Every 17 May, telecommunication administrations all over the world celebrate the World Telecommunication Day to commemorate the foundation of the International Telecommunication Union in 1865. The first WTD was celebrated in 1969.
Each member country celebrates at national level, implementing individually developed programmes to suit each country such as by organising drawing competitions, essay-writing competitions, exhibitions or open-day, radio quiz and tv forum.
Among others, the objectives of celebrating the World Telecommunication Day are:
· To upgrade the public's awareness of the important roles played by telecommunication in the social welfare and the socio-economic development of a country;
· To highlight the ITU's contributions towards the world's telecommunication development and growth.
The Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society designated WTD 2006 as 'World Information Society Day'.
In November 2006 the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference
Themes of World Telecommunication Day
1976 Telecommunication and mass media
1981 Telecommunication and health
1996 Telecommunication and sport
1997 Telecommunications and humanitarian assistance
1998 Trade in telecommunications
1999 Electronic commerce
2000 Mobile communications
2001 The Internet: challenges, opportunities and prospects
2002 ICT for all: empowering people to cross the digital divide
2003 Helping all of the world's people to communicate
2004 ICTs: leading the way to sustainable development
2005 Creating an Equitable Information Society: Time for Action
2006 Promoting global cyber security
Themes of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
2007 Connecting the young: the opportunities of ICT
2008 Connecting persons with disabilities: ICT opportunities for all
2009 Protecting children in cyberspace
The WISD on the ITU website.
Stamp catalogue - 1970
Niger 16 May 1970
Stamp catalogue - 1971
Stamp catalogue - 1972
Stamp catalogue - 1973
Stamp catalogue - 1975
Tunisia 17 May 1975
Stamp catalogue - 1977
Stamp catalogue - 1978
Stamp catalogue - 1979
Stamp catalogue - 1980
Stamp catalogue - 1981 - Telecommunication and health
Stamp catalogue - 1983