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External Cooperation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Collaboration on ITS Communication Standards (CITS)

The intent of the Collaboration is to provide a globally recognized forum for the creation of an internationally accepted, globally harmonized set of ITS communication standards of the highest quality in the most expeditious manner possible to enable the rapid deployment of fully interoperable ITS communication-related products and services in the global marketplace.

Cooperation between ITU-T and Academia

This cooperation is intended to raise the profile of academic institutions and promote the advancement of ICT innovations through worldwide recognition and adoption of global standards.

Digital Currency Global Initiative

The Digital Currency Global Initiative is collaboration between ITU and the Future of Digital Currency Program of Stanford University​. The Digital Currency Global Initiative will continue the dialogue and research initiated by the ITU-T FG-DFC on pilot implementations, use cases, applications and developing specifications for technical standards that will foster adoption, universal access and ultimately financial inclusion. The Digital Currency Global Initiative goals are to drive the synergistic engagement, innovative use, and standardization of Digital Currencies, which are the three pillars of the Initiative.

FIGI resources for strong au​thenticatio​n

This is a compendium of resources for developers, provided under the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) to help foster the adoption of strong password-less authentication for user login and transaction confirmation especially for digital financial services. The resources mainly focus on demonstrating how easy and fast it is, to eliminate the use of passwords with Recommendation ITU-T X.1277 that describes Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Universal Authentication Framework (UAF).

Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Symposium​

The FIGI Symposium will be held on an annual basis over the next three years (2017-2020) in order to provide a forum for dialogue regulators from telecom and financial services, DFS providers and all concerned stakeholders to share their experience and views on the main challenges to be addressed for scaling up DFS.

​​​​​​​​Global Initiative on AI and Data Commons

The Global Initiative on AI and Data Commons brings together AI specialists and data owners from industry, academia, member states, UN agencies and civil society to develop knowledge, specifications and guidelines to scale AI solutions with the help of shared datasets, testing and simulation environments, collaborative sandboxes, AI models and associated software, data discoverability and storage and computing resources.​​

Global Standards Collaboration (GSC)

GSC is an unincorporated voluntary organization dedicated to enhancing global cooperation and collaboration regarding communications standards and the related standards development environment.

IEC SMB/ISO TMB/ITU-T TSAG Standardization Programme Coordination Group (SPCG)

The IEC SMB/ISO TMB/ITU-T TSAG Standardization Programme Coordination Group (SPCG) was established in 2018 by ISO TMB, IEC SMB, and ITU-T TSAG, and conducts strategic coordination of future standardization work, coordination of existing standardization work, short-term related tasks identified by the SPCG and approved by the technical boards of IEC, ISO and ITU-T. The approved SPCG terms of reference are here​.​​​​


As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, ITU was proud to have played the leading role in the organization of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Agreements

​​​​​​Cooperation Agreement betwe​en The GCC Standardization Organization ("GSO") and the International Telecommunication Union ("ITU"​)
​18 September 2019: the Cooperation Agreement with GSO and ITU has the mandate to establish a high-level, non-exclusive framework for the cooperation between the two organization and to promote the use of ITU Standards taking into account the requirements of the countries members of GSO and to support long term sustainable economic development.​​

Recognized SDOs under Recs. A.4, A.5 and A.6

ITU-T's external cooperation is guided by three ITU-T Recommendations: ITU-T A.4: procedures for communicating with forums and consortia, ITU-T A.5: making reference to documents from other organizations, ITU-T A.6: cooperation and exchange of information with national and regional SDOs.

Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Mitigation - Partnership Co-ordination Panel (PCP-TDR)

The PCP-TDR should ensure that key players are involved in defining and meeting the requirements for telecommunications for disaster relief, here included early warning. Participation is open to international telecommunication service providers, related government departments, standards development organizations, disaster relief organizations, and other entities working in the field.

​​​​​​​​World Standards Cooperation (WSC)

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of ITU, ISO, and IEC.

Technical coordination mechanism among IEC, ISO and ITU-T/ITU-R (including ISO/IEC JTC1)​​