Introduction


ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for Telecommunication /ICTs

ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that focus on interoperability and ensure that networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to telecommunication /ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.


ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. ITU's work aims to protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.


ITU Council is the member-led governing body that ensures that ITU’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s rapidly changing telecommunications environment.

Cooperation in ITU governance


I am pleased to say that a strong spirit of cooperation presided over this year’s session of

the ITU Council.


Over nine days, from 10 to 20 June, the 2019 session of the ITU Council debated and took decisions on important issues that will undoubtedly to strengthen the work of ITU in the months and years to come. This report shows some of the outcomes of the meeting, and informs new councillors and delegates about the Council’s role and structure.


Important decisions that were made include the approval of:


  • the 2018 Financial Operating Report, with the allocations of the 2018 results;
  • the 2020-2021 budget for an amount of 332 million Swiss Francs;
  • additional appropriations for the implementation of Resolution 131;
  • the revision of Decision 482 concerning the cost recovery mechanisms for complex/large non-GSO satellite filings;
  • a new Council Decision on General Audit of Fraud at a Regional Office and allocation of the necessary funding;
  • the Report on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan and the activities of the Union for 2018-2019;
  • the Operational Plans for 2020-2023;
  • the Terms of Reference of the Expert Group on ITRs;
  • the strengthening of the Regional presence and its review by an external entity.


I hope that all councillors have taken with them the remarkable spirit of this year’s Council and will bring it back to our major upcoming events – from GSR-19 to ITU Telecom World 2019 to RA-19 and especially to WRC-19!

“I hope that all councillors have taken with them the remarkable spirit of this year’s Council and will bring it back to our major upcoming events.”

Houlin Zhao

ITU Secretary-General

Role of the
Council


The Council acts as governing body of

the Union on behalf of the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP) within the limits of the powers delegated by the PP.

In the interval between two PPs, it supervises the overall management and administration of the Union.