The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. Every time you make a phone call via the mobile, access the Internet or send an email, you are benefitting from the work of ITU.
ITU is committed to connecting all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through its work, ITU protects and supports everyone’s right to communicate. In line with its mandate and the WSIS outcome documents, ITU continues playing a key role in WSIS implementation and follow-up.
ITU also develops Green ICT Standards to create, enable and ensure regulation for Green ICTs. In addition, ITU helps countries mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and to develop policies on e-waste.