OFCOM's activities in international organisations


The CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations) is the European regional organisation which deals with postal and telecommunications issues. Its objective is to stimulate cooperation between its members in order to contribute to the establishment of a dynamic market in the European postal and electronic communications sector.

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe was created in London not long after the 2nd World War (on 5 May 1949) by 10 European states. It was incorporated with the "Statute of London". Today, the Council has 47 member states and Switzerland has been one since 6 May 1963. The membership of states has followed the political development of Europe.


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is the only international organisation to regulate the commercial relations of States at the global level. It constitutes the legal and institutional keystone of the multilateral trade system.


The United Nations Organisation was founded on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries determined to preserve peace through international co-operation and collective security. Today the UNO has 193 Member States, i.e. virtually all the nations of the world. The organisation has a unique universality with regard to the subjects which it tackles, its members, its involvement in decision-making processes, its role in the drafting of international norms and standards and its international influence.
Switzerland joined the Organisation on 10 September 2002.


TV5 MONDE, the first French-language international television channel, is a joint venture between the French, Quebecois, Belgian and Swiss public television services of these countries.


The European Union (EU) is an international organisation whose origins date back to the beginning of 1950. It now comprises 27 European member states, which are committed to loyal cooperation and mutual support.


The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is a specialised agency of the UNO and a major player in the evolution of telecommunication and information technologies throughout the world. In addition to its traditional activities – frequency management and technical standardisation – it is pursuing the goal of the World Summit on the Information Society to bridge the digital divide between the north and south of the planet by 2015. Switzerland, and OFCOM in particular, are heavily involved in the ITU, which is based in Geneva.


UNESCO aims to contribute to maintaining peace and security in the world through strengthening collaboration between nations by means of education, science, culture and communication, in order to ensure universal respect for justice, the law, human rights and fundamental freedom for all, irrespective of race, gender, language or religion, as recognised as the right of all peoples by the United Nations Charter. This specialist agency of the United Nations has 193 Member States and 7 Associate Members (October 2009).


The UPU is an intergovernmental organisation which constitutes the main forum for cooperation between the stakeholders in the postal sector, thereby ensuring a truly universal network of products and services at the forefront of progress.


The European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) is an open platform encouraging discussion and exchange in an informal and independent manner on the issues of internet governance between the players concerned throughout Europe. It was created in 2008 by a collective of key stakeholders representing various groups of European participants working in the area of internet governance.


The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is one of the most important results of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was held in 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis. The Forum provides representatives from government, the private sector, civil society and the scientific community with an opportunity to discuss important issues in relation to the management of the internet. It is an experiment conducted by the UNO outside the usual intergovernmental context which brings together on an equal footing all the representatives of interested parties. In addition to the global IGF, there is a European Dialogue on Internet Governance - EuroDIG - as well as numerous national forums. The first IGF Switzerland took place in 2015 in Bern.

Satellite organisations

All three satellite organisations ITSO, IMSO and EUTELSAT IGO are intergovernmental organisations charged with ensuring that providers of telecommunications services by private satellites, i.e. Intelsat Ltd, Inmarsat plc and Eutelsat SA respectively, comply with the public service obligations to which they are subject.


The mission of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies which will improve economic and social welfare throughout the world. Created in 1961, the OECD, which is based in Paris, is currently made up of 34 Member States.


The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces standards with a global perspective in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). OFCOM monitors this work closely and even participates in some areas. The standards produced are decisive for the future of the technology field and may therefore represent an important regulatory basis or be used to develop the strategy for evolving towards a digital society in the European Union (EU), as well as in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). They are thus also applied in Switzerland.

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Last modification 17.05.2016

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