ITU Events 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.

Click on events for additional details, including links.

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.

For more information on the ITU, visit GPD's ITU Info Hub.

27-28 Oct 2018
Dubai, UAE

Regional Preparatory Meeting - Arab States

At the regional Preparatory Meetings, ITU member states in different regions coordinate and plan for the Plenipotentiary Conference.

27-30 Nov 2018
Hilversum, the Netherlands

Regional Preparatory Meeting - Europe

At the regional Conference Preparatory Meetings, ITU member states in different regions coordinate and plan for the World Radiocommunications Conference.

11-13 Dec 2018
Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic

Regional Preparatory Meeting - Americas

At the regional Preparatory Meetings, ITU member states in different regions coordinate and plan for the Plenipotentiary Conference.

3-13 Dec 2018
Wuxi, China

Study Group 20 - IoT and Smart Cities

ITU-T Study Group 20 has a mandate to examine the Internet of things (IoT) and its applications, smart cities and communities, including its e‑services and smart services, and IoT identification.

8-12 Apr 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

WSIS Forum 2019

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum is an annual event, co-ordinated by the ITU and others, facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.

1 May 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

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.
1 May 2019
Geneva, Switzerland

Study Group 1

ITU-D Study Group 1 has a mandate to look at:

  • National telecommunication/ICT policy, regulatory, technical and strategy development which best enables countries 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.
1 Oct-31 Dec 2020

World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2020

At the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, ITU member states set out the ITU-T’s work for the next four years.