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Important Days – May 17 2016

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May 17,2016 is observed as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and World Hypertension Day

Important Days - May 17

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Theme: Information and Communication Technology(ICT) entrepreneurship for social impact

The Day being celebrated each year on 17 May to mark the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 which framed to the creation of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Role of Information and Communication Technology:

  • Ensuring Economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner from Start ups to SMEs
  • Development of ICT enabled solutions and make impact in Global, Regional and National Economies
  • Generate new jobs particularly for youth


Making align ITU with ICT for young entrepreneurs and SME’s, Start ups and technology to make use of practical solutions ensuring the International Sustainable development particularly focus on SME’s from developing Countries

Global Sustainable Development Agenda

Identifies the potential of Information and Communication technology to drive the Human Potential, make connection between Digital divide and advance knowledge

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Being observed on May 17 every year

Founder: Louis-Georges

Aims: To raise awareness of Laws affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender violations and generate interest in the rights

  • The date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.

World Hypertension Day

Founded by: World Hypertension League (WHL) which is consists of 85 national Hypertension Societies

Aim: To create the awareness of hypertension

First celebrated in 2005

Theme: Know your Numbers for the year 2013-2018