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UNESCO organizes consultations on post-WSIS action in October in Paris and Beijing

24-07-2006 (Paris)
Partnerships for implementing action lines concerning access to information and knowledge, ethics, e-learning, e-science and media that the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) adopted in Geneva, in 2003, are expected to be forged at five meetings that UNESCO organizes from 16 to 22 October in Paris and Beijing.
The action lines that the five consultations will cover are: access to information and knowledge, ethical dimension of the Information Society, e-learning, e-science and media. For all of them, UNESCO was assigned the role of an “interim focal point”.

The meetings are intended to facilitate the initial contacts and sharing of information among multi stakeholders on their priorities and expertise in the implementation of each Action Line. Also on the agenda is the establishment of a team of stakeholders for each Action Line including the nomination of a facilitator for each team. Stakeholders are also expected to agree on the working methods of the multi stakeholder teams, including their activities and expected outcomes.

The meetings are open to all WSIS stakeholders interested and involved in the implementation process in the field of each Action Line. Stakeholders interested in participating are invited to register online.

The consultation meetings on access to information and knowledge, ethical dimension of the Information Society, e-learning and media are taking place from 16 to 19 October 2006 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, whereas the meeting on e-science is being organized on 22 October 2006 in Beijing, China, in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA).

Discussions on implementing the Geneva Plan of Action in the area of cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content already started with a UNESCO organized consultation meeting on 12 May 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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