The IARU was admitted to the work of the CCIR, the forerunner to today’s ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU‑R) [external link], in 1932 and has been contributing to the work of the ITU ever since. As a Sector Member the IARU participates fully in the relevant ITU‑R Study Groups and Working Parties.
The IARU is allowed to attend World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) and Plenipotentiary Conferences, but only the telecommunications administrations of ITU Member States can make proposals and vote.
The next WRC is expected to be held in 2023 and so is known as WRC-23. The IARU Administrative Council has adopted preliminary positions on the several WRC-23 agenda items that may affect the amateur and amateur-satellite services.
The IARU is also a Sector Member of the ITU Development Sector (ITU‑D) [external link] and participates actively in Study Group 2 on issues related to disaster communications and human resource development.