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| head = Houlin Zhao
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| established = 17 May 1865
| headquarters = Geneva, Switzerland
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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU; ), originally the International Telegraph Union (), is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies.〔(International Telecommunication Union )〕
The ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, and assists in the development and coordination of worldwide technical standards. The ITU is active in areas including broadband Internet, latest-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology, convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice, TV broadcasting, and next-generation networks.
ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU TELECOM WORLD, bringing together representatives of government and the telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology.
ITU, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group.〔(【引用サイトリンク】title=UNDG Members )〕 ITU has been an intergovernmental public-private partnership organization since its inception. Its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 public and private sector companies as well as international and regional telecommunication entities, known as Sector Members and Associates, which undertake most of the work of each Sector.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.itu.int/net/about/index.aspx )〕
ITU was formed in 1865 at the International Telegraph Convention; this makes it one of the oldest intergovernmental organization in the world.〔 ITU became a United Nations specialized agency in 1947.
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