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50 years at a glance.

1964

ITC begins operations in Villa Le Bocage, Geneva, with a staff of five.

The first edition of Trade Forum.

1964

United States President Johnson signs Economic Opportunity Act.

1969

First man lands on the moon.

1970

1st Earth Day held internationally to conserve natural resources

1970

ITC's annual technical cooperation programme hits the US$ 1 million mark for the first time.

1973

ITC is designated as the United Nations focal point for technical assistance and export promotion.

1973

First portable cell phone call made in New York City.

1974

Population doubles since 1927 to 4 billion, 14 years after reaching 3 billion.

1975

Helsinki accord on human right signed.

1978

ITC's annual technical Cooperation programme Hits US$10 million for the First time.

1979

OPEC doubles its share in the receipts from the sale of oil, triggering recession and borrowing.

1981

AIDS virus identified.

1981

ITC's new headquarters in Geneva is officially inaugurated.

1983

The United Nations Development Programme grants executive agency status to ITC.

1987

World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainable development.

1988

ITC shifts focus to training and capacity-building programmes.

1989

Fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union leads to the end of the Cold War.

1990

Extra-budgetary funds from donors fuel more than 70% of ITC's annual expenditures.

1990

The World Wide Web is created, along with the first ever web page and web browser.

1992

The European Union comes into being with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in the Netherlands, creating the Euro currency and triggering a major shift in internal border policies.

1992

ITC's annual technical cooperation programme hits US$ 20 million for the first time.

1995

ITC sets out a strategic 'roadmap' to chart new responses to a changing trade landscape, including the new World Trade Organization.

1995

Yahoo and eBay are founded.

1999

First Executive Forum, later renamed World Export Development Forum, is held on 'Redefining Trade Promotion'.

1999

The 6 billionth person populating the Earth is born.

2001

Terrorists attack New York's World Trade Centre, causing economic and political instability for the coming years.

2004

Spirit and Opportunity of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission lands on Mars.

2004

ITC launches 'best practice' awards for trade promotion organizations.

2008

The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression starts and affects the whole world. Oil prices hit a record high.

2008

Online Market Analysis Tools become free for users in developing countries.

2011

US$ 87 million in annual Expenditure, highest to date.

2011

Arab Spring heralds a series of revolutions in the different Arab region states.

2012

Death of lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise.

2014

Annual expenditure planned at US$ 91.7 million, with 146 active projects and a staff of 281.
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Title Annotation:ITC HISTORY
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