The 2016 session of the ITU Council



The 2016 session of the ITU Council took place at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, between 25 May and 2 June 2016.

Turkey participated to the Council meeting with a high-level delegation from BTK.


In the 2016 Session of ITU Council;

• Operational Plans of three sectors of ITU were approved,
• The work carried out by ITU concerning the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of UN were discussed,
• The theme of 'Big Data for Big Impact' for 2017 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was approved.
• Within the free access policy framework of the ITU, the open Access to the outcomes of WTSA without any restriction was achieved with a consensus,
• Concerning the ITU Headquarters Premises, the secretariat has been instructed to prepare implementation plan and submit to Council 2017.
• An expert group on the periodic review of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) was created,
• Because the Council could not reach consensus on the International Numbering resources, The Council Working Group Financial and Human Resources was instructed to make further study the matter and submit a report to Council 2017. 
• The financial and strategic consequences of the MOU between the ITU and the DONA which is a foundation to provide management, software development and other services for the technical coordination, evolution, application in the public interest around the world of the Digital Object (DO) Architecture, was discussed,
• The date and agenda of World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 was approved and decided to convene WRC 19 in Geneva (Switzerland) from 28 October to 22 November 2019, preceded by the Radiocommunication Assembly from 21 to 25 October 2019,
• The preparations for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) which will take place in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, from 25 October to 3 November 2016 were reviewed,
• The reports of Council Working Groups on the studies about The Interoperability, Conformity Assessment and Internet of Things were discussed,
• Model Host Country Agreement of ITU Telecom was updated based on proposals made by Azerbaijan, the Philippines, Turkey and the United States. 
• ITU’s Role as Supervisory Authority Of The International
Registration System For Space Assets Under The Space Protocol was discussed and regarding the continuation of addressing the matter of ITU becoming Supervisory Authority, Secretary-General or his representative were authorized to continue to participate in the work of the Preparatory Commission and its Working Groups as an observer and the Secretary General was instructed to a draft decision to Council 2017 and PP-18.
• A series of possible improvements for holding the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP), including strengthening regional preparation, improving electoral processes, as well as the promotion of paperless documentation and the revision of interpretation needs were discussed and the secretariat has been instructed to continue consultations with Member States and present its proposals to Council 2017.
• The Scheduling of future conferences, assemblies and meetings of the Union were discussed and the dates of next sessions of Council were accepted as 15-25 May 2017, 18-27 April 2018 and 10-20 June 2019.



Council acts as the Union’s governing body within the framework of responsibilities assigned by the ITU Constitution and Convention in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences.


Its role is to consider broad telecommunication policy issues to ensure that the Union's activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today's dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications environment.


ITU Council also prepares a report on the policy and strategic planning of the ITU and responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Union, coordinating work programmes, approving budgets and controlling finances and expenditure.


The Council also takes all steps to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of the ITU Constitution, the ITU Convention, the Administrative Regulations (International Telecommunications Regulations and Radio Regulations), and the decisions of Plenipotentiary Conferences and; where appropriate, the decisions of other conferences and meetings of the Union.


The Council meetings held an ordinary session annually to fulfill the above tasks. ITU member States elected by the Plenipotentiary Conference have right to participate to Council Meetings. Non-council members can participate to Council meetings as observer. 


Our country has been elected as the member of the Council from Western Europe Region during the Plenipotentiary Conference that took place in 2002 firstly, and this success has been repeated in elections at 2006, 2010 and 2014. 


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