Theme 2019 ITU: Bridging the standardization gap
year, ITU celebrate the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and
Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969. The Day
marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865 when the first International Telegraph
Convention was signed in Paris.
standards is a fundamental pillar of ITU's mission as the specialized agency of
the United Nations for information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU
standards help accelerate ICTs for all Sustainable Development Goals.
2019 theme will allow ITU Membership and other key stakeholders to focus on
the opportunities for:
participation of developing countries in ITU's standards-making process;
* empowering local experts in the
standardization process at the national, regional and international levels; and
* promoting the implementation of
international standards in developing countries.
the Standardization Gap (BSG) is a fundamental part of ITU's mission to
connect the world. BSG is also one of the 5 strategic objectives
of ITU’s standardization sector (ITU-T). The overarching goal of the BSG
programme is to address the disparities in the ability of developing
countries, relative to developed ones, to access, implement and influence
ITU's international standards. In this context, the BSG programme
aims to facilitate the efficient participation of developing countries in ITU's
standards-making process, to disseminate information about existing standards,
and to assist developing countries in the implementation of standards.
ITU and its Membership work continuously on standards for telecommunication
networks and services and radiocommunication services. This year, the theme of
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 'Bridging the
standardization gap', celebrates how different countries, including a growing
number of developing countries, are contributing and participating
in standards-setting for different digital
technologies, and how ITU standards are accelerating greater and more
widespread use of ICTs for all Sustainable Development Goals. National
celebrations and workshops will showcase relevant initiatives for ICT standards
to improve the lives of people and communities around the world. This year also
marks the milestone of the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and
Information Society Day, which has been celebrated annually since 1969.
ITU invites all to organize activities in their countries to mark
WTISD-2019 to raise awareness of the importance of getting more countries
involved in "Bridging the standardization gap"
through ICT standards.