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WTISD 2010: Worldwide Initiatives

During this year’s WTISD, ITU calls upon all stakeholders (policy makers, regulators, operators and industry) to promote the adoption of policies and strategies that will promote ICTs in urban areas to contribute towards a better life in cities. Read more about ITU's call for action...

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  • African Information Security Association (AISA)
    “Better city, Better life and Security with ICTs for Young People” forum: Forum on African Children Cyber Safety to highlight how online security of children ensures a better future for young people. The forum will promote the strategies and processes required to use ICTs to ensure a better future for children in African cities through safe access to online resources. All key stakeholders are involved in the “Better city, Better life and Security with ICTs for Young People” initiative: children, parents, students, educators, business owners, civil society, etc. AISA plans to examine the role of the different stakeholders and existing initiatives, as well as the development of Practical “Online Children protection” strategies for improved city life for children. The forum takes place at Grace Schools, Plot 241 Ajidagan Street, Gbagada, Lagos at 10 a.m. The forum is open to the public and interested participants need to register before the event through the Jidaw office.


    Final Report and photos

Arab States

  • Arab ICT Organization (AICTO)
    AICTO, in cooperation with the Arab Towns Organization (ATO) and Tunis City, is organizing an international conference on the occasion of WTISD 2010. The conference will take place on 22 May 2010 in Tunis City and will include two panels and a roundtable related to this year's theme "Better city, better life with ICTs".

    Programme Pdf format icon  [63kB]

Latin America

  • AUI - Spanish Internet Users Association
    Internet Day is a project that has emerged from society, on account of society, and for society. It is free, and open to anyone who wishes to take part. One of the key features of Internet Day is the total freedom of all groups to decide what to do, how to do it, and who their activities will target. The idea of an Internet day or diadeinternet emerged on the initiative of the Association of Internet Users, and the first Internet day was organised on 25 October 2005.



  • Institute of Information Technology of ANAS
    On 14 May, the Institute of Information Technology of ANAS held a scientific seminar devoted to "17 May, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day", where global information society problems were discussed.

    Press release Word format icon  [38kB]


  • Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC)

    Bulgaria's MTITC chose to mark this year's celebration under the national initiative: “Manager for a Day 2010”, part of “Junior Achievement Bulgaria”, held on 22 March 2010 in Sofia. In general, the national initiative is related to inviting young people to share ideas for improving people’s lives in the capacity of managers of public administration for one working day. Governmental representatives take utmost account of the opinion of young people since their generation is driving all processes of the society while the role of the Government is to implement their views into reality.

    "Manager for a Day 2010", 22 March 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria.

    In line with the theme: "Better city, better life with ICTs" the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) invited two young people studying ICT sciences (upon a preliminary selection) to share their views on how life could be advanced with ICTs in a contemporary city. In fact, their imaginary cities were greener, connected with high-speed Internet providing smarter and more accessible services to citizens but above all, wireless.  If they were public managers they would focus efforts on developing a web portal aimed at improving access to information on public transport in order to mitigate the consequences of heavy urban traffic; promoting of electronic payment systems for public transport and connecting wirelessly urban territories. The discussion ended by officially granting of certificates at a special ceremony.

    In addition, a special postage stamp dedicated to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo theme: “Better cities, better life” was released by MTITC on 30 April 2010. Bulgaria will be among the 192 countries which will take part in the Expo.  


  • Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
    Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2010. A three days national program will be inaugurated in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 17th May, Monday 2010. To popularize the concept, build awareness, and ensure people’s participation, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has elaborated a programme for three days (17-19 May 2010). The observance of WTISD 2010 shall comprise:

  •  An ICT based exhibition, Seminar, ICT classes and various online/offline competition at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The purpose of this event is to encourage the citizen of Bangladesh to contribute in building an ICT based nation. The idea is to connect the unconnected and bridge the gap between lighted and unlighted in the field of ICT knowledge.
  • Demonstration of a full-functional Community Radio Station by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and Community Radio Academy  at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on the eve of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2010.


  • A speech of the Minister will be broadcast on 17 May 2010 elaborating the theme Better City, better life with ICTs.

  • More than 100 banners with the words "145th WTISD" and "Better City, Better life with ICTs" with the logo of ITU and MPTC will be displayed along the main roads in Phnom Penh city.

  • More than 1000 T-shirts with the theme "Beter City, better lives with ICTs" printed on them will be distributed to Cyclo drivers and Moto taxi drivers to wear during that day.

  •  There will be booths in front of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of the different ISP and mobile operators, where young people and students will be able to use their services for free.

  • The theme: Better City, Better life with ICTs will be displayed on mobile phone screens as well as Computers when using Internet during 17 May 2010.


  • i-Vission International
    i-Vission International will be bringing together stakeholders (civil society organizations, SMEs, government officials, the Media, CIGs…) in a one day conference and lunch party, at the conference hall of our headquarters (Feu Rouge Bessengue Douala, Cameroon). Focus will be given to the Web 2.0, its applications and impact in our society. The conference will focus on what the Web 2.0 is all about, how to use it to reach different objectives and bring social change to our community. This event will include some emphasis on ICT as a tool for peace building. To participate in this event, you need to register

Programme Word format icon  [36kB]


  • Universidad Tecnológica de Chile (INACAP)
    INACAP, sede Renca, realizará una jornada de charlas técnicas para conmemorar el Día Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y de la Sociedad de la Información. Esta actividad es desarrollada por la Dirección de Informática, Conectividad y Redes de la Institución el día sábado 8 de Mayo a partir de las 10 horas.

Programa Word format icon  [22kB]



  • Alcaldía de Paipa
    El Municipio de Paipa (Boyacá-Colombia) apoya la celebración del Día Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y de la Sociedad de la Información con el Proyecto Boyacá Digital, el cual está enfocado a reducir la brecha digital y alfabetizar digitalmente a las familias boyacenses. Para el año 2010 desde los Telecentros se ha programado una semana de TIC en la cual habrá conferencias y otras actividades que sensibilicen e integren a la familia y a todos los sectores de la sociedad en torno al tema de las comunicaciones. Dentro de los temas que a tratar en la semana del 17 al 22 de mayo están:

  • Lunes 17 de mayo: Jornada de libre acceso a internet para todas las edades: asesoría en internet, correo electrónico, chat, wikipedias, blogs, etc.

  • Martes 18 de mayo: Jornada de seguridad en internet: charlas para padres de familia, estudiantes y docentes.

  • Miércoles 19 de mayo: Jornada de gobierno en línea /p>

  • Jueves 20 de mayo: Jornada de entretenimiento: orientación en redes sociales, chat, juegos, blogs pedagógicos, manualidades,etc.

  • Viernes 21 de mayo: Conferencia y taller sobre software libre

  • Sábado 22 de mayo: Semillero de ciudadanos digitales: jornada dedicada a que los niños entiendan los procesos de las telecomunicaciones. Entrevista con las personas de la Emisora de Radio Local y el Canal Local de Televisión.

    Todo en torno al tema: "Una mejor ciudad, una vida mejor con las TIC".

  • Colectivo Casa Occio
    Día de Internet Cali 2010: companies and groups in the city have joined together to prepare an event that puts ICTs as a fundamental tool in building civil society, education and public participation. This event will be celebrated on 17-18 May 2010 in several locations of Cali, Colombia.


    Promotion letter Word format icon  [1400kB]

  • Colegio La Presentación

    Celebraciones del 17 al 22 de mayo
    : El proyecto "Aprovechamiento de los medios virtuales gratis que nos presenta internet creando una conciencia ecológica para fortalecer el paradigma de la calidad de vida" del Colegio La Presentación (Duitama, Boyaca)  pretende concientizar tanto a estudiantes como padres de familia y maestros sobre la importancia de la participación activa en el conocimiento de las TIC y su apropiación como herramientas claves para el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida, por una ciudad más ecológica.


    Programa Word format icon  [41kB]
    Proyecto del Colegio La Presentación Word format icon  [50kB]

Costa Rica


  • National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission
    National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission celebrates World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2010 with a series of activities. All activities are held under the theme "Better city, better life with ICTs".

  • Radio broadcast by the Minister of Telecommunications and Information on WTISD.

  • A symposium with various stakeholders on the benefits of using ICT to improve the lives and business capabilities in the urban areas, with addresses from business proprietors, Discovery Dominica (Tourism Bureau) personnel on the implementation of ICT initiatives geared towards tourist. Additionally, the Minister of Information and Telecommunications will address the various stakeholders on government’s activities to facilitate the development of ICT within the country.

  • Television panel discussion on the benefits of using ICT to enhance practices focusing on businesses in the urban areas. Panelists include Government officials, who will elaborate on the legislation being enacted to promote ICTs. Business stsaff will lead discussions on using ICT to enhance their business processes.

  • The National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission will participate in the annual book fair in August and will lead discussions on the use of eBooks and the conversion of local reading material to electronic reading format. This will assist in the promotion and availability of local published material to both national and international audiences.

  • Participation at Career days at the various secondary and tertiary education facilities on the island. The presentations will focus on encouraging innovations in ICT at these education establishments.


  • Institut Telecom (Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi )
    Signature de la convention de partenariat
    : En novembre 2009, l’université Montpellier 2, l’institut Télécom, l’Université Montpellier 1 et l’Ecole des Mines d’Ales ont signé un accord-cadre visant à la création d’une filière Technologies de l’information et de la communication pour la santé. Ce projet est fortement soutenu par le Conseil Régional Languedoc-Roussillon et la communauté d’agglomération de Montpellier, Montpellier Agglo. Lundi 17 mai à 18 heures, en présence du Préfet de Région, du recteur de l'Académie, du représentant du Président de région et de Montpellier Agglomération, du Président de l'université Montpellier 1 et du directeur de l'Ecole des mines d'Alès, les quatre partenaires procéderont à la signature de la convention.

    Communiqué de presse, 10 mai 2010 Word format icon  [36 kB]
    Invitation Pdf format icon  [700kB]


    The public, private and academic sectors in Guatemala, have been working in coordination within the National System of Science and Technology, providing attention and follow-up to ICT related issues, among others. In celebration of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2010, a series of conferences have been prepared for the day, all of which will be transmitted through webcasting; the audience will be mainly high school and university students. Any establishment or institution can participate through the webcast (real time or recorded). The telecentres will also form part of the audience, allowing more participation in the rural areas.

    Los sectores público, privado y académico de Guatemala, en forma coordinada, trabajan activamente en el contexto de un Sistema Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, brindando atención y seguimiento a temas relacionados con el uso de las TICs, entre otros. En conmemoración del Día Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y la Sociedad de la Información, han preparado una serie de conferencias durante el día, que serán transmitidas vía webcasting, principalmente a un auditorio compuesto por estudiantes de nivel medio y universitario; los establecimientos educativos pueden participar retransmitiendo todas las conferencias, en tiempo real o diferido. También los Telecentros se sumarán formando parte de la audiencia, permitiendo mayor participación en el área rural del país.

    Les secteurs public, privé et académique du Guatemala, travaillent de manière coordonnée, travaillent activement dans le cadre du Système National de Science et Technologie, en appuyant les thèmes en relation avec l'utilisation des Technologies de l'Information et la Communication, entre autres. Pour fêter le Jour Mondial des Télécommunications et la Société de l'Information, ils ont préparé une série de conférences, qui seront transmises par internet ; l'audience sera composée principalement par lycéens et étudiants universitaires; tout établissement éducatif peut participer en accédant au site web, en temps réel ou à travers les conférences enregistrées. Les Télécentres feront parti aussi de l'audience, permettant ainsi plus de participation dans les zones rurales.

    Agenda preliminar Word format icon  [109kB]


  • CONATEL (Conseil National des Telecommunications)
    Pôles TIC de Développement (POLTIC project - ICT Development Poles ): The main objective of this programme is to create, thanks to ICTs, an ecosystem supporting an integrated and decentralized sustainable development in each medium-sized city of Haiti so that all Haitians can, in an equitable way, seize the opportunities offered by the technological advancement and participate fully at the reconstruction of their country after the earthquake of January 12th.

    POLTIC project Word format icon  [297kB]


  • Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, India
    The Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology from Udaipur in India, organizes a National Workshop on Computer Networking as well as a Celebration on the occasion of WTISD-2010.  The Workshop was co-organized by Computer Society of India- Udaipur Chapter, The Institution of Engineers (India), Udaipur Local Centre and Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, from 17-19 May 2010 at Techno Campus, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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  • Odisha Telecom Development Forum (OTDF)
    On 17th may 2010, Odisha Telecom Development Forum proposed a day long deliberation on the theme "Better City, Better life with ICT". The event was facilitated by BSNL. Prof Sahdev Sahoo, Ex Chief Secretary of Odisha gave a key note address. Dr R N Ray, Chairman of the National Children Science Congress gave a talk on science education development through ICT. Shri P K Rath, Ex Director General of CPWD gave a talk on how housing sectors can be developed with ICT and Shri Subrat Kumar Prusty highlighted that ICT will make survival for all a reality. Prof. Dr Omkarnath Mohanty deliberated on how education can be developed with ICT. Swami Lokatitananda gave a talk on science of self discovery and how we should use ICT for improvement of all. Rajendra Sarangi and Ranjan Mallik provided input on how Geographic Information Systems are going to help us make a better city. Managobind Mishra Managing, Director of Nemhans, gave a talk on limiting the unlimited and unlimiting the limited by ICT.



  • ITU Association of Japan, Inc. (ITU-AJ)

    Photo: Celebration organized by ITU-AJ in Japan in 2009
    In conjunction with the Ceremony hosted by ITU in Geneva, The ITU Association of Japan, Inc. (ITU-AJ) organizes each year Celebration for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Japan to raise the visibility of ITU among Japanese people and to reward those who have contributed to the ITU related work.


  • Mauritius, National Computer Board
    On the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, the National Computer Board hosted a workshop on “Green ICT and Electronic Waste” on 17th May 2010 targeting ICT Professionals and decision makers. The workshop was officially opened by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Hon. Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum. During this occasion, a brochure on “Guidelines for Households on Green Computing” published by the National Computer Board, was officially launched by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Hon. Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum and the Chairman of the National Computer Board, Mr Suraj Ramgolam.  


  • Département de la Poste, Télécoms et NT/MICNT
    À l’occasion de la célébration par l’UIT, de la Journée mondiale des Télécommunications et de la Société de l’Information, le Ministère de l’Industrie, du Commerce et des Nouvelles Technologies et l’Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT) organisent un séminaire sous le thème "Ecocentre 2.0 pour vivre mieux dans les villes du Maroc" et ce, le 17 mai 2010 à l’Institut National des Postes et Télécommunications (INPT), Rabat - Maroc. L’objectif principal de ce séminaire est de sensibiliser les institutionnels, les professionnels et la société civile aux rôles des TIC dans le milieu urbain et aux innovations. Il sera animé par des professionnels et des experts marocains et étrangers en abordant des thématiques relatives aux axes suivants :
    - Promouvoir les politiques urbaines durables grâce aux TIC au niveau national ;
    - Faciliter l'émergence de villes intelligentes ;
    - Domaines prioritaires d'utilisation des TIC pour assurer un développement urbain durable et équitable ;
    - Connecter toutes les écoles à l'Horizon 2015. 

    Programme Pdf format icon  [200kB]



  • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
    In order to promote general awareness and seek contributions from the general public over this year's theme 'Better City, Better Life with ICTs', Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has invited essays from the general public. Top three essays will be awarded with prizes. This exercise is aimed at raising the interest of the general public with regards to the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.


  • Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos de Panamá
    La Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos de Panamá, realizó el 18 de mayo, un Ciclo de Conferencias, para conmemorar el Día Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y dar a conocer los proyectos con otras organizaciones nacionales para llevar las TIC a las comunidades. Un ejemplo de esto es la Red Nacional de Acceso Universal a Internet gratutio que esta ejecutando el Gobierno Nacional. 


  • INICTEL de la Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI) y Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones
    El INICTEL de la Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería y el Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones de Perú celebramos el Dia Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y de la Sociedad de la Información con una jornada a desarrollarse el lunes 17 de Mayo de 9:00 a 13:00 horas con la participación del mayor número de agentes sociales y económicos involucrados en el tema de las telecomunicaciones modernas y en particular con la temática propuesta "Una mejor Ciudad, una Vida Mejor con las TIC".

  • Organismo Supervisor de la Inversión Privada en Telecomunicaciones (OSIPTEL)
    Con ocasión del 17 de Mayo, OSIPTEL organiza en Perú diversas actividades. En Moquegua habrá una jornada de sensibilización y orientación en la que se realizará un Conversatorio sobre las TIC con el aporte de profesionales de la Universidad José Carlos Mariátegui de Moquegua y el apoyo de un representante de la Unión Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (Lima-Perú).


  • Automation of Philippines national and local elections through the Automated National and Local Election System.

  • eGovernment Portal Project with two operational modules: e-Payment Gateway and eServices Portal.

  • iSchools Project which aims to close the digital divide in public secondary education.

  • eSkwela Orientation and Planning Workshop focused in the setting-up of strategically located e-Learning Centers in major centers around the country.

  • Philippine Community eCenters Program: Community eCenters will provide the last mile connectivity and access facility for internet-related services.

  • The Child Online Protection Portal is a realization of Philippine's commitment during 2009's WTISD Celebration.


  • Polish Information processing Society (PTI)
    WTISD 2010 celebrations: popularization of new technologies in the society and presentation of opportunities that result from their application both in the economy and social life. A number of events, seminars, discussion panels and conferences will take place.

    Preliminary agenda 2010  Pdf format icon  [120kB]



  • AUI - Spanish Internet Users Association
    Internet Day is a project that has emerged from society, on account of society, and for society. It is free, and open to anyone who wishes to take part. One of the key features of Internet Day is the total freedom of all groups to decide what to do, how to do it, and who their activities will target. The idea of an Internet day or diadeinternet emerged on the initiative of the Association of Internet Users, and the first Internet day was organised on 25 October 2005.

    Acto oficial conmemoración del día mundial de Internet: el 17 de Mayo, con motivo del Día Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones y la Sociedad de la Información, el Presidente del Senado español, Javier Rojo, y el Comité de Impulso del Día de Internet, formado por más de 40 colectivos sociales, reunirán a destacados representantes del mundo político, empresarial, mediático, cultural y social para reflexionar sobre la ciudadanía digital y hacer entrega de los Premios de Internet 2010.

    Programa del acto oficial  Pdf format icon  [465kB]


  • National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC)
    NTC celebration of WTISD  was carried out this year at different levels, ensuring the promulgation of the theme of the Day to key related institutions. ITU's message was communicated to targeted parties and the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC), in cooperation with other entities, including universities, State Governors, Ministries (Health, Agriculture, Education) and local NGOs will organize discussion groups and seminars on subjects such as conneting rural communities, connectnig schools and traffic management.

    Activities on the occasion of WTISD 2010  Pdf format icon  [2000kB]



  • Odessa Regional Institute of Public Administration

    Odessa Regional Institute of Public Administration of the National Academy of Public Administration (Office of the President of Ukraine), organized a scientific practical seminar “Information Society and Sustainable Development” under the motto “Better City, Better Life with ICTs”. The seminar was held on the initiative of the Information Technologies and Administration Systems Department of the Institute and the municipal enterprise "Regional Information and Analytical Center" of Odessa Region. The seminar was held through videoconference, and attended by representatives from four cities of Ukraine (Odessa, Kherson, Simferopol and Lviv). The seminar was attended by the staff of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Odessa, Kherson regional state administrations, regional councils, NGOs, media, institutions of higher education in Odessa, Lviv, Kherson and Simferopol.  Reports at the seminar were made by researchers and practitioners, representatives of the IT sector, the executive authorities and local governments.

    Presentation by Barkova   [1700kB]

    Presentation by Molchanov   [1900kB]

    Presentation by Perlov   [2400kB]

    Presentation by ITTD   [3046kB]

    Presentation by Lunko   [2500kB]

    Presentation by Mirko   [4800kB]

Viet Nam

  • Ministry of Information and Communication of Vietnam
    Viet Nam will celebrate WTISD 2010 through a dialogue between representatives from the Government of Viet Nam, UN Agencies and Embassies in Viet Nam. Participants will be able to follow a quiz and will be invited to a cocktail. Videos will be produced for the event and will be broadcasted on TV in order to give information about telecommunications, ICTs as well as the role of Government and international organizations in building a global society for all.



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