International Telecommunications Satellite Organization
Signed, but not yet ratified
|Purpose||Access to high-quality and reliable public telecommunications services on global and non-discriminatory basis|
|Headquarters||Washington D.C., USA|
|Patrick Masambu (Secretary-General), Jose Toscano (Director-General & CEO)|
It incorporates the principle set forth in Resolution 1721 (XVI) of United Nations General Assembly, which expresses "All nations should have access to satellite communications".
As of June 2013, there are 149 states that are members of ITSO. States join ITSO by ratifying a multilateral treaty known as the Agreement relating to the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization. Bulgaria ratified the treaty in 1996 but denounced it and withdrew from the organization in 2012.
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