Amendments to the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992)Senate Consideration of Treaty Document 110-16
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[Senate Treaty Document 110-16] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] 110th Congress 2d Session SENATE Treaty Doc. 110-16 _______________________________________________________________________ AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND CONVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (GENEVA, 1992) __________ MESSAGE from THEPRESIDENTOFTHEUNITEDSTATES transmitting AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND CONVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION (GENEVA, 1992), AS AMENDED BY THE PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (KYOTO, 1994) AND THE PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (MARRAKESH, 2002), TOGETHER WITH THE DECLARATIONS AND RESERVATIONS BY THE UNITED STATES, ALL AS CONTAINED IN THE FINAL ACTS OF THE PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE (ANTALYA, 2006) April 8, 2008.--Treaty was read the first time, and together with the accompanying papers, referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and order to be printed for the use of the Senate LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL ---------- The White House, April 8, 2008. To the Senate of the United States: With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the amendments to the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992), as amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) and the Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002), together with the declarations and reservations by the United States, all as contained in the Final Acts of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006). I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State concerning the amendments. The Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006) adopted amendments that, among other things: clarify the functions of certain International Telecommunication Union (ITU) officials and bodies; reduce the frequency of certain ITU conferences; clarify eligibility for re-election to certain ITU positions; enhance oversight of the ITU budget and provide for results- based (as well as cost-based) budget proposals; expand the scale of available contribution levels for Member States and Sector Members; and, clarify the definition of and role of observers participating in ITU proceedings. Consistent with longstanding practice in the ITU, the United States, in signing the 2006 amendments, made certain declarations and reservations. Subject to those declarations and reservations, I believe the United States should ratify the 2006 amendments to the International Telecommunication Union Constitution and Convention. These amendments will contribute to the ITU's ability to adapt to changes in the global telecommunications sector and, in so doing, serve the needs of the United States Government and United States industry. It is my hope that the Senate will take early action on this matter and give its advice and consent to ratification. George W. Bush. LETTER OF SUBMITTAL ---------- Department of State, Washington, May 29, 2007. The President, The White House. The President: I have the honor to submit to you, with a view to their transmission to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification, amendments to the Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992), as amended by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994), the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998), and the Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002). The United States signed these amendments to the Constitution and Convention on November 24, 2006, at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey. I also have the honor to submit to you certain U.S. declarations and reservations made upon signature of these amendments that also require Senate advice and consent. The Department of State and the other agencies involved recommend that these declarations and reservations be confirmed in the U.S. instrument of ratificatiun of the amendments. The Department of State and the other interested agencies are of the view that no additional reservations are required. These amendments will not require implementing U.S. legislation. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Federal Communications Commission, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration concur in my recommendation that the amendments, with the U.S. declarations and reservations discussed above, be submitted to the Senate for its consideration and advice and consent to ratification. Respectfully submitted, Condoleezza Rice. Enclosure: Overview of the amendments.