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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)

IEC SMB/ISO TMB/ITU-T TSAG Standardization Programme Coordination Group (SPCG)

The IEC SMB/ISO TMB/ITU-T TSAG Standardization Programme Coordination Group (SPCG) was established in 2018 by ISO TMB, IEC SMB, and ITU-T TSAG, and conducts strategic coordination of future standardization work, coordination of existing standardization work, short-term related tasks identified by the SPCG and approved by the technical boards of IEC, ISO and ITU-T. The approved SPCG terms of reference are here​.​​​

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 betwe​en The GCC Standardization Organization ("GSO") and the International Telecommunication Union ("ITU"​)
​18 September 2019: the Cooperation Agreement with GSO and ITU has the mandate to establish a high-level, non-exclusive framework for the cooperation between the two organization and to promote the use of ITU Standards taking into account the requirements of the countries members of GSO and to support long term sustainable economic development.​​ 

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.

FIGI resources for strong au​thenticatio​n

This is a compendium of resources for developers, provided under the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) to help foster the adoption of strong password-less authentication for user login and transaction confirmation especially for digital financial services. The resources mainly focus on demonstrating how easy and fast it is, to eliminate the use of passwords with Recommendation ITU-T X.1277 that describes Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Universal Authentication Framework (UAF).