About World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
In recognition of ITU as the UN agency for telecommunications and information and communication technologies, the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, November 2005, called upon the United Nations to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day. 17 May, long recognized as World Telecommunication Day, marks the establishment of ITU in 1865. Endorsed by the UN General Assembly, World Information Society Day focuses global attention annually on reaching the enormous benefits of the digital revolution in information and communication technologies to all the world's inhabitants. The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in November 2006 endorsed the celebration of 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. For more details, see www.itu.int/wtisd/.
About the ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Award
The ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Award has been created to honour individuals or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, building, or strengthening a people-centred, development-oriented and knowledge-based information society. Achievement may take the form of social accomplishment, mobilization of public opinion, or a key technical innovation.
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For more than 140 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems.
ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the telecommunications industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology for the benefit of the global community, and in particular the developing world.
From broadband Internet to latest-generation wireless technologies, from aeronautical and maritime navigation to radio astronomy and satellite-based meteorology, from phone and fax services to TV broadcasting and next-generation networks, ITU is committed to connecting the world.
The Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement is a non-profit, non-governmental international association established in 2003. It focuses on the positive and holistic aspects of peace, helping to forge communication networks, developing capacities, creating avenues for cooperative action and making silent voices heard! The Movement's main objective is to enhance the conditions conducive to sustainable peace and human security. See www.womenforpeaceinternational.org.
About DAISY Consortium
The DAISY Consortium - Digital Accessible Information System - is a worldwide not-for-profit standards organization made up of libraries and ICT companies in more than 40 countries. It envisions a world where people with print disabilities have equal access to information and knowledge. DAISY supports the reading needs of individuals who are blind or have a visual disability. It also benefits those who are deaf or hard of hearing and others who are unable to read standard publications as well as individuals with cognitive, intellectual and physical disabilities, such as those caused by Parkinson's disease.
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