2024 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: An African Health Economist, Dr Eric Oluedo, has advised Africans to adopt Digital Mindset to embrace Digital Innovation for Sustainable Developments. In his 64th Birthday message yesterday, Dr Oluedo who is also a Member of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Governing Council, insisted that Digital innovation is the best Weapon to fight world’s most pressing challenges: Climate Change, Hunger and Poverty.

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2024 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, May 17.

World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.

World Information Society Day was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations: Resolution (A/RES/60/252) in March 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated every year on 17 May.

However, in November 2006, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, decided to celebrate both events on 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. May 17 also marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The Theme for 2024 World Telecommunication Day is “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development.”
Digital innovation can help tackle the world’s most pressing challenges
From fighting climate change to eliminating hunger and poverty, digital technologies can help achieve 70% of targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Now more than ever, building a sustainable future demands innovative thinking and action in the digital world.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2024 offers the chance to explore how digital innovation can help connect everyone and unlock sustainable prosperity for all.

With 2.6 billion people still unconnected, glaring digital gaps hinder innovation across much of the world. Many countries – lacking key policies, investments, and digital skills – are struggling to keep up in today’s fast-changing digital landscape.

WTISD 2024 reminds the world of the progress yet to be made to ensure that everyone can benefit from digital technologies.

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