World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

17 May 2023

Geneva, Switzerland

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is an annual event held every 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention on the same day in 1865.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) focuses this year on ‘Empowering the least developed countries through information and communication technologies.’ On the Day ITU calls on the public and private sectors to make pledges for universal connectivity and digital transformation in these countries through its Partner2Connect Digital Coalition.

Mid-way through the Decade of Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those countries face daunting challenges.

The Fifth Conference on the Least Developed Countries(LDC5) in Doha, Qatar, has set out an ambitious new United Nations programme of action to deliver on sustainable development for all by 2030.

LDCs are the world’s greatest untapped resource, whose needs must be addressed to achieve the SDGs. About one third of the 2.7 billion people who remain unconnected to the Internet are in the 46 LDCs.

Investment in these young, vibrant countries can drive sustainable growth for generations.

For more information, please refer to the official web page.