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External Cooperation

World Standards Cooperation (WSC)

The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of ITU, ISO, and IEC.

Technical coordination mechanism among IEC, ISO and ITU-T/ITU-R (including ISO/IEC JTC1)

Global Standards Collaboration (GSC)

GSC is an unincorporated voluntary organization dedicated to enhancing global cooperation and collaboration regarding communications standards and the related standards development environment.

Collaboration on ITS Communication Standards (CITS)

The intent of the Collaboration is to provide a globally recognized forum for the creation of an internationally accepted, globally harmonized set of ITS communication standards of the highest quality in the most expeditious manner possible to enable the rapid deployment of fully interoperable ITS communication-related products and services in the global marketplace.


As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, ITU was proud to have played the leading role in the organization of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Recognized SDOs under Recs. A.4, A.5 and A.6

ITU-T's external cooperation is guided by three ITU-T Recommendations: ITU-T A.4: procedures for communicating with forums and consortia, ITU-T A.5: making reference to documents from other organizations, ITU-T A.6: cooperation and exchange of information with national and regional SDOs.

Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Agreements

Cooperation Agreement between The European Committee for Standardization (“CEN”), The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (“CENELEC”) And The International Telecommunication Union (“ITU”)
29 March 2017: the Cooperation Agreement with the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and ITU has the intent to cooperate within a high-level, non-exclusive framework in areas of mutual interest such as in standardization activities on IoT and smart sustainable cities, on trust, on privacy-by-design in technical standards, on cybersecurity, and on mobility and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) communication standards. ​

Cooperation between ITU-T and Academia

This cooperation is intended to raise the profile of academic institutions and promote the advancement of ICT innovations through worldwide recognition and adoption of global standards.

Telecommunications for Disaster Relief and Mitigation - Partnership Co-ordination Panel (PCP-TDR)

The PCP-TDR should ensure that key players are involved in defining and meeting the requirements for telecommunications for disaster relief, here included early warning. Participation is open to international telecommunication service providers, related government departments, standards development organizations, disaster relief organizations, and other entities working in the field. ​

Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) Symposium​

The FIGI Symposium will be held on an annual basis over the next three years (2017-2020) in order to provide a forum for dialogue regulators from telecom and financial services, DFS providers and all concerned stakeholders to share their experience and views on the main challenges to be addressed for scaling up DFS.