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World Telecommunication Day (WTD) has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969. The date marks the anniversary of the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865, when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. In 1973, the event was formally instituted at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos, Spain. Every year a topical theme is chosen and events celebrating that theme take place around the world.
 
With the growth in importance of information technology alongside telecommunications – especially the Internet – it was recognised that the topic also needed to be brought to public attention. In 2005, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) called upon the United Nations General Assembly to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day (WISD). The aim was to focus on the importance of these technologies and the wide range of related social and economic issues that had been raised by the summit. The UN General Assembly resolved in March 2006 that World Information Society Day (WISD) would indeed take place every year on 17 May. Later in 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to combine both celebrations as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).
 
The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), like its predecessors, focuses on a particular theme for each event.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
 
To learn more about a specific event, click on a link in the list below. Each event has its own page where you will find a variety of information including messages from ITU's Secretary-General, event posters, and additional resources such as articles.​

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Event Name
Theme
Event Type
Place

1969

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1969)

The ITU: Get to know the ITUWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1970

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1970)

Telecommunications and educationWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1971

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1971)

Space and telecommunicationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1972

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1972)

The world telecommunication networkWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1973

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1973)

International cooperation in the field of telecommunicationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1974

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1974)

Telecommunications and transportWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1975

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1975)

Telecommunications and meteorology (ITU / WMO)World Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1976

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1976)

Telecommunication and the mass media (ITU / UNESCO)World Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1977

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1977)

Telecommunication and development (ITU / UNDP)World Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1978

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1978)

RadiocommunicationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1979

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1979)

Telecommunications for allWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1980

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1980)

Rural telecommunicationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1981

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1981)

Telecommunications and health (ITU / WHO)World Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1982

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1982)

Telecommunications and international cooperationWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1983

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1983) / World Communications Year (WCY 1983)

One world, one networkWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1984

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1984)

Telecommunications: expanding horizonsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1985

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1985)

Telecommunications for developmentWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1986

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1986)

Partners in progress: governments, operating entities, manufacturers and usersWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1987

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1987)

Telecommunications in the service of nationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1988

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1988)

The transfer of technological know-how in the age of electronicsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1989

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1989)

International cooperationWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1990

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1990)

Telecommunications and industrial developmentWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1991

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1991)

Telecommunications and safety of human lifeWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1992

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1992)

Telecommunications and space: new horizonsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1993

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1993)

Telecommunications and human developmentWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1994

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1994)

Telecommunication and culture (ITU / UNESCO)World Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1995

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1995)

Telecommunications and the environmentWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1996

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1996)

Telecommunication and sportWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1997

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1997)

Telecommunications and humanitarian assistanceWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1998

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1998)

Trade in telecommunicationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

1999

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 1999)

Electronic commerceWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2000

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2000)

Mobile communicationsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2001

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2001)

The Internet: challenges, opportunities and prospectsWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2002

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2002)

ICT for all: empowering people to cross the Digital DivideWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2003

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2003)

Helping all of the world’s people to communicateWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2004

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2004)

ICTs: leading the way to sustainable developmentWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2005

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2005)

Creating an equitable Information Society: Time for ActionWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2006

World Information Society Day (WISD 2006)

First World Information Society DayWorld Information Society Day (WISD)

2006

World Telecommunication Day (WTD 2006)

Promoting global cybersecurityWorld Telecommunication Day (WTD)

2007

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2007)

Connecting the young: the opportunities of ICTWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2008

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2008)

Connecting persons with disabilities: ICT opportunities for allWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2009

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2009)

Protecting children in cyberspaceWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2010

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2010)

Better city, better life with ICTsWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2011

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2011)

Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTsWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2012

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2012)

Women and Girls in ICTWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2013

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2013)

ICTs and improving road safetyWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2014

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2014)

Broadband for Sustainable DevelopmentWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2015

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2015)

Telecommunications and ICTs: Drivers of innovationWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2016

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016)

ICT entrepreneurship for social impactWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2017

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2017)

Big Data for Big ImpactWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2018

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2018)

Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for AllWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2019

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2019)

Bridging the standardization gapWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2020

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2020)

Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2021

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2021)

Accelerating digital transformation in challenging timesWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

2022

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2022)

Digital technologies for older persons and healthy ageingWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)
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