ITU membership meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea for the Plenipotentiary Conference passed an important resolution to improve global flight tracking for civil aviation. This follows the disappearance and loss of Flight MH370 in March 2014 with 239 people on board, which spurred worldwide discussions on global flight tracking and the need for coordinated action by ITU and other relevant organizations.
The new resolution adopted by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference instructs the forthcoming World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015 (WRC-15) to consider global flight tracking in its agenda and instructs the Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau to submit a specific report on the matter to WRC-15. This report will include the results of the studies, which have been carried out in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) for the last two years and are being accelerated as a result of this resolution.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré welcomed the resolution taken by the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, noting global concern following the loss of the aircraft. “We join the families of the passengers in mourning the loss of lives on MH370 and we must continue to make every effort at the international level to improve flight tracking for civil aviation,” Dr Touré said. “This resolution will be brought to the attention of the World Radiocommunication Conference at its next meeting in 2015 as well as to the International Civil Aviation Organization, with whom we already have a strong framework of cooperation.”