Key outcomes


Administration and management

The Standing Committee on Administration and Management (SC-ADM) held 10 meetings during ITU Council 2019 in which 72 documents were reviewed and considered, of which 13 were information INF documents, 9 were DT documents, and 3 were DL documents.


At the final Plenary session, the Council considered the report C19/107 (restricted to ITU TIES users) by the SC-ADM Committee, which contains recommendations on all agenda items at this Council session deemed to have financial implications.


The Committee recommended that the Council adopt 4 Resolutions and 7 Decisions annexed to their Report.


The following are just some of the topics that the SC-ADM discussed:


· Financial and human resources

· Arrears and special arrears

· Staff regulations and health insurance

· Efficiency measures

· Revenues and expenses

· Measuring the information society

· Strengthening the regional presence

· Progress on the HQ project

· Security

· Fraud and ethics

· Audit

· Etc.

The Standing Committee on Administration and Management (SC-ADM) held 10 meetings during ITU Council 2019 in which 72 documents were reviewed and considered, of which 13 were information INF documents, 9 were DT documents, and 3 were DL documents.

At the final Plenary session, the Council considered the report C19/107 (restricted to ITU TIES users) by the SC-ADM Committee, which contains recommendations on all agenda items at this Council session deemed to have financial implications.

The Committee recommended that the Council adopt 4 Resolutions and 7 Decisions annexed to their Report.

The following are just some of the topics that the SC-ADM discussed:

· Financial and human resources

· Arrears and special arrears

· Staff regulations and health insurance

· Efficiency measures

· Revenues and expenses

· Measuring the information society

· Strengthening the regional presence

· Progress on the HQ project

· Security

· Fraud and ethics

· Audit

· Etc.

SME participation at ITU

Small businesses have always driven economic growth worldwide, but in today’s digital economy, startups and small-, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are more important than ever.


The ability of SMEs to nimbly serve the precise needs of local populations is critical to driving the innovation needed to meet rapidly shifting market demands. They are also essential pa
rtners in the global effort to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Following the SME pilot project launched by Council 17, PP-18 adopted Resolution 209, which encourages SMEs to participate as Associates in the Sectors of the Union, with reduced fees.


PP-18 decided that entities must be approved by their respective Member State as meeting national criteria for an SME. It also decided that entities must have fewer than 250 employees as well as annual revenues below a maximum determined by the Council.


On considering the report from the Secretary-General in Document C19/56, and two proposals received by Member States, (C19/87 and C19/90), the Council decided to set the maximum level of annual revenue of an SME to be able to participate at ITU at 15 Million CHF.


At the recommendation of the SC-ADM Committee, the Council decided that the reduced fee option for SMEs would be made available as of January 2020, and the current SME pilot project would continue until this time, to ensure an orderly transition.


Read more about how SMEs are contributing to ITU’s work.

ITUPeople Strategy and the HR Strategic Plan (2020-2023)

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (Dubai, 2018) instructed the Secretary-General to prepare and implement, with the assistance of the Coordination Committee, and in collaboration with the Regional Offices, a four (4)-year Human Resources Strategic Plan (HRSP) aligned with the ITU strategic and financial plans, to respond to the needs of the Union, its membership and its staff.


The ITU People Strategy and the HR Strategic Plan (2020-2023) presented in Document C19/57 was developed by the Human Resources Management Department based on a consultative process conducted from December 2018 to April 2019 with the Bureaux and General Secretariat, as well as the Staff Council.


The HR goals in the plan are reflected in four main pillars:


  1. Fit-for-purpose workforce integrating diversity and agility (aligning ITU workforce to the ITU goals)
  2. Engaged employees
  3. Excellence-driven HR services
  4. Enabling work environment


At the request of the AC-ADM Committee, the ITU Council 2019 approved the proposed ITU People Strategy and the Human Resources Strategic Plan in Document C19/57.


At the Committee’s request, the Council also submitted the draft Resolution 1299 proposed by Member States in Document C19/75(Rev.1), to the Council Working Group on Financial and Human Resources (CWG-FHR), for review and submission to Council 2020 for approval.

Progress on the ITU new HQ building project

The Council Member States considered the report on progress on the Union’s headquarters premises project in Document C19/7(Rev.1), a proposal in C19/76 to ensure the presentation of contributions and donations, and the report of the Member States Advisory Group (MSAG) on the Union's Headquarters premises project (C19/48).


At the recommendation of the SC-ADM Commitee, the Council decided to hold a one-day additional session in September 2019 take a decision on proceeding to the next phase of the HQ building project.


The Council instructed the Secretary-General to provide the information required in C19/DL/12 to be made available to Council Member States two weeks before the date of the extraordinary session. MSAG and all other parties concerned were invited to collaborate.


The last Plenary of Council decided that the Secretary-General would hold an information session for Member States on the 16 September on the above matter, and that the additional Council session would take place on 27 September 2019.


Read more about the new HQ project here.


Learn more about sponsorship opportunities in the HQ e-book.