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Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1959)

14 October - 21 December 1959 - Geneva, Switzerland

The Plenipotentiary Conference of 1959 completed the process of integrating ITU into the United Nations system by assimilating the Union into the common system of working conditions, salaries, pensions, etc. It also decided that the Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General should henceforth be elected directly by the Plenipotentiary Conference and not, as before, by the Administrative Council.

The Conference adopted Resolution No. 25 instructing the Union to provide, on request, technical assistance in the telecommunication field to developing countries. A provision was added to the Convnetion that included the development of telecommunications in developing countries as one of the basic purposes of the Union (Article 4). In connection with this decision, a Department of Technical Cooperation was created in 1960 within the ITU General Secretariat under the direct authority of the Secretary-General.
Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1959)
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International Telecommunication Convention (Geneva, 1959)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Convention internationale des télécommunications (Genève, 1959)(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Convenio Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (Ginebra, 1959)(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
International Telecommunication Convention (Geneva, 1959)(中文)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


List of Documents of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1959)(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. 301-400(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 401-458(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DT No. 1-140(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Liste des documents de la Conférence de plénipotentiaires (Genève, 1959)(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. 301-400(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 401-458(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DT No. 1-140(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Lista de los Documentos de la Conferencia Plenipotenciaria (Ginebra, 1959)(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. 301-400(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 401-458(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos DT No. 1-140(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

List of participants

List of Participants of the Plenipotentiary Conference and Administrative Radio Conference (Geneva, 1959) [English/French/Spanish](Multilingual)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


Mr. J. D. H Van der Toorn (Netherlands)

Countries participating



"Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1959)." Telecommunication Journal 26, no. 11 (1959): 232-237.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"The Achievements of the Geneva Conferences: First Assessment." Telecommunication Journal 26, no. 12 (1959): 256-258.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"The Technical Assistance Problem at the Plenipotentiary Conference." Telecommunication Journal 26, no. 12 (1959): 263-265.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Some Reflections on the Major Decisions of the Plenipotentiary Conference, Geneva, 1959." Telecommunication Journal 27, no. 5 (1960): 98-104.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

Link to the ITU Library Catalogue (Geneva, 1959)(Multilingual) URL


The Morning Electron (Geneva, 1959)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
L'electron du matin (Genève, 1959)(Français)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
El Electrón de la Mañana (Ginebra, 1959)(Español)download PDF PDF (acrobat)