Pre-meeting report: ITU Council 2019

Our small team at Nissaba is proud to release, just in time for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council 2019 meeting in Geneva that starts next week, a pre-meeting report summarising the main issues that will be up for discussion amongst ITU Member States.

Why are we doing this?

While the large ITU events, such as the Plenipotentiary Conference and the World Telecommunication Development Conference get all the headlines, it’s the less reported events such as ITU Council and Study Group meetings where most of the real work happens. What happens at Council, Council Working Group and Study Group meetings eventually moves up the chain of discussion and consensus-making until it eventually reaches the Plenipotentiary for consideration of all ITU Member States. If you want to influence discussions, or just understand what is likely to come up in the larger events down the track, you need to be aware of what meetings like the ITU Council 2019, are discussing, debating and making decisions on.

The pre-meeting report below should be useful not only to government representatives who have ITU as part of a large portfolio, but also to non-government stakeholders who want to learn more about how ITU Member States plan to put the big decisions made at Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 into action.

NEW: Updated version 1.1, dated 11 June 2019 referring to documents and issues posted to the ITU Council 2019 website since June 6, now available! It is also available from the linked image below. Additions are signposted in red text.

Original version, from 6 June, still available here.

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