Historically, ever since 1969, World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated on 17 May to commemorate the foundation day (year 1865) of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

In November 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to focus on the importance of ICT and other related issues. Hence, in March 2006 a resolution was adopted stipulating that every year 17 May be celebrated as World Information Science Day.

However, in November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference held in Antalya, Turkey decided to club both the events and celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17 May.

The purpose of celebrating WTISD is to help raise awareness of possibilities that the use of Internet and other information and communication technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

The ongoing pandemic due to COVID-19 has not only highlighted the critical role of information and communication technologies for continued functioning of societies but has also brought to the fore the startling digital divide between and within countries. Digital transformation is to deliver in an efficient, accountable, transparent, and auditable way to the benefit of all. It not only implies applying and/or updating the technology we use, but creating a culture that embraces new digital technologies that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of people in their daily life and business.

At the same time, this crisis has highlighted the urgency of accelerating digital transformation and advancing the goals and targets of The Connect 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. In this decade of action, WTISDs help raise awareness of The Connect 2030 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development (Resolution 200, Rev. 2018, Dubai), as a shared global vision where telecommunications/ICTs enable and accelerate social, economic and environmentally sustainable growth and development for everyone.

Keeping these objectives in view, the theme for WTISD 2021 has been appropriately adopted as Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times.

As a part of celebration, Vigyan Setu Foundation invites you to try your telecom quotient by participating in the quiz. On scoring eighty percent or more, you will receive an e-Certificate, which will be e-mailed between 18th and 22nd May 2021.



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