How we are funded

ITU draws mainly on membership fees and cost recovery activities to fund its work and continue to provide vital services to its members.

Membership revenue

Contributions from ITU’s Member States, Sector Members, Associates, and Academia account for around 75 per cent of its total funding. At each Plenipotentiary ConferenceITU Member States select the size of their contribution. A single contributory unit for a Member State represents CHF 318,000 per year, with contributions varying from 1/16 unit class to 40 units.  Contributions for Sector Members, Associates and Academia vary according to location, size of entity and nature of their membership.

Other sources of funding 

ITU generates around 25 per cent of total funding as cost recovery, mainly from activities such as sales of ITU publications, satellite network filing fees, and the registration of Universal International Freephone Numbers (UIFN).  ITU also develops partnerships with other organizations and entities that can provide voluntary contributions earmarked for specific projects, particularly in Developing and Least Developed Countries.

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