For decades now, the world has been celebrating its telecommunication day every year on May 17th. The date was chosen to match the day of founding the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first telegraph convention in Paris in 1865.The World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated every year since 1969. While it was called "The World Telecommunication Day" from 1969 and up to 2005, it was declared as the day to celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society (WTISD).
In November 2005. This day aims to raise awareness regarding the ITC sector advances, challenges, and issues around the world. The 17th of May mainly focuses on the changes that the human society has witnessed thanks to the technological advancements and how they make communications easier, more effective, and more accessible. One of the most celebrated achievements that happened on the World Telecommunication day of 2019, was enabling users to transfer their mobile lines from one service provider to another without losing their numbers. So, if you are not satisfied with your service provider, you can choose another one and keep your number unchanged!
While it takes visionaries to push for the future by creating new technologies and finding ways to implement those technologies to help improve everyday tasks for business entities as well as individuals, it takes only actions from the rest of us to push these technologies and make the implementation a reality. This is why the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day of 2020 is focusing on reaching its Sustainable Development Goals in its theme. Keep on reading to find out more about this day and the huge role technology is going to play in everyone's life in the coming years.
The theme of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020
The theme of the World Telecommunication Day in 2020 is: ICTs for sustainable development goals. In simpler words, the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day this year has the goal of using technology in achieving the development goals all around the world.
In his message to the world for the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day that is taking place on May 17th, 2020, the ITU Secretary-General asked everyone to join the ITU and help move the "ITU Connect 2030 Agenda", which is the name of the World Telecommunication Day 2020 theme, ahead. This Agenda, which is the theme of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020, aims to bridge the gap and show how the latest technological advancements such as the internet of Things, 5G, AI, Blockchain, and Intelligent Transport are able to advance the human progress overall as well as holding the potential for great economic development for the entire world.
Last year, in 2019, the theme of the World Telecommunication Day focused on harnessing the power of data and finding ways to use unstructured and complex data and turn it into usable and useful information that can advance the world economic and social development further. This theme was called "Bridging the standardization gap".
The World Telecommunication Day 2020 raises awareness
While the world is facing the pandemic of COVID-19 since the beginning of 2020, conspiracy theories escalated and the questioning voices, which are, for example, accusing the 5G technology of being a danger to people's health, have increased. This is why the ITU Connect 2030 Agenda couldn't be more timely to help the people of the world understand how technology is going to help improve their lives as it is one of the most powerful tools the world can use to achieve its sustainable development goals. While technologies as simple and available as the internet may seem as a given for the people for the first world, it is notable that almost 50% of the people around the world are not even using the internet and the growth of connectivity of the ICT is slowing down. This means that there are entire towns and perhaps even cities in the world where no one is connected to the internet and others whose relationship of technology is limited to electricity!
Since it is in the human nature to fear the unknown and assume the worst when it comes to new things including, of course, technology, it is justifiable that people who have no access to the internet or any sort of basic technology are fearing it and thinking that each and every new concept they hear about it going to harm them when, in fact, every technological advancement is meant to serve the human race and make the life of each individual around the world easier.
It couldn't be more obvious that the time is pressing for us all to push forward if we wish to benefit from these great technologies and connect everyone to the digital world and the digital economy. It is also crucial to make sure that those who are connected are more secure so that the digital economy is safe for all to connect to.
On the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day of the first year of the new decade, the ITU Secretary-General is asking everyone to help harness the communication and information technologies to reach the economic and social growth we all, as humans, hope to see in our world as there can never be a more holistic technological advancement than that which is inclusive of everyone, everywhere.
While the ITU is calling its members to focus on strategic and high-level goals in order for them to achieve and push the Connect 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is expected for those high-level targets to eventually help interconnect all of the entities and people of the world into the digital economy.
As the world moves forward, we all are recognizing the need to share the same global vision of the information society as it must be supported by a world that is interconnected with all the technologies that are already available as well as those that are yet to come.