UN grants ICPC consultative status

UN grants ICPC consultative status

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 2018.

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 agencies.

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.

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