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Consultation Meeting on the Latin American and Caribbean WSIS Process

09-05-2005 (Quito)
The Government of Ecuador, UNESCO and UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) contributed to the preparation of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) by organizing a consultation meeting on the Latin American and Caribbean WSIS process in conjunction with the Tenth Biannual Consultation for UNESCO’s INFOLAC Programme. The meeting took place in Ecuador’s capital Quito from 4 to 6 May 2005.
During the meeting, that also contributed to the Regional Preparatory Ministerial Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean of the second phase of the World Summit (8-10 June 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) participants presented contributions to the Regional Action Plan eLAC 2007, which will be approved at the Regional Preparatory Ministerial Conference in June.

eLAC 2007 is a set of initiatives and concrete activities, with measurable goals for the development of the Information Society for the year 2007, based on the WSIS Plan of Action and the Bavaro Declaration.

The consultative meetings are open for the participation of members of INFOLAC, governments of GRULAC, international organizations and organisms of the United Nations, civil society, research institutions and representatives of the private sector.

The agenda of the Quito meeting included five sets of topics: national Information Society strategies, infrastructure and access, knowledge-sharing, public service applications and enabling environment.

The INFOLAC Programme was established in 1982. Since 1986, high-level government representatives of the 28 Latin American and Caribbean member States had the opportunity to participate in consultative meetings every two years to coordinate efforts of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, elaborate policies and strategies to topics that fall under Information and Knowledge Society development and make recommendations to UNESCO to set up necessary activities in reaction to regional priorities.
Related themes/countries

      · Ecuador: News Archive
      · Latin America/Caribbean: News Archive 2005
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