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.

IARU Speaks at ATU Workshop

IARU was present at the recent ATU African Telecommunications Union / ICT Day 2019 Commemorative Workshop - "Using Technology to Save Lives: Emergency Communications for Disaster Risk Reductions and Management".  The Workshop was held in Maputo, Mozambique and IARU was represented by Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ and Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG. Brian presented an overview of the amateur capability for emergency communication and some of the pre-conditions for it to be effectively deployed. He also gave a second presentation on the IARU STARS program, which seeks to support and encourage the growth of amateur radio in countries where it is not well established. Both presentations were well received, and gave rise to extended discussions about the public service role of amater radio and its role in developing the national skill infrastructure.