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.

G3PSM receives the G2BVN Memorial Trophy

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The 2017 Region 1 Conference agreed the award of the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, memorial trophy to Colin Thomas, G3PSM. The Trophy was formally presented to Colin by Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, at the RSGB 2018 AGM held in Birmingham on 21st April. In making the presentation, Don outlined Colin's contributions to Amateur Radio, particularly with IARU in CEPT and ITU over several decades, as well as his extensive work with RSGB. In reply Colin recalled that one of his early mentors was Roy Stevens, who had guided him in his early years in international amateur radio forums. The award therefore had a particular resonance for him.

Only eleven G2BVN Memorial Trophies have been awarded since its inception some 35 years ago.