1995 (December 29)
Official Gazette No. 42,171., Of December 29, 1995
Through which the "Constitution of the International Telecommunications Union
" approved , the "Convention of the International Telecommunication Union
" the Optional Protocol on the compulsory settlement of disputes relating to the constitution of the International Telecommunication Union, the "Convention of the International Telecommunication Union" and the Administrative Regulations, adopted at Geneva on December 22, 1992 Summary
CONGRESS OF COLOMBIA DECREES
seen the texts of the "Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union", the "Convention of the International Telecommunication Union, and the" Optional Protocol on the compulsory settlement disputes relating to the constitution of the International Telecommunication Union, the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union and the Administrative Regulations "adopted on December 22, 1992.
END oF tHE CONFERENCE oF PLENIPOTENTIARIES ADDITIONAL ACTS
| || Constitution of the International Telecommunication Union PREAMBLE
1 Acknowledging in all its fullness the sovereign right of each State to regulate its telecommunications and taking into account the growing importance of telecommunications for safeguarding peace and economic and social development of all States, the States Parties to the present constitution, the basic instrument of the International Telecommunication Union and the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (hereinafter referred to as the "Convention") which complements it, with the in order to facilitate peaceful relations international cooperation among peoples and economic and social development by means of efficient telecommunication services, they have agreed as follows:
CHAPTER I. BASIC PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 1o. OBJECT OF THE UNION.
2 1. The union shall:
3) To maintain and extend international cooperation between all Members of the Union for the improvement and rational use of telecommunications of all kinds;
4 b) To promote and provide technical assistance to developing countries in the field of telecommunications and likewise promote the mobilization of material and financial resources required for implementation;
5 c) Promote the development of technical facilities and their most efficient operation, in order to increase the performance of telecommunication services, increasing their usefulness and generalize as much as possible use by the public;
6 d) Promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all inhabitants of the planet:
7 e) Promote the use of telecommunications services in order to facilitate peaceful relations;
8 f) to harmonize the efforts of members to achieve these purposes;
9 g) Promote international adoption of a broader telecommunications issues approach, because of the globalization of the economy and information society, by cooperating with other world and regional intergovernmental organizations and interested non-governmental organizations in telecommunications.
10 2. To this end, and in particular the union:
11 a) effect allocation of the frequency bands of the radio spectrum and the allocation of radio frequencies and keep record of frequency assignments and associated orbital position in the geostationary satellites, in order to avoid harmful interference between radio stations of different countries;
12 b) coordinate efforts to eliminate harmful interference between radio stations of different countries and improve the use of radio frequency spectrum and the geostationary satellites for radio services;
13 c) facilitate the worldwide standardization of telecommunications, with a satisfactory quality of service;
14 d) Foster international cooperation in the provision of technical assistance to developing countries and the creation, development and improvement of facilities and telecommunication networks in developing countries by all means its disposal, in particular through its participation in the appropriate programs of the United Nations and the use of their own resources as appropriate;
15 e) likewise coordinate efforts to harmonize the development of telecommunication facilities, notably those using space techniques in order to maximize their potential;
16 f) promote collaboration among members in order to arrive at the establishment of rates at the lowest level compatible with service quality and financial management of healthy and independent telecommunications;
17 g) promote the adoption of measures to ensure the safety of human life, through the cooperation of telecommunication services;
18 h) undertake studies, make regulations, adopt resolutions, formulate recommendations and opinions, and collect and publish information concerning telecommunication;
19 i) promote, with financial institutions and international development, the establishment of preferential and favorable lines of credit for the development of social projects aimed, inter alia, to extend telecommunications services to the most isolated areas of the countries.
. COMPOSITION OF THE UNION.
20 The International Telecommunication Union, under the principle of universality and interest in the universal participation in the Union shall consist of:
21 a) Any State which is a member of the union for being part an international telecommunications agreement prior to the entry into force of this constitution and the Convention;
22 b) Any other Member State of the United Nations accedes to this Constitution and the Convention in accordance with Article 53 of this Constitution;
23 c) Any other State not a Member of the United Nations, which applies for membership of the Union and that, upon approval of its application by two-thirds of the Members of the Union, accedes to the this constitution and the Convention in accordance with Article 53 of this constitution. If such a request is made during the period between two plenipotentiary conferences, the Secretary General shall consult the Members of the Union. It is deemed to have abstained Member has not replied within four months from the date that has been requested.
ARTICLE 3. RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS.
24 1. Members of the Union shall have the rights and be subject to the obligations provided for in this Constitution and the Convention.
25 2. Members of the Union shall, as regards their participation in the conferences, meetings and consultations, the following rights:
26 a) To participate in the conference, to be eligible for advice and nominate candidates for the election of union officials and members of the radio regulations board-communications;
27 b) Each Member, subject to the provisions of the numbers 169 and 210 of this constitution shall be entitled to one vote at plenipotentiary conferences, in global conferences, radiocommunication assemblies, in meetings study groups and if it is part of the council, in its meetings. The regional conferences are only entitled to vote the members of the region concerned;
28 c) Each Member, subject to the provisions of the numbers 169 and 210 of this Constitution shall also be entitled to one vote in all consultations carried out by correspondence. In the case of consultations regarding regional conferences are only entitled to vote the members of the region concerned.
ARTICLE 4. INSTRUMENTS OF THE UNION.
29 1. The instruments of the Union are:
- The present constitution of the International Telecommunication Union.
- Convention of the International Telecommunication Union, and
- Administrative regulations.
30 2. This Constitution, the provisions of which are complemented by the agreement is the fundamental instrument of the Union. Regulation of telecommunications -
31 3. The provisions of this Constitution and the Convention are further complemented by those of the following administrative regulations governing the use of telecommunications and shall be binding on all members international.
- Radio Regulations.
32 4. In case of inconsistency between a provision of this Constitution and a provision of the agreement or administrative regulations prevail. In case of conflict between a provision of the agreement and a provision of an agreement administrative regulation shall prevail.
The 5th ITEM. DEFINITIONS.
Unless the concept otherwise requires:
34 a) The terms used in this Constitution and defined in its Annex, which forms an integral part thereof, shall have the meanings therein are assigns;
35 b) The terms other than those defined in the Annex to this constitution used in the Convention and defined in its Annex, which forms an integral part thereof, shall have the meanings therein assigned to them;
36 c) other terms defined in the Administrative Regulations shall have the meanings assigned in them.
ARTICLE 6o. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE UNION.
37 1. Members are obliged to abide by the provisions of this Constitution, the Convention and Administrative Regulations in all telecommunication offices and stations established or operated by them which engage in international services or which may cause interference harmful to radio services of other countries Except with respect to services not subject to these provisions in accordance with Article 48 of this constitution.
38 2. In addition to the members shall take the necessary measures to enforce the observance of the depositions of the present constitution of the agreement and administrative companies operating agencies authorized by them to establish and operate telecommunications regulations and providing services international or which operate stations capable of causing harmful to radio services of other countries interference.
ARTICLE 7. STRUCTURE OF THE UNION.
39 The Union shall comprise:
40 a) the Plenipotentiary Conference, the supreme organ of the union;
41 b) The council, which acts as president of the conference of plenipotentiaries;
42 c) world conferences on international telecommunications;
43 d) the Radiocommunication Sector, including world and regional radiocommunication conferences, radiocommunication assemblies and the Radio Regulations Board;
44 e) The sector of telecommunications standards, including global conferences telecommunication standardization;
45 f) The sector of telecommunications development, including global and regional telecommunication development conferences;
46 g) The general secretariat.
Article 8. THE CONFERENCE OF PLENIPOTENTIARIES.
47 1. The Plenipotentiary Conference shall be composed of delegations representing the members shall be convened every four years.
48 2. The Plenipotentiary Conference:
49 a) determine general principles to achieve the object of the union stated in Article 1 of this Constitution;
50 b) Having examined the reports of the Council on the activities of the Union since the previous plenipotentiary conference and on the policy and strategic planning recommended for the Union, adopt the decisions it deems appropriate;
51 c) establish the basis for the budget of the Union and, in accordance with decisions taken based on the reports referred in No. 50 above is done, determine the maximum limit of your expenses until the next conference plenipotentiaries after considering all relevant aspects of the activities of the union during that period;
52 d) Give general instructions related to staffing binding and, if necessary, fix the basic salaries and salary scales and the system of allowances and pensions for all the officials of the union;
53 e) Consider and, where appropriate, finally approve the accounts of the Union;
54 f) elect the Members of the Union which are to serve the council;
55 g) elect the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General and the directors of the sector offices as elected officials of the union;
56 h) elect the members of the board of the Radio Regulations; 57
i) Consider and, where appropriate, approve the proposed amendments to this Constitution and the Convention, respectively in accordance with Article 55 of this Constitution and the relevant provisions of the Convention; 58
j) Conclude and, if necessary, revise the agreements between the Union and other international organizations, examine any provisional agreements with such organizations by the council on behalf of the union and decide on them as it deems appropriate;
59 k) deal with telecommunications matters it deems necessary.
Article 9. PRINCIPLES OF ELECTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS.
60 1. In the elections referred to numbers 54-56 of the present constitution, the plenipotentiary conference shall ensure that:
61 a) The council members are chosen taking into account the need equitable distribution of posts among regions of the world;
62 b) The Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, heads of offices and board members of the Radio Regulations are nationals of different members and that, in making their choice, take into account distribution equitable geographical among the various regions of the world; as to the elected officials that the principles embodied in No. 154 of this constitution is also taken into account;
63 c) Members of the Radio Regulations Board are elected individually from among the candidates proposed by Members of the Union; each member may propose a candidate, who must be one of its nationals.
64 2. The Plenipotentiary Conference shall establish the procedure of choice. The agreement contains provisions on vacancies, taking possession and reeligibilidad.
ARTICLE 10. THE COUNCIL.
65 1. (1) The board shall consist of Members of the Union elected by the plenipotentiary conference in accordance with the provisions of No. 61 of this Constitution.
66 (2) Each member of the Council shall appoint a person to act on it, which may be assisted by one or more advisers.
67 2. The Board shall establish its own rules of procedure.
68 3. In the interval between plenipotentiary conferences, the Council shall act, as governing body of the union, as president of the conference of plenipotentiaries, within the limits of the powers delegated to it.
69 4. (1) The council shall take the necessary measures to facilitate the implementation by the members of the provisions of this constitution, the agreement, administrative regulations, decisions of the conference of plenipotentiaries and, where appropriate , decisions of other conferences and meetings of the union.
Perform addition, the tasks assigned by the conference of plenipotentiaries.
70 (2) Consider the great questions of telecommunications policy, following the general guidelines of the plenipotentiary conference, so that the policy and strategy of the union fully responds to the continuing evolution of telecommunications.
71 (3) effectively coordinate the activities of the Union and exercise effective financial control over the General Secretariat and the three sectors.
72 (4) Contribute, in accordance with the purpose of the union, the development of telecommunications in developing countries by all available means, including through the participation of the Union in the appropriate programs of Nations You together.
ARTICLE 11. THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT.
73 1. (1) The General Secretariat shall be headed by a Secretary General assisted by a Deputy Secretary General.
74 (2) The Secretary General, with the assistance of the coordination committee prepares policies and strategic plans of the union and coordinate its activities.
75 (3) The Secretary General will take steps to ensure economic use of the resources of the union and be accountable to the board of all administrative and financial aspects of the activities of the Union.
76 (4) The Secretary General will act as legal representative of the union.
77 2. Deputy Secretary General shall be responsible to the secretary general; He shall assist the Secretary General in the performance of his duties and undertake such specific tasks entrusted to him. He shall perform the functions of the Secretary General in his absence.
ARTICLE 12. FUNCTIONS AND STRUCTURE.
78 1. (1) The radio sector will function as the achievement of the objectives of the Union in radiocommunications set out in Article 1 of this constitution.
- Ensuring equitable, efficient and economical efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum by all radiocommunication services including those using the geostationary satellites subject to the provisions of Article 44 of this Constitution.
- And carrying out studies without limit of frequency range and adopting recommendations on radiocommunication matters.
79 (2) The precise functions of the Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Standardization shall be subject to continuing review, in close cooperation between them on matters of mutual interest, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the agreement. Radio sectors, telecommunication standardization and development of telecommunications maintain close coordination.
80 2. The Radiocommunication Sector shall work through:
81 a) world and regional radiocommunication conferences;
82 b) The board of the Radio Regulations;
83 c) radiocommunication assemblies, associated with world radiocommunication conferences;
84 d) The study commissions;
85 e) the Radiocommunication Bureau headed by a Director of choice.
86 3. shall be members of the Radiocommunication Sector:
87 a) of right, the administrations of the Members of the Union;
88 b) Entities and authorized in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention organizations.
radiocommunication conferences and radiocommunication assembly.
89 1. The world radiocommunication conferences may partially or, in exceptional cases, completely the Radio Regulations and may deal with any question of a worldwide character within its competence and related to its agenda; its other duties are specified in the agreement.
90 2. World radiocommunication conferences shall be convened, normally every two years, however, by application of the relevant provisions of the agreement is not possible to convene a conference of this kind, or an additional conference call.
91 3. Radiocommunication assemblies are normally convened, also every two years and will be coordinated on the date and place with WRCs, in order to improve the efficiency and performance of the radio sector. Radiocommunication assemblies provide the necessary technical bases for the work of the world radiocommunication conferences and shall act upon requests from world radiocommunication conferences. The functions of the radiocommunication assemblies are specified in the agreement.
92 4. Decisions of world radiocommunication conferences, radiocommunication assemblies and regional radiocommunication conferences shall conform in all cases to this Constitution and the Convention. Decisions of radiocommunication assemblies or regional radiocommunication conferences will also be adjusted in all cases to the Radio Regulations. By adopting resolutions and decisions conferences shall take into account the foreseeable financial implications and should avoid adopting resolutions and decisions which could include exceeding the credit ceilings set by the conference of plenipotentiaries.
ARTICLE 14. THE BOARD OF THE RADIO REGULATIONS.
93 1. The Radio Regulations Board shall consist of perfectly trained in the field of radio and practical experience assignment and use of frequencies elected members. Each member must know the geographic, economic and demographic characteristics of a particular area of the world. The board members perform their duties in the service of the Union independently and on a non-exclusive dedication.
94 2. The functions of the board of the Radio Regulations shall be:
95 a) The adoption of rules of procedure, which include technical criteria, in accordance with the Radio Regulations and the decisions of radio conferences competent. The director and the Office will use these rules of procedure in the application of the Radio Regulations for the registration of frequency assignments made by members. Administrations may comment on such rules and, in case of continuing disagreement, the matter shall be submitted to a forthcoming world radiocommunication conference;
96 b) Consideration of any other matter that can not be resolved by application of these rules of procedure;
97 c) Compliance with any additional duties relating to the allocation and use of frequencies as indicated in No. 78 of this Constitution, in accordance with the procedures provided for in the Radio Regulations, prescribed by a conference competent or the council with the consent of the majority of Members of the Union, for the preparation of such conferences or in compliance with the decisions of the same.
98 3. (1) In the performance of their duties, board members of the Radio Regulations will not act on behalf of their respective Member States nor a region, but as custodians of an international public faith, particular, board members shall refrain from intervening in decisions directly relating to their own administration.
99 (2) In the exercise of their duties, board members shall not seek or receive instructions from any government, any government official or any organization or public or private person. They are likewise refrain from any action or participation in any decision that is incompatible with their status defined in No. 98 above.
100 (3) shall respect the exclusively international character of the responsibilities of board members and refrain from attempting to influence them in the exercise thereof.
101 4. The working methods of the Radio Regulations Board are defined in the agreement.
ARTICLE 15. THE STUDY OF RADIO.
102 The functions of the radio study commissions specified in the agreement.
ARTICLE 16 Radiocommunication Bureau.
103 The functions of the office manager radio specified in the agreement.
THE FIELD OF TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION
ARTICLE 17. FUNCTIONS AND STRUCTURE.
104 1. (1) The sector of telecommunication standardization functions will be achieving the objectives of the Union's telecommunications standardization referred to in Article 1 of this constitution, studying all the technical issues , operating and tariff questions relating to telecommunications and adopting recommendations on standardization for telecommunications worldwide.
105 (2) The precise functions of the sectors of telecommunications and standardization of radio will be subject to continuing review, in close cooperation between them on matters of mutual interest, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the agreement. Close coordination between the sectors of radio, telecommunication standardization and development of telecommunications be established.
106 2. The sector telecommunication standardization shall work through:
107 a) world conferences telecommunication standardization;
108 b) study groups of telecommunication standardization;
109 c) office telecommunication standardization, led by a director of choice.
110 3. standardization shall be members of the telecommunications sector:
111 a) of right, the administrations of the Members of the Union;
112 b) Entities and authorized in accordance with the applicable provisions of the agreement organizations.
ARTICLE 18. CONFERENCE WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION.
113 1. The functions of the global conferences of telecommunications standards specified in the agreement.
114 2. Global conferences telecommunication standardization are held every four years, however, an additional conference in accordance with the relevant provisions of the agreement may be concluded.
115 3. Decisions of world conferences telecommunication standardization must comply in all cases to this constitution, the Convention and administrative regulations. By adopting resolutions and decisions, the conferences shall take into account the foreseeable financial implications and should avoid adopting that may bring in excess of the credit ceilings set by the conference of plenipotentiaries.
ARTICLE 19. THE STUDY OF TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION.
116 functions study commissions telecommunication standardization specified in the agreement.
ARTICLE 20. OFFICE OF TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION.
117 The functions of the director of the office telecommunication standardization specified in the agreement.
THE SECTOR OF TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT
ARTICLE 21. FUNCTIONS AND STRUCTURE.
118. 1. (1) The functions of the development of the telecommunications sector be to fulfill the purposes of the Union set out in Article 1 of this Constitution and to discharge, within its specific sphere of competence, the dual role of the union as a specialized agency of the United Nations and executing agency for implementing development projects of the United Nations and other funding initiatives in order to facilitate and enhance telecommunications development by offering, organizing and coordinating cooperation activities and technical assistance .
119 (2) The activities of development sectors, radio and telecommunication standardization will be the subject of close cooperation on issues related to development in accordance with the relevant provisions of this constitution.
120 2. In this context, the development sector of telecommunications have the following functions:
121 a) Create a greater awareness in decision makers about the important role of telecommunications in the national programs economic and social development and provide information and advice on possible policy and structural options;
122 b) Promote the development, expansion and operation of telecommunication networks and services, particularly in developing countries, taking into account the activities of other relevant bodies and strengthening the capacities of revaluation of human resources, planning, management and resource mobilization and research and development;
123 c) enhance the growth of telecommunications through cooperation with regional telecommunications organizations and with global and regional development financing institutions, following the evolution of the projects included in its development program to ensure their proper execution;
124 d) Activate the mobilization of resources to provide assistance in the field of telecommunications to developing countries by promoting the establishment of preferential and favorable lines of credit, and cooperating with financial organizations and international and regional development; 125
e) To promote and coordinate programs to accelerate the transfer of appropriate technologies to developing countries considering the developments and changes that occur in the networks of the most advanced countries technologies; 126
f) To encourage industry participation in the development of telecommunications in developing countries and offer advice on the choice and transfer of appropriate technology;
127 g) Provide advice and conduct or sponsor, if applicable, the necessary studies on technical, economic, financial, managerial, regulatory and policy issues, including studies of specific projects in the field of telecommunications;
128 h) Collaborate with other sectors, the general secretariat and other bodies concerned with the preparation of a general plan for international and regional networks of telecommunications, in order to facilitate the coordinated development of a director of choice; them to provide telecommunications services; 129
i) Pay particular attention to the performance of the functions described to the needs of the least developed countries.
130 3. The sector of telecommunications development shall work through:
131 a) world and regional development conferences telecommunications;
132 b) study groups of telecommunications development;
133 c) Office of Telecommunications Development, headed by a director of choice.
134 4. shall be members of development of the telecommunications sector:
135 a) of right, the administrations of the Members of the Union;
136 b) Entities and authorized in accordance with the applicable provisions of the agreement organizations.
ARTICLE 22. CONFERENCE OF TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT.
137 1. conferences telecommunications development will serve as a forum for discussion and consideration of topics, projects and related telecommunications development programs; them guidance to the Office of Telecommunication Development will be given.
138 2. Conferences telecommunications development include:
139 a) world conferences telecommunications development;
140 b) Regional development conferences telecommunications.
141 3. Between two plenipotentiary conference will be a global telecommunications development and subject to resources and priorities, regional development conferences telecommunications.
142 4. At conferences of telecommunications development not produce Final Acts. Its conclusions take the form of resolutions, decisions, recommendations or reports and in all cases shall conform to this Constitution, the Convention and administrative regulations. By adopting resolutions and decisions, the conferences shall take into account the foreseeable financial implications and should avoid adopting that may bring in excess of the maximum limits of the appropriations set by the conference of plenipotentiaries.
143 5. The functions of the conferences of telecommunications development specified in the agreement.
ARTICLE 23. THE STUDY OF TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT.
144 functions commissions study of telecommunications development specified in the agreement.
ARTICLE 24. THE OFFICE OF TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT.
145 The functions of the office manager of telecommunications development specified in the agreement.
CHAPTER V. OTHER PROVISIONS ON THE OPERATION OF THE UNION
ARTICLE 25 GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
146 1. The global conferences on international telecommunications may partially, or in exceptional cases entirely rethink the rules of international telecommunications and deal with any question of a worldwide character within its competence and related to its agenda.
147 2. Decisions of world conferences on international telecommunications shall comply in all cases to this Constitution and the Convention. By adopting resolutions and decisions, the conferences shall take into account the foreseeable financial implications and should avoid adopting that may bring in excess of the maximum limits of the appropriations set by the conference of plenipotentiaries.
ARTICLE 26. The Coordination Committee.
148 1. The coordination committee shall consist of the Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and the directors of the three offices. Its president is the secretary general and, in his absence, the Deputy Secretary General.
149 2. The coordination committee, which will act as an internal management team, advise and assist the Secretary General in all administrative, financial and technical cooperation and information systems that are not within the exclusive jurisdiction of issues a sector or the general secretariat as well as with regard to external relations and public information. In its deliberations the coordination committee shall comply fully with the provisions of this Constitution and the Convention, decisions of the council and the interests of the union.
YPERSONAL ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE UNION.
150 1. (1) In the performance of their duties the elected officials and union staff shall not seek or accept instructions from any government or any authority outside the Union. They are likewise refrain from any action incompatible with their status as international officials.
151 (2) Each member shall respect the exclusively international character of the duties of the elected officials and union staff, and refrain from attempting to influence them in the performance of their duties.
Outside the performance of their duties, elected officials and union staff will not participate or have any financial interest of any kind in any telecommunications company. In the term "financial interest" does not include the continued payment of charges related to the establishment of a retirement pension derived from employment or other services.
153 (4) In order to ensure the effective functioning of the union, every member, whose national has been elected secretary general, deputy secretary-general or director of a Bureau shall refrain, as far as possible , to remove it between two plenipotentiary conferences.
154 2. The paramount consideration in the recruitment of staff and determining conditions of employment will be the need to ensure the union people services increased efficiency, competence and integrity. It is given due importance to the recruitment of staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.
ARTICLE 28 FINANCES OF THE UNION.
155 1. The expenses of the Union comprise the costs of:
156 a) The Council;
157 b) The general secretariat and the sectors of the union;
158 c) Plenipotentiary Conferences and world conferences on international telecommunications.
159 2. The expenses of the Union shall be covered by contributions from members and entities authorized to participate in the activities of the union in accordance with the relevant provisions of the agreement, in proportion to the number of units corresponding organizations the class of contribution chosen by each member, and each entity or organization authorized, as set out in the relevant provisions of the Convention.
160 3. (1) Members freely choose their class who wish to contribute to the payment of the expenses of the Union.
161 (2) This choice is made within six months from the closing date of the plenipotentiary conference, in accordance with the scale of classes of contribution contained in the agreement.
162 (3) If the plenipotentiary conference approves an amendment to the scale of classes of contribution contained in the Convention, the Secretary General shall notify each member the date of entry into force of the amendment. Within six months from the date of this communication, each Member shall notify the Secretary General class of contribution it has chosen in the new scale.
163 (4) The class of contribution chosen by each Member State in accordance with the numbers 161 or 162 above shall apply from 1 January following the course of a period of one year from the expiration of six months referred to in numbers 161 or 162 above.
164 4. Members who have not made known their decision within the time limit under numbers 161 and 162 above shall retain the class of contribution previously chosen.
165 5. The class of contribution chosen by a Member can only be reduced in accordance with the numbers 161, 162 and 163 above. However, in exceptional circumstances such as natural catástofres requiring the release of international aid programs, the council may approve a reduction of the tax class when a member requests, show that it can no longer maintain its contribution in class originally chosen.
166 6. Likewise, Members may with the approval of the board, choose a lower class of contribution they have chosen previously accordance with No. 161 above. If your relative positions of contribution from the date set in the number 163 above for a new period of contribution, substantially more unfavorable than his last previous positions.
167 7. Expenses incurred by the regional conferences that the number 43 of this Constitution shall be borne by the members of the region concerned, in accordance with their class and concerns, if any, on the same basis by members of other regions participating in such conferences.
168 8. Members, entities and organizations referred to in No. 159 above shall pay in advance their annual contribution, calculated on the basis of the biennial budget approved by the council and the council adjustments can enter.
169 9. Members in arrears to the Union lose the right to vote provisions of numbers 27 and 28 of this constitution when the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds that of their contributions to the two previous years.
170 10. The agreement contains specific provisions on financial contributions by entities and organizations referred to in No. 159 above and other international organizations.
ARTICLE 29. LANGUAGES.
171 1. (1) The official languages of the work of the Union are: Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, English and Russian.
172 (2) These languages are used in accordance with the relevant decisions of the conference of plenipotentiaries to the writing and publication of the documents and texts of the Union, in versions equivalent in form and content, and for reciprocal interpretation during conferences and meetings of the Union.
173 (3) In case of disagreement or dispute, the French text shall prevail.
174 2. When all participants in a conference or meeting so agree, you can use a smaller number of languages mentioned above in the discussion.
ARTICLE 30. HEADQUARTERS OF THE UNION.
The union will be based in Geneva.
ARTICLE 31. LEGAL CAPACITY OF THE UNION.
176 The Union shall enjoy in the territory of each of its members, the legal capacity necessary for the exercise of its functions and the fulfillment of its purposes.
ARTICLE 32. RULES OF PROCEDURE OF CONFERENCES AND OTHER MEETINGS.
177 1. For the organization of their work and in their debates, conferences and meetings of the Union apply the rules contained in the agreement.
178 2. Conferences and the Council may adopt such rules they deem necessary to complete the internal rules. However, such rules must be compatible with the provisions of this Constitution and the Convention; those adopted by conferences shall be published as documents of the same.
GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS
ARTICLE 33. PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO USE THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE.
179 Members recognize the public the right to communicate through the international service of public correspondence. Services, rates and guarantees will be the same in each category of correspondence for all users without any priority or preference.
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ARTICLE 35. SUSPENSION OF SERVICE.
182 Members reserve the right to suspend the international telecommunication service either generally or only for certain relations and for certain kinds of correspondence, outgoing, incoming or in transit, with the obligation to notify immediately, through the Secretary overall, the other members.
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ARTICLE 37. SECRECY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
184 1. Members agree to take all measures to allow the telecommunication system used to ensure the secrecy of international correspondence.
185 2. However, reserves the right to communicate such correspondence to the competent authorities in order to ensure the implementation of its national legislation, or the implementation of international conventions to which they are party.
ARTICLE 38. ESTABLISHMENT, EXPLOITATION AND PROTECTION OF TELECOMMUNICATION CHANNELS AND FACILITIES.
186 1. Members shall take appropriate measures for the establishment, under the best technical conditions and channels necessary for rapid and uninterrupted exchange of international telecommunications.
187 2. Where possible, these channels and installations must be operated in accordance with the best methods and practice-based exploitation and kept in good working order and at the height of scientific and technical progress.
188 3. Members shall safeguard these channels and installations within their respective jurisdictions.
Special agreements 189 4. Unless other conditions are laid, each Member shall take steps to maintain the sections of international telecommunication circuits within its control.
Article 39 Notification of Infringements.
190 In order to facilitate the implementation of Article 6 of this Constitution, Members undertake to inform one another of infringements of the provisions of this Constitution, the Convention and administrative regulations.
ARTICLE 40. PRIORITY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING SAFETY OF LIFE.
191 International telecommunication services must give absolute priority to all telecommunications concerning safety of life at sea, on land, in the air and in outer space, as well as to epidemiological telecommunications of exceptional urgency the World Health Organization.
ARTICLE 41. PRIORITY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS OF STATE.
192 Subject to the provisions of Articles 40 and 46 of this constitution, the state telecommunications (see Annex to this Constitution, No. 1014) will have priority over other telecommunications to the extent possible and at the request expresses the person concerned.
ARTICLE 42. SPECIAL AGREEMENTS.
193 Members reserve for themselves, for recognized by them and for other agencies duly authorized to that effect operating companies, the right to make special agreements on telecommunication matters which do not concern the general membership. However, such agreements may not conflict with the provisions of this Constitution, the Convention or administrative regulations in what concerns the harmful interference which their operation might cause to the radio services of other members and, general, as regards the technical harm which their operation might cause to the operation of other telecommunication services of other members.