Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/07/1994

Category

Institutional Participation

Sub category

International Trade Law

Groups

ITU

What is it about?

This instrument establishes a binding global framework for international telecommunications and sets forth the structure of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations located in Geneva, Switzerland. Originally founded in 1865, as the International Telegraph Union, ITU’s main purpose is to coordinate global telecom networks and services with Governments and the private sector.

Why is it relevant?

The ITU establishes equipment and system-operating standards around the world, coordinating and disseminating information required for planning and operating telecommunications services. It also adopts international regulations and treaties for the use of frequency spectrums by satellites or other systems on earth. Moreover, it helps with the development of telecommunications in developing and least developed countries providing for activities such as: e- strategies, human capacity building through training programmes, policy making, connection of rural areas, development of digital technology and formulation of financing strategies.

Additional Information

The Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union abrogates and replaces the International Telecommunication Convention (Nairobi, 06/11/1982). It was also amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) and the Plenipotentionary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998).

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Afghanistan22/12/1992
Albania22/12/1992
Algeria22/12/1992
Andorra12/11/1993
Angola22/12/1992
Antigua and Barbuda22/12/1992
Argentina22/12/1992
Armenia22/12/1992
Australia22/12/1992
Austria22/12/1992
Azerbaijan22/12/1992
Bahamas22/12/1992
Bahrain22/12/1992
Bangladesh22/12/1992
Barbados22/12/1992
Belarus22/12/1992
Belgium22/12/1992
Belize22/12/1992
Benin22/12/1992
Bhutan22/12/1992
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)22/12/1992
Bosnia and Herzegovina22/12/1992
Botswana22/12/1992
Brazil22/12/1992
Brunei Darussalam22/12/1992
Bulgaria22/12/1992
Burkina Faso22/12/1992
Burundi22/12/1992
Cambodia22/12/1992
Cameroon22/12/1992
Canada22/12/1992
Cape Verde22/12/1992
Central African Republic22/12/1992
Chad22/12/1992
Chile22/12/1992
China22/12/1992
Colombia22/12/1992
Comoros22/12/1992
Congo22/12/1992
Costa Rica22/12/1992
Cote d'Ivoire22/12/1992
Croatia22/12/1992
Cuba22/12/1992
Cyprus22/12/1992
Czech Republic01/01/1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea22/12/1992
Democratic Republic of the Congo22/12/1992
Denmark22/12/1992
Djibouti22/12/1992
Dominica28/10/1996
Dominican Republic22/12/1992
Ecuador22/12/1992
Egypt22/12/1992
El Salvador22/12/1992
Equatorial Guinea22/12/1992
Eritrea06/08/1993
Estonia22/12/1992
Ethiopia22/12/1992
Fiji22/12/1992
Finland22/12/1992
France22/12/1992
Gabon22/12/1992
Gambia22/12/1992
Georgia07/01/1993
Germany22/12/1992
Ghana22/12/1992
Greece22/12/1992
Grenada22/12/1992
Guatemala22/12/1992
Guinea22/12/1992
Guinea-Bissau22/12/1992
Guyana22/12/1992
Haiti22/12/1992
Holy See22/12/1992
Honduras22/12/1992
Hungary22/12/1992
Iceland22/12/1992
India22/12/1992
Indonesia22/12/1992
Iran22/12/1992
Iraq22/12/1992
Ireland22/12/1992
Israel22/12/1992
Italy22/12/1992
Jamaica22/12/1992
Japan22/12/1992
Jordan22/12/1992
Kazakhstan23/02/1993
Kenya22/12/1992
Kiribati22/12/1992
Kuwait22/12/1992
Kyrgyzstan20/01/1994
Lao People's Democratic Republic22/12/1992
Latvia22/12/1992
Lebanon22/12/1992
Lesotho22/12/1992
Liberia22/12/1992
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya22/12/1992
Liechtenstein22/12/1992
Lithuania22/12/1992
Luxembourg22/12/1992
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)04/05/1993
Madagascar22/12/1992
Malawi22/12/1992
Malaysia22/12/1992
Maldives22/12/1992
Mali22/12/1992
Malta22/12/1992
Marshall Islands22/02/1996
Mauritania22/12/1992
Mauritius22/12/1992
Mexico22/12/1992
Micronesia (Federated States of)18/03/1993
Moldova22/12/1992
Monaco22/12/1992
Mongolia22/12/1992
Montenegro21/06/2006
Morocco22/12/1992
Mozambique22/12/1992
Myanmar22/12/1992
Namibia22/12/1992
Nauru22/12/1992
Nepal22/12/1992
Netherlands22/12/1992
New Zealand22/12/1992
Nicaragua22/12/1992
Niger22/12/1992
Nigeria22/12/1992
Norway22/12/1992
Oman22/12/1992
Pakistan22/12/1992
Panama22/12/1992
Papua New Guinea22/12/1992
Paraguay22/12/1992
Peru22/12/1992
Philippines22/12/1992
Poland22/12/1992
Portugal22/12/1992
Qatar22/12/1992
Republic of Korea22/12/1992
Romania22/12/1992
Russian Federation22/12/1992
Rwanda22/12/1992
Saint Kitts and Nevis15/03/2006
Saint Lucia04/09/1997
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines22/12/1992
Samoa22/12/1992
San Marino22/12/1992
Sao Tome and Principe22/12/1992
Saudi Arabia22/12/1992
Senegal22/12/1992
Serbia01/06/2001
Seychelles17/09/1999
Sierra Leone22/12/1992
Singapore22/12/1992
Slovakia23/02/1993
Slovenia22/12/1992
Solomon Islands22/12/1992
Somalia22/12/1992
South Africa22/12/1992
South Sudan03/10/2011
Spain22/12/1992
Sri Lanka22/12/1992
Sudan22/12/1992
Suriname22/12/1992
Swaziland22/12/1992
Sweden22/12/1992
Switzerland22/12/1992
Syrian Arab Republic22/12/1992
Tajikistan28/04/1994
Thailand22/12/1992
Timor-Leste24/08/2010
Togo22/12/1992
Tonga22/12/1992
Trinidad and Tobago22/12/1992
Tunisia22/12/1992
Turkey22/12/1992
Turkmenistan07/05/1993
Tuvalu15/08/1996
Uganda22/12/1992
Ukraine22/12/1992
United Arab Emirates22/12/1992
United Kingdom22/12/1992
United Republic of Tanzania22/12/1992
United States of America22/12/1992
Uruguay22/12/1992
Uzbekistan22/12/1992
Vanuatu22/12/1992
Venezuela22/12/1992
Viet Nam22/12/1992
Yemen22/12/1992
Zambia22/12/1992
Zimbabwe22/12/1992
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
1992175
19939
19942
19963
19971
19991
20011
20062
20101
20111
Total196
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