World Development Information Day is on October 24, and we’re here to show you how you can observe the day in an amazing way. It has been 49 years since it was proclaimed in the United Nations General Assembly that October 24 would be observed as World Development Information Day. This day was created to raise awareness about development roadblocks in many nations and how to overcome them. This awareness often leads to younger people coming up with clever, inexpensive ideas to solve development problems.
History of World Development Information Day
In 1964, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established. The motto behind establishing this organization was to deal with development and trade issues in various countries. UNCTAD also dealt with transport, finance, and technology.
The main reason UNCTAD was developed was that there were concerns over international markets, multinational corporations, and the difference between developed nations and other nations. The UNCTAD was developed so that countries would have a platform to discuss problems regarding economic development and other problems. It was observed that existing institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund were not adequate to solve some development issues in developing countries.
In 1972, UNCTAD passed a resolution for the creation of World Development Information Day to raise awareness about development and trade issues all over the world. October 24 was the date decided for World Development Information Day as it coincides with United Nations Day as development is one of the major works of the United Nations. The interpretation of the meaning of the day varies. For example, recently the day has been viewed as a day to find solutions to trade and development issues using modern technology, telephones, and the internet. Hence, more young people are encouraged to further work in this sector.
World Development Information Day timeline
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is established.
The International Development Society for the Second Nations Development Decade is adopted.
UNCTAD proposes a resolution to create World Development Information Day
The United Nations General Assembly declares that October 24 will be observed as World Development Information Day.
World Development Information Day FAQs
What was the theme of World Development Information Day in 2020?
“Information and Communications Technologies — New Solutions to Development Challenges” was the theme of World Development Information Day 2020.
What is meant by sustainable development?
According to the Brundtland Commission Report, sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
What are the different sections of development?
Governance, healthcare, foreign aid, education, gender equality, human rights, and environment are some concepts of development.
How To Observe World Development Information Day
Take part in discussions
On this day, the United Nations organizes events and debates on a variety of forums. Engage in these conversations so that you learn more about sustainable development.
Develop your community
Think about ways you can help your community grow. You can discuss with the members of your community about solving issues regarding development and how your community can grow effectively.
Make social media posts
Many don't realize the importance of this day. Make blog posts or social media posts so that more people come to know about this day and more awareness is spread across the community.
5 Facts About Developing Countries That Will Blow Your Mind
There are 166 developing countries
The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry found out that there are 166 developing countries in the world today.
Resources are limited
According to WHO, health and nutrition resources are minimal in developing countries.
Women are more prone to suffer violence
According to the WHO, women in developing countries are 35% more likely to be subjected to domestic violence.
They have less electricity
It was found that 79% of the people living in developing countries don't have electricity.
There is more water pollution
According to the U.N. and WHO, more people die due to the consumption of unsafe water in developing countries compared to developed countries.
Why World Development Information Day Is Important
There are many issues regarding development in underprivileged countries
Many countries still don't have basic amenities and resources. This day is a reminder to take the responsibility of growing our community and at the same time helping others develop as well.
It is one of the areas the U.N. focuses on the most
The United Nations views development as one of its major objectives. That is the reason behind selecting a date for World Development Information Day, which coincides with U.N. Day.
It is a day to learn more
This day provides us with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the problems related to development across the world. Use this day to learn more about how you can contribute to society and the world.
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