UNESCO to host intersessional meeting of the world summit on the information societyParis – UNESCO is to host the Intersessional Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society at Organization Headquarters on July 15-18. More than 800 participants - government representatives and observers from intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector - will attend the meeting, convened by the President of the Preparatory Committee of the Summit, Adama Sammassékou of Mali.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, will address the opening session of the meeting which aims to refine the draft Declaration of Principles and the draft Plan of Action1 that are to be adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)2, which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under the patronage of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and is due to take place in Geneva (December 10-12, 2003) and in Tunis (November 16-18, 2005).
UNESCO has taken a number of initiatives to promote these priorities. During the 32nd session of the General Conference of its Member States (September 29-October 17), UNESCO will organize a Ministerial Roundtable Meeting (October 9 and 10) at which ministers in charge of ICTs and information society-related issues will be able to examine these issues ahead of the World Summit.
Two texts that could serve as international standard setting instruments will furthermore be submitted for adoption to the General Conference of UNESCO:
Over a year of preparatory meetings, international consensus has emerged about the importance of harnessing the information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development of individuals and communities worldwide. Particular emphasis is being placed on improving access to the Internet in developing countries. Measures under discussion concern both infrastructure and content.
Lively debate is expected to take place about some of the issues included in the draft Declaration and Plan of Action as they stand today. They concern, for example, control of harmful content (websites promoting racial hate, paedophilia etc) and freedom of expression, security and human rights, and intellectual property rights.
Journalists wishing to cover the event should contact UNESCO’s Press Service for accreditation, Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48
|Source||Media Advisory No. 2003-63|
|Website 1 (URL)||1. Draft Plan of Action|
|Website 2 (URL)||2. World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)|
|Website 3 (URL)||3. Recommendation on the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace|
|Website 4 (URL)||4. UNESCO Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage|
|Editorial Contact:||Roni Amelan, Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section, Tel +33 (0)1 45 68 16 50|
|Publication Date||11 Jul 2003|