The UN established World Development Information Day in 1972, through its General Assembly and taking as a reference the approval of the document called “International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade”, on the October 24 1970.
The UN manifests itself “aware that, in recent years, considerable and important progress has been achieved in terms of access to communication and information technologies globally”, but raises a warning about what still lacks, since “ there is still work to be done to reduce the existing digital divide and make information and communication technologies available to everyone”.
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly also recognized that information and communication technologies “have the potential to provide new solutions to development problems, particularly in the context of globalization. They can also promote economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, the eradication of poverty and social inclusion; factors that contribute to accelerating the integration of all countries, especially that of developing countries and, in particular, that of the least developed countries in the global economy”.
However, it also expresses its concern about the digital divide in access to information and communication technology tools and connectivity to broadband networks between countries that are at different levels of development.
The intention of the United Nations with this World Day is to draw the attention of international public opinion to development problems and the need to intensify cooperation to solve them.