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 at the ITU Telecom World 2009

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will be exhibiting and participating at the upcoming ITU Telecom World 2009 October 5 to October 9, 2009. Stand 2652 in Hall 2, close to the entrances to Halls 4 and 5. Click here to see the floor plan.  

ITU Telecom 2009 will be used to roll out the new IARU Emergency Communications Brochure, as well as to showcase some publications of IARU member societies (IARU R1 member societies are invited to send their publications for inclusion).

IARU delegates include: IARU president VE6SH - Tim Ellam, N4QX - Brennan Price, IARU R1 Executive Committee member  F6IOC - Betty Magnin, DF5UG - Hans Ehlers and IARU R1 Executive Committee member  OD5TE - Hani Raad.

Held once every few years, ITU TELECOM WORLD is an unrivaled event for the global telecommunication and information communication technology (ICT) sector. Forward-looking, WORLD 2009 attracts all stakeholders from across the sector and around the world for a truly global, world-class event and networking platform. To address shared global challenges in today’s information society, WORLD 2009 incorporates thematic elements to highlight the reach and role of telecommunications and ICT in areas of societal change such as the digital divide, climate change, and disaster relief. With its focus on development opportunities, the event brings together corporate social responsibility and displays cases of best practices.