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UNESCO has prominent role in WSIS, says General Conference

21-10-2005 (Paris)
Unanimous support to UNESCO’s active involvement in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and its focus on knowledge societies was given by the Organization's General Conference at its 33rd Session yesterday in Paris.
The General Conference, meeting for its 33rd Session, adopted a Resolution providing a mandate to the Director-General for UNESCO's participation in post-WSIS implementation mechanisms and for the development of any follow-up coordination mechanism to mobilize partners and resources, consistent with the outcome of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (Tunis, Tunisia, 16-18 November 2005).

In particular, the Member States endorsed UNESCO’s mandate and competence to act as a facilitator for the implementation of the Action Lines: “Access to information and knowledge”; “Capacity-building”; “E-learning and e-science (under ‘ICT applications’)”; “Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content”; “Media”, and “Ethical dimensions of the information society” included in the Plan of Action adopted at the first phase of WSIS, in December 2003, in Geneva.

The Member States also stressed the prominent roles of UNESCO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in the coordination of the implementation of the WSIS Plan of Action, both at the Action Line level, and as needed in any overarching coordination mechanism or process and/or at the United Nations inter-agency level.
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