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.

Russia joins CEPT, more detail

The Russian State Radio Frequencies Commission decided on 10 March 2011 that the Russian Federation shall join CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01 and ECC Recommendation (05)06 (CEPT Novice), thus making it possible for every CEPT License holder to operate on the territory of the Russian Federation, within a limit of three months, without any additional permission. The call sign to be used shall be RA/Personal Call sign.

This has been a big step forward and IARU Region 1 would like to thank the Russian member society, SRR, for its successful efforts.