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Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998)

12 October - 6 November 1998 - Minneapolis, United States

The Plenipotentiary Conference held in Minneapolis in 1998 recognized the strategic need to strengthen the participation of the private sector in the work of the Union, and adopted a number of resolutions in this area. A single category of Sector membership was introduced, according wider rights and obligations to private sector members. In addition, the conference created an "Associate" status for participation in given study groups and subgroups, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of small entities when mutual interests exist.

The Conference adopted a resolution calling for a World Summit on the Information Society and asked the Council to consider and decide on ITU's contribution to the holding of the Summit. In other decisions, the Conference called for greater ITU participation in the evolution of the Internet as a means of global communication and took measures to strengthen the regional presence in the various regions of the Union. It also initiated a process to review the need to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations to take account of the globalization and deregulation of world telecommunications.

Keeping in mind 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, the conference adopted Resolution No. 99 providing an enhanced status to Palestine including additional rights to those of observers and the possibility to obtain an international country code, call-signs and frequency coordination. For more information, visit the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) web site.
Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998)
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Final Acts of PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Actes finals de la PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Actas Finales de la PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Final Acts of PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(عربي)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Final Acts of PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(中文)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Final Acts of PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(Pусский)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


Final List of Documents of PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 1-100(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 101-200(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 201-300(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 301-356(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DT No. 1-55(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DL No. 1-34(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Liste finale des documents de la PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 1-100(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 101-200(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 201-300(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 301-356(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DT No. 1-55(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DL No. 1-34(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Lista Finale de Documentos de la PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998)(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 1-100(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 101-200(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 201-300(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 301-356(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos DT No. 1-55(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos DL No. 1-34(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

List of participants

Final List of Participants of PP-98 (Minneapolis, 1998) [English/French/Spanish](Multilingual)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


Mr. Thomas Siebert (USA)

Countries participating



"Message from Vice-President Al Gore, a word from the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of the City of Minneapolis: Editorial." ITU News, no. 8 (1998): 3-5.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Minneapolis and the Future: Interview with Pekka Tarjane, ITU Secretary-General." ITU News, no. 8 (1998): 7-10.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Vice-President Al Gore Inaugurates the Minneapolis Conference." ITU News, no. 9 (1998): 1-2.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Al Gore's Five Challenges to the Telecom World." ITU News, no. 9 (1998): 3-7.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Yoshio Utsumi: Secretary-General Elect." ITU News, no. 10 (1998): 3-5.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Roberto Blois Deputy: Secretary-General Elect." ITU News, no. 10 (1998): 9-11.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Minneapolis Conference Spells Out New Directions for ITU." ITU News, no. 10 (1998): 12-23.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Robert Jones Entrusted with a Second Term of Office." ITU News, no. 1 (1999): 3-6.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Houlin Zhao: A New vision for Global Standardization." ITU News, no. 1 (1999): 7-10.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Hamadoun Touré: BDT at the Dawn of the New Millennium." ITU News, no. 1 (1999): 11-14.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"RAG Looks at Minneapolis Conclusions." ITU News, no. 3 (1999): 24-25.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

Link to the ITU Library Catalogue (Minneapolis, 1998)(Multilingual) URL

Useful links

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, Minneapolis 1998 (PP-98): Web site(Multilingual) URL