18 May 2018
| James Pearce
The International Cable Protection Committee, which aims to promote the safeguarding of international subsea cable systems, has been granted consultative status with the United Nations.
The ICPC was recommended for the status by the
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committee of the UN
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and approved at
ECOSOC’s management meeting between 16-18 April
The status means that the ICPC will be able to send
representatives to attend special interest meetings and
international conferences affecting the subsea cable community.
The ICPC will also be able to provide written and oral
submissions during relevant UN meetings.
Members of the ICPC include many of the world’s
biggest cable consortiums as well as several wholesale carriers
who either outright own, or part-own, subsea cables. These
include the likes of Telstra, China Telecom Global, Telia
Carrier, Sparkle, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, PCCW Global, and
NTT Communications, to name just a handful. A full list of its
170 members can be found here.
5,209 organisations currently benefit from ECOSOC
consultative status. ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs
of the UN and coordinates the work of 15 UN specialised
Earlier this year, ICPC appointed Squire Patton Boggs
associate Alice de Juvigny as its United Nations Observer
Representative (UNOR). In addition to working alongside
ICPC’s executive committee, International Cable
Law Adviser, Marine Environmental Advisor and Secretariat, she
will carry out all responsibilities associated with the
consultative status at the United Nations, it said.