Updated 23 March 2020
ITU launches network resiliency platform:
The new platform will help national policy-makers, regulators and industry stakeholders cope with increasing stress put on global networks during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the statement of ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao
Virtual meetings as of 16 March 2020:
As of Monday, 16 March 2020, all international meetings at ITU premises will be remote only until further notice and until 17 April 2020 at the earliest. Click here for an updated status of ITU meetings. Further information and guidelines on how to participate remotely can be found on the relevant meeting website.
The ITU premises in Geneva will not be accessible to delegates and most visitors during this period. This action has been instigated to protect the health of ITU delegates and staff and to help to curb the spread of COVID-19. As the WHO Director-General stated yesterday: “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. This is the first pandemic that can be controlled".
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to your cooperation. For ITU remote meeting participation tools, including Interprefy, please go
New conference dates:
Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG ): 25 to 27 May 2020.
Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG): 2 to 5 June 2020.
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum: 30 August to 4 September 2020. Registration of already registered participants remains valid - they do NOT need to register again. Registration will re-open closer to the new event dates.
AI for Good Global Summit: 21 to 25 September 2020. Registration remains open and all registrations received remain valid for the new date. All open calls extended to 30 June.
The 17th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium now takes place from 1 to 3 December 2020.
Click here for an updated status of ITU conferences.
ITU management is fully prepared for any eventuality and is working closely with the World Health Organization to provide the following advice to ITU staff and delegates on how to protect themselves and others. You can find the WHO advice here.
The symptoms of mild forms of COVID-19 are respiratory infection and cough, plus a fever >38C degrees.
Routes of transmission:
Droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (within 2 meters) and transferred into the mouths or noses of people nearby or inhaled into the lungs; and touching one's own mouth, nose or eyes after touching a surface or object (such as a doorknob) that is contaminated, or after shaking hands or cheek-to-cheek greeting with an infected person.
- Routinely undertake hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer gel (available outside meeting rooms, cafeteria, toilets etc);
- Carry and make use of personal alcohol-based hand sanitizers;
- Paper towels or disposable wipes should be used to touch and/or clean surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks);
- Discourage handshaking, cheek-to-cheek greetings and hugging;
- Sneeze and cough into crook of arm or paper tissue;
- If symptoms persist return home/hotel and stay at home/hotel until symptoms pass;
- If the symptoms develop contact the ITU Medical Service - Varembe [contact details below] or
Switzerland Covid-19 Hotline: +41 (0) 58 463 00 00
Regarding the use of masks, please note WHO advice:
Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once. If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill then you are wasting a mask. There is a world-wide shortage of masks, so WHO urges people to use masks wisely.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.
ITU Medical Service
Varembé building, first floor (V.16)
0830-1230 hours, and 1400-1730 hours