World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, is observed every year on May 17. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the critical role of Information and Communication Technologies and brought to the fore startling digital inequalities between and within countries. This year it has come together, throwing light on the urgency of accelerating digital transformation and advancing the goals of the Connect 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. World Telecommunication Day and Society Day 2021 is an amalgamation of World Information Society Day and World Telecommunication Society Day. World Telecommunication Day is the founding day of the International Telecommunication Union, and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865, whereas World Information Day is celebrated to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information society raised by World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS).ITU members have come up with essential services, saving lives and sustaining economies. In November 2006, both the days came together to celebrate annually by organizing appropriate programs with a view to Stimulating reflection and exchange of ideas on the theme. Debating the various aspects of the theme with all partners in society. Formulating a report reflecting national discussions on the issues underlying the theme, to be fed back to ITU and the rest of its membership.The theme for this year is “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times”, throughout the year with national, regional, and international initiatives to accelerate digital transformation.

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