ITU Events Calendar Calendar
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is an important forum for human rights defenders to engage in. It’s also a complex forum to navigate, and keeping track of what’s going on can be difficult. Our calendar seeks to make it as simple as possible, sifting through the noise to highlight the events and meetings which really matter for human rights defenders.
The calendar covers events across the entire ITU and its sectors:
- ITU Council and Other: This includes major events like the Plenipotentiary Conference and the WSIS Forum, as well as meetings of the ITU Council and its Working Groups.
- ITU-D: Development Sector.
- ITU-R: Radiocommunications Sector.
- ITU:T: Telecommunications Sector.
Interested in specific issues? Use the filters at the top to narrow down the calendar. Big events (like the Plenipot) are highlighted with a thicker border.
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NB: The calendar includes ITU events most relevant to human rights defenders. This includes the major conferences and the regional preparatory meetings, the Council Working Groups, and many, but not all, of the Study Groups within the three Sectors. A full calendar of ITU events can be found on the ITU’s website.
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Study Group 1
ITU-D Study Group 1 has a mandate to look at: – Nnational telecommunication/ICT policy, regulatory, technical and strategy development which best enables states to benefit from the impetus of telecommunications/ICTs, including broadband, cloud computing and consumer protection, as an engine for sustainable growth; – Economic policies and methods of determining costs of services related to national telecommunications/ICTs; – Access to telecommunications/ICTs for rural and remote areas; – Access to telecommunications/ICTs services by persons with disabilities and specific needs; – The needs of developing countries in spectrum management, including the ongoing transition from analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and the use of the digital dividend, in addition to any future digital switchover.
Study Group 2
ITU-D Study Group 2 has a mandate to look at: – Services and applications supported by telecommunications/ICTs; – Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs; – The use of telecommunications/ICTs in mitigating the impact of climate change on developing countries, and for natural disaster preparedness, mitigation and relief, as well as conformance and interoperability testing; – Human exposure to electromagnetic fields and safe disposal of electronic waste; – The implementation of telecommunications/ICTs, taking into account the results of the studies carried out by ITU T and ITU-R, and the priorities of developing countries.
Study Group 13 – Future Networks
ITU-T Study Group 13 has a wide-ranging mandate to examine issues relating to converged future networks, specifically focusing on IMT-2020 non-radio related parts, cloud-computing technologies, big data, virtualisation, resource management, reliability and security aspects of the considered network architectures.
Study Group 11 – Protocols and Test Specifications
ITU-T Study Group 11 has a mandate to examine ‘signalling’ and setting standards that define how telephone calls and other calls (such as data calls) are handled in the network. Study Group 11 also looks at combating counterfeiting of ICT devices and combating the use of stolen ICT devices.
Study Group 3 – Economic and Policy Issues
ITU-T Study Group 3 has a mandate to examine international telecommunication/ICT policy and economic issues and tariff and accounting matters (including costing principles and methodologies), with a view to informing the development of enabling regulatory models and frameworks. Study Group 3 is also tasked with the study of the economic and regulatory impact of the Internet, convergence (services or infrastructure) and new services, such as over-the-top content, on international telecommunication services and networks.