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50th anniversary of World Telecommunication & Information Society Day, 17 May 2019

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Theme 2019: Bridging the standardization gap

This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969. The Day marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865 when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.

Setting standards is a fundamental pillar of ITU's mission as the specialized agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU standards help accelerate ICTs for all Sustainable​ Development Goals.

​​​​​The 2019 theme will allow ITU Membership and other key stakeholders to f​ocus on the opportunities for:

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WTISD-19 celebrations around the world

At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018, ITU Member States approved an update of Resolution 123 (from 2007) to promote the increased participation of developing countries in ITU’s standardization process with a view to bridging the standardization gap.

We invite
to organize activities in your country to mark WTISD-2019 and encourage you to involve all sections of society to help bridge the standardization gap.

Thank you for your engagement. 

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