World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: 17th May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is observed globally on 17th May every year. The main aim to celebrates the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies.

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The theme of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day of 2020: “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

History of World Telecommunication Day and Information Society Day:

World Telecommunication Day (WTD) has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969. The date marks the anniversary of the founding of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 17 May 1865, when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. In 1973, the event was formally instituted at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos, Spain.

In 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) called upon the United Nations General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day (WISD). The aim was to focus on the importance of these technologies and the wide range of related social and economic issues that had been raised by the summit. The UN General Assembly resolved in March 2006 that World Information Society Day (WISD) would indeed take place every year on 17 May. Later in 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey has decided to combine both celebrations as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • ITU Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • ITU Head: Houlin Zhao.
  • ITU Founded: 17 May 1865.

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