Ministers will discuss 'knowledge societies' at UNESCOGovernment ministers and deputy ministers will exchange ideas and experiences about the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to boost development when they gather at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room X) on October 9 and 10, as part of the 32nd session of the Organization’s General Conference. They will also discuss the principles that should, according to UNESCO, underpin the emergence of knowledge societies: freedom of expression, access to education, universal access to information, and cultural and linguistic diversity.
The Ministerial Roundtable is part of UNESCO’s preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society, to be held in Geneva (December 9-10, 2003) and in Tunis in November 2005. In the preparation for the Summit, UNESCO is stressing its preference for the concept of knowledge societies – a pluralistic concept founded on human rights, rather than that of information society, which focuses primarily on technology and infrastructure. Knowledge societies emphasize the empowering use of ICT for social cultural, and economic development. The ministers will also discuss the opportunities provided by ICT to transform societies and achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the international community in September 2000.
|Source||Media advisory No 2003 - 81|
|Editorial Contact:||Roni Amelan : Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section. Tel: +33 (0)1 4568-1650|
|Publication Date||06 Oct 2003|