In November 1981, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the year 1983 World Communications Year: Development of Communications Infrastructures.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was designated the lead UN Agency for the preparation and celebration, on a world-wide scale, of WCY 83, with responsibility for co-ordinating the inter-organizational aspects of the programmes and activities of other intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The UN Resolution invited Member States, UN specialized Agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations and users of communications services to participate actively in the fulfilment of the objectives of the Year and to cooperate closely with the ITU Secretary-General.
The Year was seen as an opportunity for a "quantum leap" in the development of a complete world communication network which will leave no one isolated from his local, national or international community. WCY focused on the development of communication infrastructures at the national level.
The growth of communication facilities varies greatly from country to country. In some it is minimal. In some it is extremely fast. In some it is haphazard. In some it is unbalanced. With no "master plan" to be imposed, the Year was an opportunity for realistic, national analysis, review and planning to most speedily and effectively meet the communications needs of each country.
Special attention was being given to the
communications needs of developing countries and the WCY promoted and
accelerated the achievement of the objectives of the Transport and
Communications Decade in
The speech by president Ronald Reagan on signing the World Communications
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.
Papua New Guinea
Union of Soviet Socialist
Extra stamp catalogue - reproduced stamps