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.

IARU Calendar No 188

IARU Calendar No 188 dated 11 March 2009 has been mailed to member-societies. The issue may be viewed at http://www.iaru.org/cal188.html.
Highlights include:
  • Results of balloting on Proposals 241 through 244 (Ratification of officer nominations and admission of member-societies representing the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan)
  • Congo (Brazzaville) proposed for membership
  • World Amateur Radio Day 2009 (18 April)