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Media registration open for ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) and the Radiocommunication Assembly 2023 (RA-23)

ITU Member States to meet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to determine future allocations of radio frequency spectrum.


Geneva, 28 September 2023

​​​​​​​​​​​The World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 20 November to 15 December 2023. Preceding WRC-23 in Dubai, the Radiocommunication Assembly 2023 (RA-23) will take place from 13 to 17 November. 

World Radiocommunication Conferences are held by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) every three to four years to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and geostationary and non-geostationary satellite orbits. Radiocommunication Assemblies are responsible for establishing the structure, working methods and programme of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector and approving ITU Radiocommunication Recommendations. 

Events: Radiocommunication Assembly 2023 (RA-23) and World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23)
Dates: RA-23: 13-17 November 2023 / WRC-23: 20 November-15 December 2023
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Media Accreditation: Advance registration is required for all journalists. Please read the full advisory for important registration information.​


A combined 4,000 participants are expected to attend WRC-23 and RA-23, including delegates from the 193 ITU Member States as well as from the 280 members of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) representing international organizations, equipment manufacturers, network operators and industry forums attending as observers. 

​WRC-23 will focus on:
  • Identifying additional frequency bands for the continued development of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), including the use of high-altitude platform stations as IMT base stations for the universal deployment of wireless networks.
  • Improvements to the international regulatory framework for geostationary orbit (GSO) and non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites while promoting equitable access for all countries.
  • Use of satellite technologies for broadband services to improve connectivity, particularly in remote areas.
  • New spectrum to enhance radiocommunications in the aeronautical mobile service, including by satellite, and to facilitate the use of the space research and Earth exploration-satellite services for climate monitoring, weather prediction and other scientific missions.
  • The modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
  • The regulatory framework for the use of earth stations in motion on board aircraft and ships for communication with GSO and NGSO satellites.
  • The future of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) broadcasting band which has implications for television broadcast, programme-making and special events, as well as public protection and disaster relief. 

Please note that media accreditation to RA-23/WRC-23 is available to working members of the media with reporting responsibilities only. Please review ITU guidelines to ensure that you qualify for media accreditation before registering for the event. A single media badge will be issued to journalists for both RA-23 and WRC-23. 

UN-accredited media: All reporters must register for ITU media accreditation to access RA-23 and WRC-23. While a valid UN media badge will be accepted to register for both events, UN-accredited correspondents are required to email in advance to express their intention to cover. Upon notifying the ITU press office, UN-accredited correspondents will be credentialed for both events. UN-accredited correspondents can pick up their media accreditation at the venue with their valid UN badge. 

International and local media: Reporters should submit their accreditation request as soon as possible to allow time for ITU review, to receive key announcements, visa processing by the UAE host, and to avoid long queues and processing times at the venue. All reporters will be required to present a valid national photo ID when picking up their event badge on-site.

For information on UAE visa requirements: UAE RA-23/WRC-23 visa information 


For more information, please visit the WRC-23 Newsroom.

About ITU

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