World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 17th is celebrated annually as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).

Why WTISD is celebrated?

To commemorate the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.

Who proclaimed May 17th as WTISD?

May 17th is proclaimed as WTISD in 2006 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey. Before 2006, World Information Society Day and World Telecommunication Society Day were observed separately.

What is the objective of WTISD?

To exhibit the importance of telecommunication and to raise awareness regarding the crucial role Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) play in our lives. It also aims to reduce the digital divide and promote the development of technology in this field.

What is the theme of WTISD 2022?

The theme for WTISD 2022 is “Digital Technologies for Older Persons and Healthy Ageing”. The theme emphasizes the importance of information technologies to stay connected and independent.

What is the theme of WTISD 2021 and 2020?

  • In 2021, the theme was ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times.’
  • In 2020, the theme was ‘Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’

What is International Telecommunication Union (ITU)?

It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) and is the oldest UN agency. It is responsible for matters related to information and communication technologies (ICT). Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, and it has 193 countries as its members.

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