On 4 October 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 began its work.
The Plenipotentiary Conference is the supreme organ of the ITU, responsible for policy development, which is held every four years. The Plenipotentiary Conference determines the strategic direction and priorities of the ITU, makes strategic and financial plans and in light of industry development policy direction and recommendations which will contribute to solving problems in the construction of an open information society in all Member countries of the ITU are determined.
The Conference began discussing a number of important for the future of the Union issues relating the formation of stable fundamental documents of the Union, so that they become strong enough to withstand the test of time. The conference will also discuss and make decisions on other key issues: cybersecurity, a possible review of the International Telecommunication Regulations, management of the Internet, the implementation of WSIS decisions, strategies to negotiating the growing "broadband gap" and others.
The delegations of ten Communications Administrations take part at the Conference from Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC): Republic of Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Uzbekistan and Ukraine.15 RCC Common Proposals were prepared for the Conference.
The Conference identified the following structure for the most efficient organization of work:
Committee 1 (Steering), which coordinates all matters relating to the carrying out and planning of work;
Committee 2 (Credentials);
Committee 3 (Budget Control), its goal is to determine the financial conditions related to the Conference.
Committee 4 (Editorial);
Committee 5 (Policy and Legal matters), which considers reports and proposals relating to the policy of the Union; presents recommendations concerning the General Secretariat and the three Sectors; looking at proposals to amend the Constitution, the Convention, General Regulations and the Optional Protocol;
Committee 6 (Administration and Management), which is competent to review the Strategic Plan and other reports and proposals on the Strategic Plan as well as the examination of relevant reports and proposals for the overall management of the Union, in particular those related to financial and human resources;
The Working Group of the Plenary, which considers reports and proposals, and also provides recommendations on public policy issues, including the internet, and other general matters.
RCC representatives traditionally participates in the governing of the Conference. So, the Vice-chairman of the Conference is the Chairman of the RCC Board, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation I.O. Schegolev. The positions of Chairmeb belongs to:
Committee 2 - Tarlev V. (CA of Republic of Moldova);
Committee 4 - Mironnikov O. (CA of Russian Federation);
Committee 5 - Nalbandian A. (CA of Republic of Armenia);
Committee 6 - Bolozhbekova N. (CA of Kyrgyz Republic);
WG Plenary Session - Faizullaev A. (CA of Republic of Uzbekistan).
The election of the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General and Director of the Bureau were the main result of the first week of the Conference.
As the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General were re-elected Dr. Hamadoun Toure (Mali) and Mr. Houlin Zhao (China).
As the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau was re-elected Mr. Malcolm Johnson (United Kingdom).
As the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau was elected Mr. François Rancy (France). Newly elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau was elected Mr. Brahima Sanou (Burkina Faso).
The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is also expected to elect twelve members of the Radio Regulations Board and to identify countries that will join to the ITU Council (48 countries).
Within the frameworks of the Plenipotentiary Conference the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications is working to strengthening cooperation with other regional organizations. On 5 October 2010 the Signing ceremony of the bilateral Programs of cooperation between the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications, the African Telecommunication Union and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity. The signing of these Programs will help to strengthening cooperation between the RCC and other regional organizations in the field of communications, in particular in preparation for such major international forums such as the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.