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.

ARSI of India signs an MOU with Bangalore Red Cross

The Amateur Radio Society of India ( ARSI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Red Cross Society, Bangalore and an amateur radio station with the call sign VU2ZH has been inaugurated on Wednesday October 12, 2009 by the Governor of Karnataka State.

The station will be available as a club station in Bangalore for amateurs, and also serve as an emergency communications station. The station is accessible 24x7 and will also have emergency power. It has HF and VHF capability. Efforts are being made to replicate this elsewhere in India

(Reported by: Gopal Madhavan VU2GMN - ARSI President)