The purpose of the Union as set out in its Constitution and Convention is:
- To promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants
- To promote, at the international level, the adoption of a broader approach to the issues of telecommunication in the global information economy and society, by cooperating with other world and regional organizations and those non-governmental organizations concerned with telecommunications
To carry out its mandate, ITU has a number of key roles, including management of the radio frequency spectrum for wireless services and development of global telecommunication standards, activities which are shaping the communication networks of today and tomorrow. ITU also has a number of programmes that promote the growth of ICTs in emerging economies and developing countries.
ITU’s activities are carried out by three core sectors: The Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D).