Council by its 2005 session at the latest;

3                 to encourage Member States and Sector Members to participate in the study;

4                 to draw up a report and submit it, together with its recommendations, to the next plenipotentiary conference,

instructs the Secretary-General

1                 pursuant to resolves 3 above, to invite Member States and Sector Members to submit proposals and participate in the working group;

2                 to take all necessary measures to implement resolves 1 and 3 above,


instructs the Directors of the Bureaux

to give the support of their respective Bureaux to the study initiated by this resolution.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  111  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Scheduling of ITU conferences and assemblies

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

having considered

a)                the importance of mutual respect for the religious and spiritual requirements of delegates to ITU conferences and assemblies;

b)                the importance of including all delegates in the crucial work of ITU conferences and assemblies and of not precluding such participation;

c)                the scheduling and invitation process for ITU conferences and assemblies as set out in the ITU Convention,

resolves

1                 that the Union and its Member States should make every effort, as far as practicable, in order that the planned period of any ITU conference or assembly not be scheduled on any period which is considered a major religious period by a Member State;

2                 that the inviting government for a given ITU conference or assembly or, in the absence of an inviting government, the Secretary-General, shall be responsible for verifying with Member States that the proposed period of that conference or assembly does not coincide with a major religious  period, at least for the last four days of that conference or assembly.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  112  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Regional preparations for plenipotentiary conferences

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that many regional telecommunication organizations have coordinated their preparations for this plenipotentiary conference;

b)                that many common proposals have been submitted to this conference from administrations having participated in the preparatory work of regional telecommunication organizations;

c)                that this consolidation of views at regional level, together with the opportunity for interregional discussions prior to the conference, has eased the task of reaching a consensus during the conference;

d)                that the burden of preparation for future conferences is likely to increase;

e)                that the coordination of preparatory work at regional level is consequently of great benefit to the Member States;

f)                 that greater efficiency of regional coordination and interaction at interregional level prior to future conferences will help to ensure their success;

g)                that some regional organizations lack the necessary resources to organize adequately and participate in such preparations;

h)                that there is a need for overall coordination of the interregional consultations,


recognizing

a)                the benefits of regional coordination as already experienced in the preparation of world radiocommunication conferences and of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Istanbul, 2002);

b)                that not all Member States of the Union are members of regional or subregional telecommunication organizations,

recognizing further

Recommendation R20 of the Working Group on ITU Reform to the effect that this conference should adopt a resolution relating to the importance of interregional consultative meetings and instructing the Secretary-General to organize such meetings,

taking into account

the efficiency benefits that a plenipotentiary conference could gain from an increased amount and level of preparation by the Member States prior to the conference,

noting

a)                that many regional telecommunication organizations have expressed the need for the Union to cooperate more closely with regional telecommunication organizations;

b)                that, consequently, the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) resolved that the Union should develop stronger relations with regional telecom­munication organizations,

noting further

that the relationship between ITU regional offices and regional telecommunica­tion organizations has proved to be of great benefit,

resolves to instruct the Secretary-General

1                 to consult with Member States and regional and subregional telecommunication organizations on the means by which assistance can be provided in support of their preparations for future plenipotentiary conferences;


2                 on the basis of such consultations, and ensuring that all the Member States are associated with this process, to assist Member States and regional and subregional telecommunication organizations, in particular those of developing countries, in such areas as:

-     the organization of formal and informal preparatory meetings at the regional and interregional levels;

-     the organization of information sessions;

-     the development of coordination methods;

3                 to submit to the Council a report on the application of this resolution,

invites Member States

to participate actively in the implementation of this resolution.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  114  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Interpretation of No. 224 of the ITU Constitution and No. 519
of the ITU Convention with regard to deadlines
for submitting proposals for amendments

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

No. 224 of the ITU Constitution and No. 519 of the ITU Convention, specifying the deadlines for submitting proposals by Member States with respect to amendments to the Constitution and Convention, respectively,

noting

a)                that, given the time between two plenipotentiary conferences (four years) and the need for preparatory meetings between two conferences, it is difficult for some Member States to submit their proposals within the specified time-limit;

b)                that, in order for Member States to prepare adequately for a plenipotentiary conference, proposals should be received well in advance of such conference,

noting further

the manner in which the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) addressed this issue (see Document PP-98/341),


resolves

to endorse the view expressed by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) in the aforementioned document to the effect that No. 224 of the Constitution should be interpreted as “intended to encourage Member States to submit their proposals as early as possible and, preferably, eight months before the opening of the conference”, and that the same applies to No. 519 of the Convention.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  118  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Use of spectrum at frequencies above 3 000 GHz

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

considering

a)                that No. 78 of the ITU Constitution and No. 1005 of the Annex to the ITU Convention allow study groups of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) to study questions and adopt recommendations dealing with frequency bands without limit in frequency;

b)                that studies are being carried out within ITU‑R study groups that consider technology operating above 3 000 GHz;

c)                that the frequencies that can be regulated in the Radio Regulations are limited to those below 3 000 GHz by the definition of “radiocommunication” in No. 1005 of the Annex to the Convention;

d)                that radiocommunication technologies have demonstrated the ability to use electromagnetic waves in space without artificial guide above 3 000 GHz, and that some Member States are of the opinion that the 3 000 GHz limit should be removed in order to allow competent world radiocommunication conferences to introduce, if needed, provisions in the Radio Regulations;

e)                that frequency bands above 3 000 GHz have been used for a long time, especially in the infrared and visible bands, by systems/applications regulated by national and non-ITU provisions, and that some Member States are of the opinion that the relationship between those provisions and ITU provisions should be thoroughly considered before changing the definition contained in the Convention,


invites the Radiocommunication Assembly

to include, in its programme of work, studies of the possibility and relevance of including in the Radio Regulations frequency bands above 3 000 GHz,

instructs the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

to report to world radiocommunication conferences on the progress of ITU‑R studies concerning the use of frequencies above 3 000 GHz,

resolves

that world radiocommunication conferences can include in agendas for future conferences, items relevant to spectrum regulation of frequencies above 3 000 GHz and take any appropriate measures, including revision of the relevant parts of the Radio Regulations1,

urges Member States

to continue participating in the work taking place in ITU-R on the use of spectrum above 3 000 GHz.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  119  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness
of the Radio Regulations Board

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                Resolution 119 (Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

b)                that the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2003) (WRC‑03) introduced important amendments to Article 13 of the Radio Regulations, including two new important additions in Nos 13.0.1 and 13.0.2, and that the same conference also introduced amendments to the working methods of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB),

considering

a)                that WRC-03 considered that further improvements are both possible and necessary in order to ensure a high degree of transparency in the Board’s work;

b)                that WRC-03 introduced improvements to the working methods of the Board on the basis of Resolution 119 (Marrakesh, 2002), such as, inter alia, inclusion of the reasons for every RRB decision in the summary of decisions;

c)                the continued importance of efficient and effective RRB working methods in meeting the requirements of the Radio Regulations and in preserving the rights of Member States;

d)                the continued concerns expressed by some Member States at the Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002) and at this conference in regard to transparency and efficiency of the RRB’s working methods;


e)                that, since RRB has an important role to consider appeals by Member States as prescribed in the Radio Regulations, appropriate facilities and resources are necessary for it to continue discharging its responsibilities expeditiously,

recognizing

the importance that the Union attaches to the RRB’s activities,

resolves to instruct the Radio Regulations Board

1                 to continue to review periodically its working methods and internal processes and develop appropriate changes in its methods and decision‑making processes and their overall effectiveness in order to attain a higher degree of transparency, and report the results to the next WRC through the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR);

2                 to continue to include in the summary of its decisions (No. 13.18 of the Radio Regulations):

–      the reasons for each decision taken by the Board;

–      comments received from administrations on the Rules of Procedure;

this summary of decisions, including the associated reasons, shall be published by circular letter and on the RRB website;

3                 to continue to give advice to WRC and regional radiocommunication conferences, at an appropriate time, on difficulties in the application of any regulatory provision in force as well as those under discussion at the conference;

4                 to prepare the necessary input to the report of the Director of BR to the next WRC in accordance with Nos 13.0.1 and 13.0.2 of the Radio Regulations with respect to the implementation of the above-mentioned provisions;

5                 to schedule its meetings with a view to facilitating consideration and action by administrations in accordance with No. 13.14 of the Radio Regulations,


instructs the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

to continue to provide to RRB:

-     detailed explanations from BR on matters to be considered at Board meetings;

-     any relevant information from appropriate staff within BR,

calls upon all Member States

to continue to provide all necessary assistance and support to RRB members individually, and the Board as a whole, in carrying out their functions,

invites the 2007 and subsequent world radiocommunication conferences

to review, and to continue developing, principles, applied or to be applied by RRB in the preparation of new Rules of Procedure in accordance with Article 13 of the Radio Regulations, with particular attention to Nos 13.0.1 and 13.0.2 thereof,

instructs the Secretary‑General

1                 to continue to make available the necessary facilities and resources for RRB members in conducting their meetings;

2                 to continue to facilitate the recognition of the status of RRB members pursuant to No. 142A of the ITU Convention;

3                 to provide the necessary logistical support, such as computer hardware and software, to RRB members from developing countries, if required, in order to perform their duties as Board members,


further instructs the Secretary‑General

to report to the 2007 session of the Council, to subsequent sessions of the Council and to the next plenipotentiary conference on actions taken pursuant to this resolution and the results thereof.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  122  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

The evolving role of the World Telecommunication
Standardization Assembly

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                Article 13 of the ITU Convention which specifies the roles and responsibilities of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA), as well as Articles 14 and 14A, concerning the telecommunication standardization study groups and Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG);

b)                the decisions of previous plenipotentiary conferences concerning the functioning and management of ITU standardization activities;

c)                Resolutions 1 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004), 7 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004), 22 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004), 33 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004) and 45 (Florianópolis, 2004) of WTSA, pursuant to which:

–      the membership is able to revise existing and create new questions between WTSAs;

–      the membership is continuing to collaborate with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC);

–      the membership, working through TSAG, is able to restructure and establish study groups between WTSAs;

–      the membership, working through TSAG, is able to identify new and converging technologies and the need to develop appropriate standards, rapidly and reliably;

–      the membership, working through TSAG, is able to create, terminate or maintain other groups between WTSAs, in order to enhance and improve the effectiveness of the work of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), for purposes including the coordination of ITU-T’s work and flexible response to high-priority issues that span several study groups;


–      TSAG is instructed to take an active role in ensuring coordination between study groups, as appropriate, on high-priority standardization issues that are being studied in more than one study group, and to take into account, and implement as necessary, advice given to it by other groups on effective coordination on high-priority standardization topics;

d)                the work of Member States and ITU-T Sector Members in the Sector study groups and TSAG in implementing these decisions and in adopting working procedures that have improved the timeliness and efficiency of standards activities while maintaining their quality;

e)                Resolution 123 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference, on bridging the standardization development gap between developed and developing countries;

f)                 § 64 of the Geneva Declaration of Principles of the World Summit on the Information Society, which recognizes that ITU’s core competences in the fields of information and communication technologies – assistance in bridging the digital divide, international and regional cooperation, radio spectrum management, standards development and the dissemination of information – are of crucial importance for building the information society,

considering further

the analysis of ITU’s standardization activities by the Working Group on ITU Reform (WGR) and the emphasis placed by WGR on the need for continued improvement in the effectiveness of the standardization process and the need to achieve an effective partnership between Member States and Sector Members,

recognizing

a)                the positive results of the alternative approval process in ITU-T’s working methods, in particular the reduction of the time taken for the approval of relevant questions and recommendations, in accordance with the procedures adopted by the Sector;


b)                the position of WTSA as a broad and inclusive forum where Member States and ITU‑T Sector Members are able to discuss the future of ITU-T, review the progress of the ITU-T standardization work programme, consider the Sector’s overall structure and functioning and set goals for ITU-T;

c)                that WTSA serves all the Member States and ITU‑T Sector Members, as a decision-making forum to resolve issues within its competence that may be brought before it,

aware

a)                of the continual challenges posed to the membership by the current financial state of the Union, of the number of ITU-T meetings and related events and of the important role of WTSA as the oversight body for ITU-T;

b)                of the need for Member States and ITU-T Sector Members to work closely in ITU-T, in a proactive, cooperative and forward-looking way, taking into account their respective responsibilities and objectives, in order to promote the continued evolution of ITU-T;

c)                that ITU-T aims to continue to provide a unique, worldwide venue for government and industry to work together to foster the development and use of interoperable and non-discriminatory standards based on openness, and which are both demand-driven and sensitive to the needs of users;

d)                that the rapid pace of change in the telecommunication environment demands that, in order to maintain its role, ITU‑T must have the flexibility to make timely decisions between WTSAs on matters such as work priorities, study group structure and meeting schedules,

resolves

1                 to encourage WTSA to further develop its working methods and procedures for the purpose of improving the management of ITU-T’s stand­ardization activities;


2                 that WTSA shall continue, in accordance with its responsibilities, and subject to available financial resources, to promote the continued evolution of the standardization sector by means such as, but not limited to, the strengthening of TSAG;

3                 that WTSA shall adequately address strategic issues in standardization and, through the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, provide its comments to the Council;

4                 that WTSA, in its conclusions, should take into account the Union’s strategic plan and, consistent with No. 188 of the ITU Convention, give consideration to the financial status of the Sector;

5                 that WTSA encourage close cooperation and coordination with relevant standards development organizations in both developed and developing countries,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

1                 in preparing the Director’s report to WTSA and providing support to the chairmen of the study groups, to include a report on the financial status of the Sector in order to assist WTSA in its functions;

2                 to consider, in consultation with relevant bodies, and the ITU membership, and in coordination with the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector, where appropriate, organizing a worldwide standardization round table and coordination meeting, possibly in conjunction with WTSA, for one day immediately prior to the assembly,

invites the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly

to take into consideration the conclusions of such a round table,


encourages

1                 Member States and ITU‑T Sector Members to support the evolving role of WTSA;

2                 Member States, ITU‑T Sector Members and study group chairmen and vice-chairmen to concentrate, inter alia, on the identification and analysis of strategic issues in standardization in their preparations for WTSA so as to facilitate the work of the assembly.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  123  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Bridging the standardization gap between
developing and developed countries

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                that “the Union shall in particular facilitate the worldwide standardization of telecommunications, with a satisfactory quality of service” (Article 1 of the ITU Constitution);

b)                that, in connection with the functions and structure of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), in Article 17, the Constitution indicates that those functions shall be “..., bearing in mind the particular concerns of the developing countries, to fulfill the purposes of the Union...”;

c)                that, under the strategic plan for the Union for 2008-2011, ITU-T is to work to provide support and assistance to the membership, mainly to developing countries, in relation to standardization matters, information and communication network infrastructure and applications, and in particular with respect to (a) bridging the digital divide and (b) providing training and producing relevant training materials for capacity building,

considering further

a)                that the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly adopted Resolutions 44 (Florianópolis, 2004), 53 (Florianópolis, 2004) and 54 (Florianópolis, 2004) as well as Resolution 17 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004) to assist in bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries;


b)                that the World Telecommunication Development Conference adopted Resolution 47 (Doha, 2006), which calls for activities to enhance knowledge and effective application of recommendations of ITU-T and of the ITU Radio­communication Sector (ITU-R) in developing countries, and Resolution 37 (Rev. Doha, 2006), which recognizes the need to create digital opportunities in developing countries,

recalling

that the Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) emphasize efforts to overcome the digital divide and development divides,

noting

the following goals in the strategic plan for the Union for 2008-2011, adopted in Resolution 71 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of this conference:

•      Goal 1: Maintaining and extending international cooperation among all Member States and with relevant regional organizations for the improvement and rational use of information and communication infrastructure of all kinds, taking the appropriate leading role in United Nations system initiatives on ICTs, as called for by the relevant WSIS outcomes;

•      Goal 2: Assisting in bridging the national and international digital divides in ICTs, by facilitating interoperability, interconnection and global connectivity of networks and services, and by playing a leading role, within its mandate, in the multistakeholder process for the follow-up and implementation of the relevant WSIS goals and objectives;

•      Goal 6: Disseminating information and know-how to provide the membership and the wider community, particularly developing countries, with capabilities to leverage the benefits of, inter alia, private-sector participation, competition, globalization, network security and efficiency and technological change in their ICT sector, and enhancing the capacity of ITU Member States, in particular developing countries, for innovation in ICTs,


recognizing

a)                the continued shortage of human resources in the standardization field in developing countries, resulting in a low level of developing-country participation in ITU-T and ITU-R meetings and, consequently, in the standards-making process, leading to difficulties when interpreting ITU-T and ITU-R recommendations;

b)                ongoing challenges relating to capacity building, in particular for developing countries, in the light of rapid technological innovation and increased convergence,

taking into account

a)                that developing countries could benefit from improved capability in the application and development of standards;

b)                that ITU-T and ITU-R activities and the telecommuni­cation/information and communication technology (ICT) market could also benefit from better involvement of developing countries in standard-making and standards application;

c)                that initiatives to assist in bridging the standardization gap are intrinsic to, and are a high priority task of, the Union,

resolves to instruct the Secretary-General and the Directors of the three Bureaux

1                 to work closely with each other on the follow-up and implementation of this resolution, as well as the operative paragraphs of Resolutions 44 (Florianópolis, 2004), 54 (Florianópolis, 2004) and 17 (Rev. Florianópolis, 2004) and Resolution 47 (Doha, 2006) that assist in bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries;

2                 to maintain, to the extent practicable, a close coordination mechanism among the three Sectors at the regional level through ITU regional offices;


3                 to further collaborate with the relevant regional organizations and support their work in this area,

invites Member States and Sector Members

to make voluntary contributions to the fund for bridging the standardization gap, as well as to undertake concrete actions to support the actions and initiatives of ITU in this matter.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  124  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development1

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

the provisions of the ITU Constitution, as contained in Chapter IV thereof on the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), particularly with regard, inter alia, to the functions of ITU-D for building awareness of the impact of telecommunications on national economic and social development, its catalytic role in promoting the development, expansion and operation of telecommunica­tion services and networks, especially in developing countries, and the need to maintain and enhance cooperation with regional and other telecommunication organizations,

considering further

Resolution 31 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on telecom­munication infrastructure for socio-economic and cultural development, which highlights:

-     telecommunications as a prerequisite for development;

-     the impact of telecommunications on agriculture, health, education, transport, human settlement, etc.;

-     the continuing decline in development resources available to developing countries,


noting

a)                that, in their declarations and resolutions, world telecommunication development conferences (WTDC) have reaffirmed a commitment to enhancing expansion and development of telecommunication services in developing countries and harnessing capacity for the application of new and innovative services;

b)                the adoption of the Doha Action Plan, incorporating key chapters on global information infrastructure development and the special programme for least developed countries,

aware

that the Council, in its Resolution 1184 on WTDC (Istanbul, 2002), urged that conference to place special emphasis on the problem of “bridging the digital divide”,

taking note of

a)                the recognition by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 56/37 of the adoption by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity at its thirty-seventh ordinary session (Lusaka, July 2001) of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD);

b)                the actions for NEPAD set out in annex hereto;

c)                the declaration by the Economic and Social Council on the role of the United Nations system in supporting the efforts of African countries to achieve sustainable development,

taking cognizance of

a)                the operative paragraphs of Resolution 56/218 of the United Nations General Assembly, on the final review and appraisal of the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa, relating to consideration of plans and modalities during 2002 for future engagement with NEPAD and calling on the United Nations system and the international community to support the New African Initiative and to ensure effective representation;


b)                the outcomes of the Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) phases of the World Summit on the Information Society and the work under way to implement the African Regional Action Plan for the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE);

c)                the call made on 23 November 2004 by the Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementing Committee (HSGIC) for an effective implementation of the NEPAD information and communication technology (ICT) programme;

d)                the request made in the Abuja Declaration of African ministers in charge of telecommunications and ICT concerning infrastructure development, to provide appropriate financial resources to support NEPAD ICT activities,

recognizing

that, in spite of the impressive growth and expansion in telecommunications/ICTs recorded in the African region since WTDC (Valletta, 1998), many areas of major concern still exist and considerable disparities persist in the region, and the digital divide continues to widen,

recognizing further

that ICT development and the development of telecommunication infrastructures in Africa require regional and interregional support for the programmes and initiatives,

resolves to instruct the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

to pay particular attention to implementation of the provisions of the ITU‑D Action Plan relating to support for NEPAD, earmarking resources so that this can be permanently monitored,


requests the Secretary‑General

to mobilize and release appropriate financial resources for activities to support NEPAD, in particular from the ICT Development Fund.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ANNEX  TO  RESOLUTION  124  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Actions for NEPAD

1             Infrastructure

i)     Preparation of master plans for ICT infrastructure development

ii)    Facilitation of the introduction of digital technologies, especially for broadcasting

iii)   Support for all projects which promote ICT development and subregional and regional integration, for example, the East African Submarine Cable project (EASSy), the NEPAD e‑school initiative, RASCOM, e‑Post Africa, COMTEL, SRII, INTELCOM II, the ARAPKE projects, etc.

iv)   Establishment and interconnection of national Internet exchange points

v)    Evaluation of the impact and adoption of measures for strengthening functional capacities and the new missions of subregional maintenance centres

vi)   Encourage the establishment of technological alliances in order to promote research and development at a regional level

2             Environment: development and implementation

i)     An Africa-wide vision, strategy and action plan for ICT

ii)    A national vision and strategies for the development of ICT with maximum linkage to other national development strategies, notably the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)

iii)   Elaboration of a national policy framework and strategy for universal access

iv)   Provision of support for the harmonization of policy and regulatory frameworks at the subregional level


3             Capacity building, cooperation and partnerships

i)     Support to the African Telecommunications Union by providing administra­tive support and assistance in technical expertise

ii)    Support for the elaboration of the planning and management of the frequency spectrum at national, subregional and regional levels

iii)   Support the strengthening of ICT training institutions and the network of centres of excellence in the region

iv)   Establishment of a cooperation mechanism amongst regional institutions that provide development assistance to African countries in the ICT sector

v)    Establishment of an ad hoc regional ICT think tank

vi)   Strengthening of subregional telecommunication regulatory associations

vii)  Strengthening of public-private partnership

viii) Establishment of an African ICT database

ix)   Strengthening the capacities of regional economic communities (RECs) for better implementation of the ICT projects and initiatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  125  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Assistance and support to the Palestinian Authority
for rebuilding its telecommunication networks

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

recalling

a)                Resolutions 99 (Minneapolis, 1998), 6 and 32 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

b)                Resolutions 18 (Rev. Istanbul, 2002) and 18 (Valletta, 1998) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference;

c)                the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

d)                Nos. 6 and 7 of the ITU Constitution indicating among the purposes of the Union “to promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants” and “to promote the use of telecommunication services with the objective of facilitating peaceful relations”,

considering

a)                that the ITU Constitution and Convention are designed to strengthen peace and security in the world for the development of international cooperation and better understanding among the peoples concerned;

b)                that ITU’s policy of assistance to the Palestinian Authority for the development of its telecommunication sector has been efficient but has not yet fulfilled its goals, due to the prevailing situation;

c)                that, for Palestine to take an effective part in the new information society, it has to build its information society,


considering further

a)                that the establishment of a reliable and modern telecommunication network is an essential part of economic and social development and is of the utmost importance to the future of the Palestinian people;

b)                the importance of the international community in assisting the Palestinian Authority to develop a modern and reliable telecommunication network;

c)                that parts of the Palestinian telecommunication infrastructure have been significantly damaged during the last two years;

d)                that the Palestinian Authority at present does not have international telecommunication networks due to difficulties for their establishment,

mindful

of the fundamental principles contained in the Preamble of the Constitution,

noting

the Telecommunication Development Bureau’s (BDT) long-term technical assistance to the Palestinian Authority for the development of its telecommunications pursuant to Resolution 32 (Kyoto, 1994) of the Plenipotentiary Conference and the urgent need for assistance to be provided in the various fields of communication and information,

resolves

that the plan of action initiated after the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) within the framework of the activities of the Telecommunication Development Sector of the Union, with the specialized assistance of the Radiocommunication Sector and the Telecommunication Standardization Sector, shall be continued and enhanced in order to provide assistance and support to the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding and developing its telecommunication infrastructure, re-establishing institutions for the sector, developing telecommunication legislation and a regulatory framework including a numbering plan, spectrum management, tariff and human resource development and all other forms of assistance,


calls upon Member States

1                 to make every effort with a view to:

1.1              preserving the Palestinian telecommunication infrastructure;

1.2              facilitating the establishment by the Palestinian Authority, at the earliest date, of its own international gateway networks, including satellite earth stations, submarine cables, optical fibres and microwave systems;

2                 to offer all possible assistance and support to the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding, restoring and developing the Palestinian telecommunication network;

3                 to assist the Palestinian Authority in recovering their entitlements accruing from incoming and outgoing international traffic;

4                 to provide to the Palestinian Authority assistance in support of the implementation of BDT projects, including human resources capacity building,

invites the Council

to allocate the necessary funds within available resources for the implementation of this resolution,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to continue and enhance the technical assistance provided to the Palestinian Authority for the development of its telecommunications;

2                 to assist the Palestinian Authority in the mobilization of resources for the implementation of BDT projects for the development of telecommunications;

3                 to provide a periodic report on various experiences in liberalization and privatization of telecommunications and to assess their impact on the development of the sector in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to ensure that Resolution 99 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, in particular in relation to the international access code and the processing of frequency assignment notifications, is implemented, and to report periodically to the Council;

2                 to coordinate the activities carried out by the three ITU Sectors in accordance with resolves above, to ensure that the Union’s action in favour of the Palestinian Authority is as effective as possible, and to report on the matter to the Council and to the next plenipotentiary conference on the progress achieved on these issues.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  126  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Assistance and support to the Republic of Serbia for rebuilding
its destroyed public broadcasting system

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

recalling

a)                the noble principles, purpose and objectives enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

b)                the purposes of the Union as enshrined in Article 1 of the ITU Constitution,

noting

a)                Resolution 126 (Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference;

b)                Resolution 33 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference;

c)                that the key role played by ITU in the rebuilding of the country's telecommunication sector has been widely recognized;

d)                with appreciation the efforts deployed by the Secretary-General and the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau towards the implementation of the above‑mentioned resolutions,

recognizing

a)                that reliable public broadcasting and telecommunication systems are indispensable for promoting the socio-economic development of countries, in particular those having suffered from natural disasters, domestic conflicts or war;

b)                that public broadcasting facilities in Serbia (Radio Television of Serbia (RTS)) have been severely damaged;


c)                that the damage to public broadcasting (RTS) in Serbia should concern the whole international community, in particular ITU;

d)                that, as public broadcaster, RTS is a non-profit organization;

e)                that, under the present conditions and in the foreseeable future, Serbia will not be able to bring its public broadcasting system up to an acceptable level without help from the international community, provided bilaterally or through international organizations,

resolves

1                 to continue special action, within the framework and available budgetary resources of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector, with specialized assistance from the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector;

2                 to provide appropriate assistance;

3                 to support Serbia in rebuilding its public broadcasting systems,

calls upon Member States

1                 to offer all possible assistance;

2                 to support the Government of Serbia, either bilaterally or through, or, in any case, in coordination with, the special action of the Union referred above,

instructs the Council

to allocate the necessary funds, within available resources, in order to continue this action,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

to use the necessary funds, within available resources, in order to continue appropriate action,


instructs the Secretary-General

1                 to coordinate the activities carried out by the ITU Sectors in accordance with the above;

2                 to ensure that ITU action in favour of Serbia is as effective as possible;

3                 to report on the matter to the Council.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  127  (Marrakesh, 2002)

Assistance and support to the Government of Afghanistan for
rebuilding its telecommunication system

 

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Marrakesh, 2002),

recalling

the noble principles and purposes of ITU and the key role the Union can play in the rebuilding of a telecommunication sector,

recognizing

a)                that a reliable telecommunication system is a prerequisite for promoting the economic development of countries, in particular those having suffered from conflicts or war;

b)                that, as the result of the past 24 years of war in Afghanistan, the telecommunication system has been destroyed and needs urgent attention for its basic reconstruction;

c)                that the present state of the telecommunication system in Afghanistan, as a post-conflict country, should concern the whole international community, in particular ITU;

d)                that without the assistance and comprehensive support of the international community, Afghanistan, as a war-torn country, will not be able to rebuild its basic telecommunication infrastructure, which is very necessary for the social and economic reconstruction of the country,

resolves

1                 to initiate special action, within the framework of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector, with specialized assistance from the Telecommunication Standardization Sector;

2                 to provide appropriate assistance and support to the Government of Afghanistan in rebuilding its telecommunication system,


calls upon Member States

to offer all possible assistance and support to the Government of Afghanistan either bilaterally or through the special action of the Union referred to above,

instructs the Council

to allocate the necessary funds, within available resources, in order to initiate the above-mentioned action,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to ensure adequate resource mobilization, including within the internal budget, for the implementation of the proposed actions;

2      to ensure that the ITU action in favour of Afghanistan is as effective as possible;

3      to report on the matter to the Council.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

RESOLUTION  128  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Support for the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas
and Quito Action Plan

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

the provisions of the ITU Constitution, as contained in Chapter IV thereof on the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), particularly with regard, inter alia, to the functions of ITU-D for building awareness of the impact of telecommunications on national economic and social development, its catalytic role in promoting the development, expansion and operation of telecommunica­tion services and networks, especially in developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing states, and the need to maintain and enhance cooperation with regional and other telecommunication organizations,

recalling

a)                Resolution 21 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), on coordination and collaboration with regional organizations, which resolved that ITU-D should actively coordinate, collaborate and organize joint activities with regional and subregional organizations and training institutions and take into consideration their activities, as well as providing them with direct technical assistance;

b)                Resolution 39 (Istanbul, 2002), adopted by WTDC-02 and confirmed by WTDC-06, on the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas and Quito Action Plan, which resolved to include among the high priorities of ITU support for initiatives under the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas, recommending the use of mechanisms to help to achieve the necessary results for each country and region, and to promote the exchange of information on the development of connectivity activities globally;


c)                Resolution 54 (Doha, 2006) of WTDC, on information and communication technology (ICT) applications, which replaced and updated the content of:

–      Resolution 41 (Istanbul, 2002) of WTDC, on e-health (including tele­health/telemedicine), which, among other actions, directed the Telecom­munication Development Bureau (BDT) to continue its efforts to raise awareness of decision-makers, health professionals, partners, beneficiaries and other key players about the benefits of telecommunications for e-health applications and to support e-health projects in collaboration with government, public, private, national and international partners;

–      Resolution 42 (Istanbul, 2002) of WTDC, on implementation of tele-education programmes, which instructed the Director of BDT to conduct studies of the viability of tele-education systems, provide technical assistance and support to help implementing various tele-education systems, and identify sources of funding for necessary equipment and training for the provision of tele-education applications;

d)                Resolution 50 (Doha, 2006) of WTDC, on optimal integration of ICTs, which replaced and updated the content of Recommendation 14 (Istanbul, 2002) of WTDC, on pilot integration projects for information and communication technologies, recommending that BDT adopt all necessary measures to implement regional projects derived from non-exclusive integration models designed to link all stakeholders, organizations and institutions of the various sectors in an ongoing relationship of cooperation in which information is disseminated over networks, so as to narrow the digital divide, and also that BDT play a central role in this initiative, using the funds at its disposal to attain that objective, and that the Latin American region serve as the initial testing ground for such an initiative;

e)                Resolution 32 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of WTDC, on international and regional cooperation, which resolves that ITU-D should strengthen its relations with regional and subregional telecommunication organizations to stimulate new initiatives such as the Agenda for Connectivity of the Americas,


taking into account

the Geneva Declaration of Principles and Geneva Plan of Action adopted at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (Geneva, 2003) and the Tunis Commitment and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society adopted at the second phase of WSIS (Tunis, 2005),

noting

that the third and fourth regular meetings of the Assembly of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) (held in Washington, DC in 2002 and in San José, Costa Rica in 2006), respectively, adopted and confirmed Resolution CITEL/RES. 33 (III-02) on the implementation of the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas currently under way, wherein it is recognized that the above-mentioned Agenda and the Quito Action Plan, developed by CITEL, are a significant and positive contribution to efforts under way in a number of forums to bridge the digital divide,

recognizing

that, in spite of the impressive growth and expansion in telecommunications/ICTs recorded in the Americas region since WTDC-98, many areas of major concern still exist and considerable disparities persist in the region, and the narrowing of the digital divide continues to be a priority,

resolves to instruct the Secretary-General

to continue releasing appropriate financial resources under the ITU financial plan for 2008-2011 and subsequent plans to support and stimulate the implementation of projects aimed at fulfilling the objectives set in the WTDC-06 resolutions highlighted above, in particular from the ICT Development Fund,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to continue paying particular attention to implementation of the provisions of the Doha Action Plan relating to the initiatives under the framework of the Agenda for Connectivity in the Americas, as directed by Resolution 39 (Istanbul, 2002), which encompasses also the projects associated with the other resolutions cited above;


2                 to strengthen support to the Member States in this regard through the ITU Regional Office for the Americas, and to help identify additional financial resources to supplement those assigned by ITU for supporting the development of all related projects in the Americas region.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

 


 

RESOLUTION  130  (Rev. Antalya, 2006)

Strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence
and security in the use of information and
communication technologies

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),

considering

a)                the crucial importance of information and communication infrastruc­tures and their applications to practically all forms of social and economic activity;

b)                that, with the application and development of information and communication technologies (ICTs), new threats from various sources have emerged that may have an impact on confidence and security in the use of ICTs by all Member States, Sector Members and other stakeholders, including all users of ICTs, and on the preservation of peace and the economic and social development of all Member States, and that threats to and vulnerabilities of networks continue to give rise to ever-growing security challenges across national borders for all countries, in particular developing countries, including least developed countries, small island developing states and countries with economies in transition, while noting in this context the need to further enhance international cooperation and develop and adapt appropriate existing national, regional and international mechanisms (for example agreements, best practices, memorandums of understanding, etc);

c)                that, in order to protect these infrastructures and address these challenges and threats, coordinated national action is required for prevention, preparation, response and recovery from an incident, on the part of government authorities at the national, state/provincial and local levels, the private sector and citizens and users, in addition to international cooperation and coordination,


recognizing

a)                that the application and development of ICTs have been and continue to be instrumental for the growth and development of the global economy, underpinned by security and trust;

b)                that the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recognized the need to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs and the great importance of multistakeholder implementation at the international level, and established action line C5, “Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs”, with ITU identified in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society as moderator/facilitator for that WSIS action line;

c)                that the World Telecommunication Development Conference (Doha, 2006) (WTDC-06) has adopted the Doha Action Plan and its programme 3 on e-strategies and ICT applications that identifies cybersecurity as a priority activity of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and defines activities to be undertaken by BDT, and in particular the adoption of Resolution 45 (Doha, 2006) of WTDC entitled “Mechanisms for enhancing cooperation on cyber­security, including combating spam”;

d)                § 15 of the Tunis Commitment, which states that: “Recognizing the principles of universal and non-discriminatory access to ICTs for all nations, the need to take into account the level of social and economic development of each country, and respecting the development-oriented aspects of the information society, we underscore that ICTs are effective tools to promote peace, security and stability, to enhance democracy, social cohesion, good governance and the rule of law, at national, regional and international levels. ICTs can be used to promote economic growth and enterprise development. Infrastructure development, human capacity building, information security and network security are critical to achieve these goals. We further recognize the need to effectively confront challenges and threats resulting from use of ICTs for purposes that are inconsistent with objectives of maintaining international stability and security and may adversely affect the integrity of the infrastructure within States, to the detriment of their security. It is necessary to prevent the abuse of information resources and technologies for criminal and terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights”,


aware

a)                that ITU and other international organizations, through a variety of activities, are examining issues related to building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, including stability and measures to combat spam, malware, transmission of unsolicited content etc., and to protect personal data and privacy;

b)                that Study Group 17 of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and other relevant ITU study groups continue to work on technical means for the security of information and communication networks, in accordance with Resolutions 50, 51 and 52 (Florianópolis, 2004) of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly,

noting

a)                that, as an intergovernmental organization with private-sector participation, ITU is well positioned to play an important role, together with other international bodies and organizations, in addressing threats and vulnerabilities, which affect efforts to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs;

b)                §§ 35 and 36 of the Geneva Declaration of Principles and § 39 of the Tunis Agenda, on building confidence and security in the use of ICTs;

c)                that, although there are no universally agreed upon definitions of spam and other terms in this sphere, spam was characterized by ITU-T Study Group 2, at its June 2006 session, as a term commonly used to describe unsolicited electronic bulk communications over e-mail or mobile messaging (SMS, MMS), usually with the objective of marketing commercial products or services,

resolves

to give this work high priority within ITU, in accordance with its competences and expertise,


instructs the Secretary-General and the Directors of the Bureaux

1                 to review:

i)     the work done so far by ITU and other relevant organizations, and initiatives to address existing and future threats in order to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs, such as the issue of countering spam;

ii)    the progress achieved in the implementation of this resolution and in the role of ITU as moderator/facilitator for WSIS action line C5, with the help of the advisory groups, consistent with the ITU Constitution and Convention;

2                 to facilitate access to tools required for enhancing confidence and security in the use of ICTs for all Member States, consistent with WSIS provisions on universal and non-discriminatory access to ICTs for all nations;

3                 to continue the cybersecurity gateway as a way to share information on national, regional and international cybersecurity-related initiatives worldwide;

4                 to report annually to the Council on these activities and to make proposals as appropriate,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

1                 to intensify work within existing ITU-T study groups in order to:

i)     address existing and future threats and vulnerabilities affecting efforts to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs, by developing recom­mendations, as appropriate;

ii)    seek ways to enhance the exchange of technical information in these fields, promote implementation of emerging protocols and standards that further enhance security, and promote international cooperation among appropriate entities;


2                 to continue collaboration with relevant organizations with a view to exchanging best practices and disseminating information through, for example, joint workshops and training sessions,

instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau

1                 to develop, consistent with the results of WTDC-06 and the subsequent meeting held pursuant to Resolution 45 (Doha, 2006), the projects for enhancing cooperation on cybersecurity and combating spam responding to the needs of developing countries, in close collaboration with the relevant partners;

2                 to provide the necessary financial and administrative support for these projects within existing resources, and to seek additional resources (in cash and in kind) for the implementation of these projects through partnership agreements;

3                 to ensure coordination of these projects within the context of ITU’s overall activities in its role as moderator/facilitator for WSIS action line C5;

4                 to coordinate these projects with the activities and programmes of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) study groups on this topic;

5                 to continue collaboration with relevant organizations with a view to exchanging best practices and disseminating information through, for example, joint workshops and training sessions;

6                 to report annually to the Council on these activities and make proposals as appropriate,

requests the Council

to include the report of the Secretary-General in the documents sent to Member States in accordance with No. 81 of the Convention;


invites Member States, Sector Members and Associates

1                 to participate actively in the ongoing work of the relevant ITU study groups;

2                 to develop, as appropriate, the necessary relevant legislation, noting in particular regional initiatives including, but not limited to, the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime;

3                 to make contributions on this subject in ITU-D Study Group 1 and participate in the ongoing activities of the BDT projects;

4                 to contribute to building confidence and security in the use of ICTs at the national, regional and international levels, by undertaking activities as outlined in § 12 of the Geneva Plan of Action.

 

(Marrakesh, 2002) – (Rev. Antalya, 2006)