Communication is a very important element to communicate and connect people all around the globe and today on World Telecommunication Day and Information Society Day people around the world celebrate and acknowledge the evolution of Telecommunication. This day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day has been celebrated every year on May 17, 1969, as on this day the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in the year 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in the year 1973. The ITU has witnessed many milestones in the telecommunication technology, such as, the invention of the telephone in 1876, the launch of the first satellite in 1957, and the launch of the path-breaking Internet in 60’s that have evolved so much that today majority depends on it.
In November 2005, the World Summit called upon the UN General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to focus on the important issues of Information and Telecommunication raised by WSIS. The General Assembly adopted the resolution in March 2006 stipulating that the World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May.
The main purpose of the day is to raise global awareness of societal changes brought about by the Internet and new age technologies. It also aims to help diminish the digital segregation. The updated Resolution 68 invites Member States and Sector Members to celebrate the day annually by organizing appropriate national programmes with a view to stimulate 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.