• World Telecommunication Day, now called World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, is observed on May 17th under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • The theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2023 is “Enabling the least developed nations through information and communication technologies.”
  • World Telecommunications Day was established on May 17, 1969, to commemorate the founding of the ITU.


  • It was originally known as the International Telegraph Union.
  • The ITU was created with the signing of the inaugural International Telegraph Convention on May 17, 1865, in Paris.
  • In 1932, it changed its name to the International Telecommunication Union.
  • It became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1947.
  • HQ : Geneva, Switzerland


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