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    ITU Celebrates WTISD 50th Anniversary

    Date published: 16 May 2019

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on May 17. The day marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865, when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.

    The World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on May 17 since 1969. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in 1973.

    In 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) called upon the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to declare May 17 as the 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 UNGA adopted a resolution in March 2006, stipulating that the World Information Society Day shall be celebrated annually on May 17.

    In November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference decided to celebrate both events on May 17 as the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

    The purpose of WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the Internet and ICTs can bring to societies and economies, as well as the ways to bridge the digital divide.


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