Telecommunications in the Eighties

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Change and Transition

United Nations Telecommunications Year

The chinese name their years for animals. In Peking, this is the Year of the Boar. The United Nations uses a different system: it picks out issues of international concern and devotes a full year to their consideration. For example, 1974 was World Population Year, 1975 was International Women's Year, and 1981 was the Year of the Child.

In the U.N.'s scheme of things, 1983 is World Communications Year. The United Nations and its related agencies, ranging from the International Telecommunication Union to the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNESCO and the World Health Organization,1 will undertake a series of projects this year to promote the establishment and improvement of communications systems around the world. “In recent years,” said a U.N. ...

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