The purpose of 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, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.
May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.
World Telecommunication Day
World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on May 17 since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.
It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.
World Information Society Day
In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society called upon the UN General Assembly to declare May 17 as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society raised by WSIS.
The General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/60/252) in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on May 17.
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in
The updated Resolution 68 invites
- Stimulating reflection and exchanges of ideas on the theme adopted by the Council;
- Debating the various aspects of the theme with all partners in society; and
- Formulating a report reflecting national discussions on the issues underlying the theme, to be fed back to ITU and the rest of its membership.