World Telecommunications Day 2024

World Telecommunications Day 2024
World Telecommunications Day 2024

On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2024, experts highlight the crucial role of digital innovations in combating climate change and reducing poverty and hunger. Despite notable progress, 2.6 billion people remain unconnected, hindering global innovation. This annual event highlights the urgency of bridging the digital divide for a sustainable future.

Digital innovation in the face of global challenges

Digital technologies are now more than ever at the heart of solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges. Indeed, they have the potential to contribute to the achievement of 70% of the objectives set by the United Nations for sustainable development. Whether to fight climate change, eliminate hunger or reduce poverty, digital innovation offers concrete and effective responses.

A global call to bridge the digital divide

World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2024 highlights the digital disparities that persist. With 2.6 billion people still offline, many countries lack the digital policies, investments and skills essential to keep pace with rapid digital change. This day reminds us of the crucial importance of bridging this gap to allow everyone to benefit from digital technologies.

Actively participate in WTISD 2024

The celebration of the anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on May 17 will be marked by a “virtual hour” where experts will discuss the impacts of digital innovation on sustainable development. This debate, broadcast live from the ITU studio in Geneva, will be a unique opportunity to reflect on how digital innovations can strengthen sustainable development. Participants are invited to upload campaign materials, host their own WTISD events, or share their digital innovation stories to inspire the world.

History and significance of WTISD

Since 1969, May 17 has celebrated the founding of the ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention. In 2006, the day was redefined to also include Information Society Day, highlighting the importance of ICT and the challenges they represent for society. This annual celebration is a platform to stimulate the exchange of ideas and debate different aspects of the themes chosen by the ITU Council.

The urgency of action

The challenges exposed at WTISD 2024 are a poignant reminder of the urgency of digital action for a sustainable future. The number of unconnected people highlights a divide that only coordinated global action can resolve. The convergence between technology and sustainable development is no longer an option but an imperative necessity for the future of our planet.



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