“Information technology can be a beacon of hope, allowing billions of people around the world to connect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these connections… are more important than ever.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Every year since 1969, the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated, which marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865 when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.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.
The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020 (WTISD-20), “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” highlights the ICT advances for transition to smart and sustainable development. It focuses on specific ICT - enabled solutions and emerging trends for fostering economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The Connect 2030 Agenda is a shared global vision for the development of the telecommunication or ICT sector. Under its five strategic goals: Growth, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, Innovation, and Partnership.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by UNGA Resolution A/70/1 recognises that the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress and to bridge the digital divide.
The World Assembly of Youth at the centre of youth service organises year-round events to tackle youth issues. Now in a situation like COVID-19 pandemic, the use of information technology becomes even more important for young people to stay updated on the news and getting to know about their loved ones in the absence of any physical connection. On this day, we celebrate by highlighting the use of communication and positive exchanges through technology.
Let us bringing equality in achieving sustainable development with the use of advanced technology.