Key outcomes

ITU events

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

The ITU Council 2019 approved the theme for the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020 (WTISD-20): “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) takes place every year on 17 May. It helps raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. WTISD marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union on 17 May 1865.

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly

The ITU Council 2019 decided that the next assembly, WTSA-20, would be held in Hyderabad, India (subject to the concurrence of all Member States).

The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly is held every four years and defines the next period of study for the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T).

ITU Telecom World

The Vietnamese Government has kindly invited to host ITU Telecom 2020.

ITU Telecom World is the global platform for governments, corporates and tech small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate ICT innovation for economic growth and social good.

ITU upcoming ITU Telecom World 2019 will take place
from 9 to 12 September in Budapest, Hungary. Registration for this event is now open –

register here.

World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum

The Council decided that the next forum, WTPF-21, would take place over three days in Geneva, in conjunction with the WSIS Forum.

The theme will be: “How new and emerging digital technologies and trends are enablers of the global transition to the digital economy.”

The World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF) is a high-level international event to exchange views on the key policy issues arising from today's fast changing information and communication technology (ICT) environment.

World Telecommunication Development Conference

The Council decided that WTDC-21 would be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 8 to 19 November 2021 (subject to the concurrence of all ITU Member States).

Through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU organizes a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in the period between two Plenipotentiary Conferences to consider topics, projects and programmes relevant to telecommunication development.

WTDCs set the strategies and objectives for the development of telecommunication/ICT, providing future direction and guidance to the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D).

Plenipotentiary Conference

The Council decided that PP-22 would be held in Bucharest, Romania, from 26 September to 14 October 2022 (subject to the concurrence of all ITU Member States).

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP) is the highest policy-making body of the ITU. Held every four years, it is the key event at which ITU Member States decide on the future role of the organization, thereby determining the organization’s ability to influence and affect the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) worldwide.

World Radiocommunication Conference

Preparations are well underway for the ITU’s major event this year, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019.

See the ITU News Magazine Nos 1 and 2 (related to WRC-19).

World radiocommunication conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years. It is the job of WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous world radiocommunication conferences.