The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an international organization established to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications. It was founded as the International Telegraph Union in Paris in May 17, 1865, and is today the world's oldest international organization. Its main tasks include standardization, allocation of the radio spectrum, and organizing interconnection arrangements between different countries to allow international phone calls. (In which regard it performs for telecommunications a similar function to what the UPU performs for postal services.) It is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations.
ITU-T Telecommunications Sector
ITU-R Radiocommunications Sector
- ITU-D Development Sector
The ITU decides matters between states through an extensive series of working parties, study groups, regional meetings, and world meetings.
- World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC)
- World Administrative Radio Conference s (WARC)
World Summit on the Information Society
The ITU is serving as the secretariat of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
- ITU official site http://www.itu.int/
- ITU history from the official site http://www.itu.int/aboutitu/overview/history.html
U.N. Summit to Focus on Internet http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A36852-2003Dec4?language=printer - Washington Post article about ICANN and the United Nations' ITU relationship
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