have been sent the following categories entitled to participate (ref. CV/Art. 23): 

  • Member States [CV/268]
    • CL-17/41: Invitation on behalf of the United Arab Emirates
    • CL-17/42: Invitation from the ITU Secretary-General 
  • Palestine [Res. 99 (Rev. Busan, 2014)]
  • Observers which participate in an advisory capacity (Annex 2 to Res. 145 (Antalya, 2006)):
    • the United Nations [CV/269A]
    • regional telecommunications organizations [CV/269B]
    • intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems [CV/269C]
    • specialized agencies of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency [CV/269D]
    • DM-17/1004: Invitation from the ITU Secretary-General 
  • Observers which do not participate in an advisory capacity (Annex 3 to Res. 145 (Antalya, 2006)):
    • Sector Members referred to in CV/229 (recognized operating agencies, scientific or industrial organizations and financial or development institutions) and CV/231 (regional and other international telecommunication, standardization, financial or development organizations)
    • DM-17/1005: Invitation from the ITU Secretary-General 


Registration for the Plenipotentiary Conference will begin on 28 May 2018 and will be carried out exclusively online.

Provision of information through the online registration system does not exempt Member States from the need to submit an original credentials document (see Credentials section).


In accordance with Article 31 of the ITU Convention – Credentials for Conferences - and Nos 324, 325, and 328 to 331 in particular, accreditation of delegations sent by Member States to Plenipotentiary Conferences shall be by means of instruments signed by the Head of State, by the Head of Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs

The credentials submitted shall, moreover, fulfil one of the following criteria:

  • confer full powers on the delegation;
  • authorize the delegation to represent its government, without restrictions;
  • give the delegation, or certain members thereof, the right to sign the Final Acts.

The original credentials document should be sent to the Secretary-General. Following established practice, credentials or transfers of power sent by fax or e-mail are considered as not being in order. Under No. 333 of the ITU Convention, a delegation whose credentials are found not to be in order by the Plenary Meeting shall not be entitled to exercise the right to vote or to sign the Final Acts until the situation has been rectified.

Attention is drawn to No. 338 of the ITU Convention which states that credentials and transfers of powers sent by telegram shall not be accepted. By analogy and in accordance with constant practice, credentials and transfers of powers sent by fax or e-mail shall neither be accepted.

To enable Member States to fully exercise their sovereign rights at PP-18, the competent authorities are invited to send the original credentials document to ITU headquarters in Geneva - accompanied, where necessary, by a certified translation in one of the official languages of the Union – before the opening of the Conference.

Member States in a position to deposit credentials before the opening of the Conference are invited to do so by registered letter, to the following address:

ITU Secretary-General PP-18 Credentials Committee secretariat - Office T.1216
International Telecommunication Union
Place des Nations
CH - 1211 GENEVA 20

Credentials may also be deposited with the PP-18 Credentials Committee secretariat at the Conference venue in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as from 27 October 2018.

A model instrument of credentials for use by delegations which fulfils the criteria set out in the relevant provisions of the ITU Convention will be available in due course. 

Key Deadlines

Key Deadlines

  • 2017
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • 2018
  • 2018

PP Process

In order to prepare your efficient participation in the Conference, the following presentations will be available in due course:

-        The roll-out of PP

-        The document process explained

-        The election process explained

-        How to draft a resolution

-        The rules of procedures

Practical Info

Practical information will be published in due course.

Regional Preparatory Meetings

The PP-18 regional preparatory process started in 2017 and continues in 2018, with meetings being convened in all regions. 

APT Preparatory meetings 

Arab States Preparatory meetings 

ATU Preparatory meetings 

CEPT Preparatory meetings 

CITEL Preparatory meetings 

RCC Preparatory meetings