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Australia seeks International Telecommunication Union re-election

Australia will stand for re-election to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council next year.

Australia will stand for re-election to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania from 26 September to 14 October 2022.

The ITU is a United Nations specialised agency that brings together governments and industry in support of efficient, interoperable and affordable global telecommunication networks and services.

The ITU gives us a voice in the global discussion of important issues such as satellite registration, spectrum management, interoperability of telecommunications, and the development of enabling infrastructure.

Our re-election campaign will focus on our efforts to build global connectivity, particularly in the Pacific and other developing states, sharing our domestic experience in improving connectivity in remote locations.

We’ve been an active Council member since 1959 and have held leadership positions in the ITU Council's Administration and Management Committee.

As a Council Member, we have actively helped the ITU to strengthen its governance arrangements and enhance the accountability and transparency of its work.

We are a top 10 financial contributor to the ITU. As well as our Member State contribution, we commit over 590,000 Swiss Francs (over 850,000 AUD) annually as an extra budgetary contribution to fund ITU Development sector activities.

We also actively participate in the Asia-Pacific regional preparatory processes for major ITU conferences, including in Chair and Vice Chair capacities in recent years.

Watch our re-election campaign video highlighting our contribution to the Council and the value we’ll bring if re-elected in 2022.

For more information, visit Australia’s candidacy for re-election to the ITU Council web page.