The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTDEE) is to increase awareness of the opportunities that societies and countries can use to use the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICT), as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.
May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1969.
2019 Theme: Bridging the Standardization Gap
The development of international standards is one of the fundamental principles of the ITU mission as a specialized agency of the United Nations in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). ITU standards are helping to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals using ICT.
The 2019 theme will give ITU members and other major stakeholders an opportunity to focus on the perspectives:
- the participation of developing countries in ITU standards development processes;
- empowering local experts in the standardization process at the national, regional and international levels; and
- promoting the use of international standards in developing countries.

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