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World Development Information Day on October 24

World Development Information Day is held annually on October 24. The day concentrates on improving the dissemination of information and mobilizing public opinion, especially among youth.
Children performing at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. PHOTO: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

World Development Information Day is held annually on October 24. The day concentrates on improving the dissemination of information and mobilizing public opinion, especially among youth.

The aim of improving information dissemination and the mobilization of public opinion is to make awareness of development problems. When the world gives its attention to the issues of development, countries worldwide are obliged to solve such problems.

The General Assembly deems that information and communication technologies are vital to solving development problems in the context of globalization. New solutions to development challenges have the potential to promote economic growth, increase access to information and knowledge, improve social inclusion, and eradicate poverty.

In 2016, world leaders launched their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 17 sustainable development goals include the following elements.

  1. To end poverty
  2. To end hunger and improve sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being
  4. Ensure inclusive and quality education
  5. Achieve gender equality
  6. Ensure the availability of water and sanitation
  7. Ensure access to affordable energy
  8. Build resilient infrastructure
  9. Reduce inequality
  10. Make all cities inclusive and safe
  11. Ensure sustainable consumption
  12. Combat climate change
  13. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans and marine resources
  14. Protect and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems
  15. Promote peaceful societies and provide access to justice
  16. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
  17. To achieve all of these goals, the UN needs to implement improved communication and information dissemination. World leaders hope that improvements in modern technology will also help to achieve these goals.

Way of Observing World Development Information Day

The United Nations (UN) celebrates various events that center on the problems of development and achieving their sustainable development goals. These events comprise educational seminars and conferences. Since the focus is on information, many events focus on journalists working across various media outlets.

To take part in World Development Information Day, think of how you can do your part to achieve some of the sustainable development goals in your community. Discuss the importance of getting the word out and garnering public opinion to achieve specific goals. Think about the way how improvements in technology and communication assist global development. Make awareness on social media with #WorldDevelomentInformationDay

History of World Development Information Day

The United Nations recognized World Development Information Day in 1972. The date came out from the decision of the Assembly to make the day coincide with United Nations Day. The observation of both days is on October 24. It falls on the same date that in 1970, the UN adopted the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.

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