United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Press Conference with UNESCO Director-General and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will give a press conference at UNESCO Headquarters on November 17 (Room II, at 11.30 a.m.) following the signing of a Cooperation Agreement.



Mr Matsuura has qualified the agreement as “an opportunity for UNESCO to put into practice the international strategic partnership advocated by the United Nations to bridge the digital divide.”

The agreement defines eight areas in which UNESCO and Microsoft will work together, exchanging experience, know-how and developing projects:

  • education and learning;
  • community access and development;
  • cultural and linguistic diversity and preservation;
  • digital inclusion and capacity;
  • exchange and promotion of best practices on the use of ICT for socio-economic development;
  • fostering web-based communities of practice including content development, knowledge sharing and empowerment through participation;
  • facilitating exchange of information and of software applications;
  • sharing expertise and strategies.

    The agreement with Microsoft is part of UNESCO’s cooperation with a growing coalition of private sector stakeholders, such as Intel, l’Oréal, DaimlerChrysler and Hewlett Packard.


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    Author(s) UNESCOPRESS
    Source Media Advisory No.2004-75
    Website 1 (URL) More on UNESCO and open source software
    Editorial Contact: Journalists wishing to attend the press conference must request accreditation from UNESCO’s Press Relations Section - ‘phone +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48 fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 56 52
    - Email i.le-fournis@unesco.org
    Publication Date 03 Nov 2004
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