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Union Minister of Telecom has represented India at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2021.
About World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2021(WSIS):
- World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS) is one of the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community.
- The UN General Assembly approved the holding of WSIS in two phases. One in 2003 at Geneva and the other in 2005 at Tunis.
- Aim: WSIS’s chief aim is to bridge the global digital divide separating rich countries from poor countries. The WSIS aims to achieve this by increasing internet accessibility in the developing world.
- Organized by: The summit is co-organized by International Telecommunication Union(ITU), UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD.
About International Telecommunication Union(ITU):
- International Telecommunication Union(ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
- It was originally established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union. It is one of the oldest international organizations in operations.
- Members: It is open to all Member States of the United Nations. There are currently 193 Member States of the ITU. This includes all the UN member states except the Republic of Palau.
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland