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26 August 2015: Information and communication technologies (ICT) have driven global development in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. Billions of people enjoy access to ICTs thanks to technological progress, infrastructure deployment and falling prices.
22 July 2015: For persons with disabilities (PwD), access to information and communication technology (ICT) is vital for their inclusion in modern society, enabling access to key public services such as healthcare and government services, access to the job market, communication and social integration. But this cannot be achieved unless ICTs are accessible.
17 June 2015: This year marks
the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union. The oldest agency of the United Nations, it has grown steadily from its origins in the days of the telegraph through radio, television, satellite, mobile and Internet to today’s emerging technologies, encompassing a membership of 193 Member States and over 700 private sector entities, civil society and academic institutions.
2 June 2015: Governments and industry have worked together in ITU since the earliest years of the Union. Incredibly, some of ITU’s longest-standing industry members have been participating to ITU fora without interruption since the late 1870s.
20 May 2015: 10 years ago, the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process was finalized in Tunis. This innovative meeting gathered governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations to agree a global blueprint for equitable access and ongoing development of information and communication technologies (ICTs). These principles have since shaped global efforts to harness technology to drive development and foster global innovation.
2 February 2015: The thematic calendar commences in February with the theme ‘youth and innovation’. There’s a lot to look forward to in 2015 as we celebrate an incredible landmark: ITU’s 150th anniversary. Since 1865, ITU has connected the world to the most advanced and innovative means of communication – from the days of the telegraph to the telephone, television, Internet and mobile broadband, which now allows us to be in touch anytime, anywhere with friends, family, colleagues and even things.
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