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Elections completed for ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board

Election results from the 20th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

Dubai, 05 November 2018

Member States at the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today completed the election process for the ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board.

ITU Council

The ITU is governed by the Plenipotentiary Conference which is the supreme organ of the Union and elects its senior officials, the 48 Members of its Council and its twelve members of the Radio Regulations Board. It also determines the direction of the Union and its activities over the following four years.

The ITU Council serves as the governing body of ITU between Plenipotentiary Conferences, which take place every four years. It ensures oversight of the Union's activities, policies and strategies, manages Working Groups on specific topics set up by Plenipotentiary Conferences or by the Council itself, and prepares the draft ITU Strategic and Financial Plans for presentation to the Plenipotentiary.

ITU Council Member States elected for 2019-2022:

Region A — The Americas (9 seats) Argentina; Bahamas; Brazil; Canada; Cuba; El Salvador; Mexico; Paraguay; United States.

Region B — Western Europe (8 seats) – France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Italy; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey.

Region C — Eastern Europe and Northern Asia (5 seats) Azerbaijan; Czech Republic; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation.

Region D — Africa (13 seats) –  Algeria; Burkina Faso; Côte d'Ivoire; Egypt; Ghana; Kenya; Morocco; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; Tunisia; Uganda.

Region E — Asia and Australasia (13 seats)  Australia; China; India; Indonesia; Iran (Islamic Republic of); Japan; Korea (Rep. of); Kuwait; Pakistan; Philippines; Saudi Arabia; Thailand; United Arab Emirates.

Radio Regulations Board

ITU, through its Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), and its secretariat the Radiocommunication Bureau, is the global authority responsible for the management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources. With the relentless expansion of wireless services worldwide, there are competing demands for a share of the radio-frequency spectrum to support new applications. The importance and relevance of ITU-R work is therefore increasing every day.

The Radio Regulations Board is a part-time body which comprises 12 members representing ITU's five regions (The Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, Africa, and Asia/Australasia).

This body approves the Rules of Procedure in application of the Radio Regulations, including those related to the assignment and use of radio frequencies and the use of satellite orbits. It also serves as an appeal board in case of disputes and provides advice to World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences.

Election results for the ITU Radio Regulations Board 2019-2022:

Region A: The Americas: Chantal Beaumier (Canada); Fernando Borjón Figueroa (Mexico).

Region B: Western Europe: Yvon Henri (France); Lilian Jeanty (Netherlands).

Region C: Eastern Europe & Northern Asia: Sahiba Hasanova (Azerbaijan); Nikolay Varlamov (Russian Federation).

Region D: Africa: Elsayed Azzouz (Egypt); Samuel Mandla Mchunu (South Africa); Hassan Talib (Morocco).

Region E: Asia & Australasia: Tariq Alamri (Saudi Arabia); Akira Hashimoto (Japan); Doan Quang Hoan (Viet Nam).

Additional resources

  • Visit the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference Newsroom here.
  • More information about ITU's 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18), taking place from 29 October to 16 November in Dubai, is available on the PP18 website.
  • Backgrounder on managing the radio-frequency spectrum for the world here.
  • Election results and background information about the elected officials are available here as they are published.
  • Learn more about the election process here.
  • Follow @ITU and the hashtag #Plenipot for the latest updates.
  • Watch PP18 webcast here.​