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(16) AGREEMENT RELATING TO THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE ORGANIZATION (INTELSAT)(Signed at Washington on November 22 and 23, 1971, Proclaimed November 24, 1971)



CONSIDERING the principle set forth in Resolution 1721 (XVI) of the General Assembly of the United Nations that communication by means of satellites should be available to the nations of the world as soon as practicable on a global and non-discriminatory basis,

CONSIDERING the relevant provisions of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, and in particular Article I, which states that outer space shall be used for the benefit and in the interests of all countries,

NOTING that pursuant to the Agreement Establishing Interim Arrangements for a Global Commercial Communications Satellite System and the related Special Agreement, a global commercial telecommunications satellite system has been established,

DESIRING to continue the development of this telecommunications satellite system with the aim of achieving a single global commercial telecommunications satellite system as part of an improved global telecommunications network which will provide expanded telecommunications services to all areas of the world and which will contribute to world peace and understanding,

DETERMINED, to this end, to provide, for the benefit of all mankind, through the most advanced technology available, the most efficient and economic facilities possible consistent with the best and most equitable use of the radio frequency spectrum and of orbital space,

BELIEVING that satellite telecommunications should be organized in such a way as to permit all peoples to have access to the global satellite system and those States members of the International Telecommunication Union so wishing to invest in the system with consequent participation in the design, development, construction, including the provision of equipment, establishment, operation, maintenance and ownership of the system,

PURSUANT to the Agreement Establishing Interim Arrangements for a Global Commercial Communications Satellite System,


Article I: Definitions
Article II: Establishment of INTELSAT
Article III: Scope of INTELSAT Activities
Article IV: Juridical Personality
Article V: Financial Principles
Article VI: Structure of INTELSAT
Article VII: Assembly of Parties
Article VIII: Meeting of Signatories
Article IX: Board of Governors: Composition and Voting
Article X: Board of Governors: Functions
Article XI: Director General
Article XII: Traditional Management and Secretary General
Article XIII: Procurement
Article XIV: Rights and Obligations of Members
Article XV: INTELSAT Headquarters, Privileges, Exemptions Immunities
Article XVI: Withdrawal
Article XVII: Amendment
Article XVIII: Settlement of Disputes
Article XIX: Signature
Article XX: Entry into Force
Article XXI: Miscellaneous Provisions
Article XXII: Depositary
Annex A: Functions of a Secretary General
Annex B: Functions of the Management Services Contractor and guidelines of the Management Services Contract
Annex C: Provision on Procedures Relating to Settlement of Disputes Referred to in Article XVIII of This Agreement and Article 20 of the Operating Agreement
Annex D: Transition Provisions

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