First UNESCO World Report : “Towards Knowledge Societies”The rise of “knowledge societies” is the subject of the UNESCO World Report to be launched by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura at a press conference at Organization Headquarters on November 3 in the presence of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. The work is the first in a new series of UNESCO reports, to be published every two years, focusing on subjects at the heart of the Organization’s mission such as cultural diversity and sustainable development.
Towards Knowledge Societies clearly makes the distinction between knowledge societies and the information society. While the information society is based on technological breakthroughs, knowledge societies “encompass broader social, ethical and political dimensions.” The report focuses in particular on the foundations on which knowledge societies that will optimize sustainable human development are constructed.
The Report analyses the increasingly important role played by knowledge in economic growth and advances that it can serve as a new springboard for development in the countries of the South. It also presents a detailed analysis of the factors blocking the access of many countries to the opportunities offered by information and communication technologies, especially the growing digital divide and restrictions on freedom of expression. Finally, the report makes a series of recommendations to improve the situation.
The Report comes two weeks ahead of the second phase of the World Summit on Information Societies, which will be held in Tunis from November 16 to 18.
November 3, 11 a.m., Room IX,
Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the UN,
Jérôme Bindé, Director of the Report
Journalists wishing to attend require accreditation.
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Advance copies of the report are available on request.