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17 May – World Telecommunication Day

Published on May 17, 2024
Current Context: World Telecommunication Day is Celebrated annually on May 17 to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.
17 May – World Telecommunication Day
  • Purpose: To raise awareness about the potential of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) to advance societies and economies, and to bridge the digital divide.
  • WTISD 2024 Theme: The theme for WTISD 2024 is “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development”.
  • Role of Digital Innovation: Emphasizes the crucial role of digital innovation in promoting sustainable development worldwide.
  • Potential of Digital Technologies: Digital technologies can help achieve about 70% of the targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
  • Digital Disparities: Significant disparities in digital access and adoption exist across different parts of the world.
  • Need for New Solutions: A holistic approach to digital innovation is needed that spans different countries and regions, sectors, and industries.
  • Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Conditions that enable digital innovation and entrepreneurship are essential.


Q.1 When is World Telecommunication Day celebrated annually?
a. May 15
b. May 19
c. May 17
d. May 21
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