The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is a federation of national associations of certified radio amateurs, representing over 150 countries and separate territories around the world.

The three IARU Regions are organised to broadly mirror the structure of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and its related regional telecommunications organisations. The Regions comprise:
- IARU Region 1: Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia
- IARU Region 2: The Americas
- IARU Region 3: Asia-Pacific

The IARU represents the interests of the Amateur Radio Service worldwide to relevant international organisations, promoting the interests of amateur radio and seeking to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges.

Change in IARU Secretary

Rod Stafford, W6ROD, has retired as IARU Secretary after seven years of service in that position. The IARU Constitution provides that the member-society serving as the International Secretariat, i.e. the ARRL, shall designate the Secretary. The ARRL Board of Directors has designated David Sumner, K1ZZ, to replace Mr Stafford as Secretary effective 15 October 2016.

David Sumner has served in this capacity twice previously, from 1982 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2009, while employed by the ARRL to manage its headquarters. Now retired from employment, he joins the other IARU officers and Administrative Council members in serving as a volunteer.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, has appointed Rod Stafford as Emergency Communications Special Advisor. In this capacity, he will represent the interests of the IARU and the global amateur radio community in the Development Sector of the ITU and will offer advice and counsel on matters relating to emergency and disaster response communications.