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ITU's 150th Anniversary: Council Committee


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the oldest of the intergovernmental organizations which have become specialized agencies of the United Nations. It was founded in Paris in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2015.

Creation of a Committee -- Terms of Reference

​Council 2013 decided at the second Plenary Meeting to establish a Committee for the preparation of the 150th anniversary celebrations with the following terms of reference:

  • invite ITU Membership and ITU staff to make proposals for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary;
  • review the proposals as well as evaluate the costs involved for each proposal;
  • reflect the evaluation and discussions on the proposals in a comprehensive report to the 2014 and 2015 Sessions of Council;
  • establish a time planning for 2013-2014 and for the celebration year 2015;
  • prepare recommendations/guidelines to the ITU Membership to celebrate the anniversary;
  • study the possibility of sponsoring the celebration events;
  • contact UN and its specialized agencies Funds and Programs, as well as UN Family organizations -and more particularly the public information departments- to invite them to participate in the celebrations and to prepare celebration articles or publications;
  • make suggestions for publicity materials for the celebration events as well as a budget estimate to pay for them

First meeting : 15 November 2013, ITU Headquarters, Room C, 9:00 hours

Second meeting : 26 february 2014, ITU Headquarters, Room H, 9:30 hours

Fourth meeting: Monday 15 February 2016, ITU Headquarters