World Development Information Day on Thursday

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) World Development Information Day will be observed on October 24 to draw worldwide public opinion towards development problems and the need for strengthening international cooperation to solve these problems.

Many events are being organized to draw worldwide attention towards the UN works, particularly with regard to problems of trade and development. Many of these are aimed at journalists working for a range of media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines and Internet sites.

Direct campaigns may also be organised in some areas. These may use advertisements in newspapers and on radio and television as well as posters in public places.

On May 17, 1972, the UN Conference on Trade and Development proposed measures for the information dissemination and the mobilization of public opinion relate to trade and development problems. These became known as resolution 3038 (XXVII), which was passed by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 1972.

This resolution called for introducing World Development Information Day to help draw the attention of people worldwide to development problems. A further aim of the event is to explain to the general public why it is necessary to strengthen international cooperation to find ways to solve these problems.

The UN General Assembly also decided that the day should coincide with United Nations Day to stress the central role of development in the UN’s work. World Development Information Day was first held on October 24, 1973, and has been held on this date each year since then.

In recent years, many events have interpreted the title of the day slightly differently. These have concentrated on the role that modern information technologies, such as Internet and mobile phones can play important role in alerting people and finding solutions to problems of trade and development.

One of the aims of World Development Information Day was to inform and motivate young people to help further this aim.