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Media registration now open for ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

For three weeks in Bucharest starting 26 September, leaders from 193 countries will set the global direction of digital transformation and elect the UN tech agency’s next management team

Geneva, 10 August 2022


Media registration is open for the forthcoming Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), set to take place in Bucharest, Romania, between 26 September and 14 October.

The 2022 Plenipotentiary – or PP-22 – brings together the highest policy-making body of ITU, the United Nations' specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

All media intending to attend must register here.

Held every four years, this is the key event at which ITU's 193 Member States decide on the future role of the organization.

Shaping our digital future

PP-22 is expected to attract around 3,000 participants, including Heads of State and high-level dignitaries from across ITU's 193 Member States.

Delegations will also include representatives from ITU's broader membership – private companies, academic institutions, and national, regional, and international bodies engaged with the organization on technical aspects of radiocommunication and standardization or in fostering digital transformation in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

PP-22 will set ITU's general policies, as well as strategic and financial plans for 2024-2027 – addressing ITU's work on key issues from digital inclusion and bridging the digital divide to the best ways to leverage artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G and future networks towards 6G, along with other new and emerging technologies to improve the way all of us, everywhere, live and work.

Electing ITU's next management team

ITU plays an integral role in enabling sustainable digital development and inclusive uptake of new services and technologies for all people everywhere. The organization holds a mandate from governments worldwide to coordinate shared use of the radio spectrum; promote international cooperation on the assignment of satellite orbits; foster reliable, accessible digital and telecom infrastructure in developing countries; and establish global standards to ensure seamless interconnection over a vast range of communication systems.

The conference will also elect the five top executives – the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and Directors of the Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardization, and Telecommunication Development Bureaux – who will guide the organization's work over the next four years.

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP-22) sets the next four-year strategy, budget, and leadership of ITU.

Decisions taken at PP-22 will have an impact on the telecom and tech sectors in developed and developing countries alike. Business, finance, and development reporters, as well as those focused on tech and foreign affairs, will find compelling newsgathering opportunities on the challenges and opportunities we all face in the years to come.

26 September – 14 October 2022.
* Confirmation of which sessions are open to media, and the times for press conferences, will be given closer to the event dates.

Palace of Parliament (People's House), Bucharest, Romania.
*There will be no possibility to participate in sessions remotely, but all sessions may be available to follow via webcast.

More information:

 - Advance registration is required for media to attend and participate. To meet security protocols, there is strictly no admittance to the venue without an event badge.

 - Learn more via the PP-22 website.

 - Background materials, press releases, video, photos, and more information are available in the PP-22 Online Newsroom.

Note for general media:
Media representatives are advised to submit their requests for accreditation and registration in advance, to allow enough time for verification of media credentials and to receive key announcements in the run-up to the conference.

Note for international media: a visa may be required to enter Romania and would have to be handled personally without the aid of ITU.

About ITU
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world. For more information, visit​