The Plenipotentiary Conference (PP) is the highest body of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). It meets every four years.

It is up to the PP to set ITU policy and strategy, and its budget. The work of the conference is based both on the reports submitted to it by the Council (which manages the Union in the inter-conference period) and on the proposals submitted by ITU Member States.

It is also incumbent upon the Conference to elect the Council, which manages the organization within the PP, the so-called eligible posts, i.e. the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, the Directors of the Departments of the three Sectors of the Union (Telecommunication Standardization - ITU-T, Radiocommunications - ITU-R and Telecommunication Development - ITU-D) and the members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB).

Dubai (United Arab Emirates) is hosting the twentieth session of the Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) from 29 October to 16 November 2018.

In addition to the electoral process, PP-18 will discuss the strategy, financing and management of the organization for the next four years, in the context of the financial constraints that most member countries are facing in the wake of the global economic crisis.

Furthermore, topics such as cybersecurity, Internet governance, the relevance of information and communication technologies to sustainable development, the Internet of Things and the 5th generation of mobile communications will be particularly salient.


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