World Telecommunication Day is celebrated every year on May 17 in the world. Its purpose is to highlight the role of information and communication technology at the present time. In addition, this day is also celebrated on 17 May 1865 to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). On this day, the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris, France. On this day, a topical theme is chosen and on this there are events all over the world.
Theme of World Telecommunication Day 2021
This year’s theme is ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times’. The COVID-19 focuses on the critical role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the continued functioning of societies during the epidemic and to reveal the staggering digital disparities between and within countries.
History and importance of World Telecommunication Day
World Telecommunication Day was celebrated for the first time in 1969 and the United Nations General Assembly declared May 17 as World Information Society Day (WISD) in 2005. In 2006, at a conference in Antalya, Turkey, the ITU decided to celebrate World Telecommunication and Society Day (WTISD) jointly.
Raising awareness through the use of internet is also the goal
World Telecommunication Day is celebrated with the aim of bridging the gap between society and economies and digital division using the Internet and raising awareness. This celebration is also a way to raise awareness about positive communication technology among the people in the world. In addition, it aims to make information and communication access easier for people living in remote parts of the world and rural areas.