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Intersectoral Coordination

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Resolution 191 (Rev. Bucharest, 2022) on “Strategy for the coordination of e​fforts among the three Sectors of the Union” instructs the Secretary-General to continue enhancing a coordination and cooperation strategy for effective and efficient efforts in areas of mutual interest to the three ITU Sectors and the General Secretariat, in order to avoid duplication of effort and optimize the use of resources of the Union.

​Furthermore, it instructs the Secretary General and the Directors of the three Bureaux to ensure that the agendas of the respective advisory groups include coordination with the other Sectors, so that strategies and actions are suggested for optimal development of the areas of common interest.​​​​​ It also instructs the Secretary General and the Directors of the three Bureaux to provide support to ISCG and to the Sector Advisory Groups in the intersectoral coordination activity in areas of mutual interest​.

Coordination within the Secretariat

Inter-Sectoral Coordination Task Force (ISC-TF) 

The Inter-Sectoral Coordination Task Force (ISC-TF) was established to enhance the coordination and collaboration among the three Bureaux and the General Secretariat, with a view to avoid internal duplication of effort and optimize the use of resources. The Terms of Reference of ISC-TF w​ere specified in Service Order No.16/13.

The ISC-TF, chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, is composed by: a) the Deputies to the Directors of the three Bureaux and the Chief of the Strategic Planning and Membership Department; b) the Intersectoral Focal Points responsible for specific thematic areas; c) the Regional Directors; d) the Chiefs of Departments of the General Secretariat; e) as an observer, the Head of the Internal Audit Unit, and at the invitation of the Chairman, the Chiefs of Departments of the Bureaux​.

The areas of inter-sectoral interest coordinated by ISC-TF include the topics of: Climate Change, Smart Communities, Emergency Telecommunications, Bridging the Standards Gap, Accessibility, Gender, Communications & Web Editorial, Events Coordination, Resourse mobilization and the Participation of SMEs in the work of ITU.

Membership coordination

​Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) on issues of mutual interest​

The Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) is jointly established by the Advisory Groups of all three Sectors, in order to avoid duplication of effort and optimize the use of resources. While executing its functions it will:
The ISCG developed a list of areas of mutual interest and approved mappings to include candidate topics on working methods for ITU inter-Sector coordination of common interest areas of work.

Other relevant references to intersectoral coordination

Joint Inspection Unit of the UN System - Review of Management and Administration of the ITU - JIU/REP/2016/1

Recommendation 3: The Secretary-General should finalize and present for endorsement by the Council at its 2017 session a coordination and cooperation strategy in areas of mutual interest to the General Secretariat and the three Sectors, as requested by Member States in Resolution 191 (Busan, 2014), and report annually to the Council on its implementation.

Recommendation 12: The 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference should ensure that the role of the regional presence in achieving “One ITU” is mainstreamed in the Strategic Plan of the Union, and the Council should ensure that this role is appropriately cascaded down into the operational plans of each Sector.​​


ITU Independent Management Advisory Committee - 7th Annual Report to Council 2018

Recommendation 2/2018:  IMAC recommends that ITU move towards an alignment of the operating model, people strategy and focus areas, with the Union’s strategic vision. This will ensure ITU has a fit-for-purpose organization given the speed of digitalization and the development of the information society​.​


ITU Strategic Plan 2020-2023 (Annex 1 to Res.71)

Inter-sectoral Objective I.6 (Reducing overlap and duplication): Reduce areas of overlap and duplication and foster closer and more transparent coordination among the General Secretariat and ITU Sectors, taking into account the Union's budgetary provisions and the expertise and mandate of each Sector. 


I.6-a: Closer and more transparent collaboration among the ITU Sectors, the General Secretariat and the 3 Bureaux.

I.6-b: Reducing the areas of overlap and duplication among the ITU Sectors and the work of the General Secretariat and the 3 Bureaux.

I.6-c: Realise savings through avoidance of areas of overlap.

I.6-1: Process to identify and eliminate all forms and instances of duplication of functions and activities between all ITU structural bodies, optimizing, inter alia, management methods, logistics, coordination and support by the Secretariat.

I.6-2: Implement the concept of "One ITU", harmonizing, to the extent feasible, procedures across Sectors and regional offices/regional presence in the implementation of goals and objectives of the ITU and Sectors.