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 Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Developing countries risk missing out on the benefits of information technology because of their lack of broadband infrastructure, a U.N. agency said.

Lack of broadband Internet access deprives countries of the possibility of building up offshoring industries, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report late on Thursday. It also prevents people from tapping into all the advantages of mobile phones, whose use is exploding in poor countries. "What is known as the broadband gap for example is becoming a serious handicap for companies in many poor countries," he told a briefing to launch UNCTAD's Information Economy Report.

 

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:19:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 15, 2009

After a two weeks meeting in Bonn Germany, it appears that an ambitious and effective global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is in sight.

A big achievement of this meeting is that governments have made it clearer what they want to see in the Copenhagen agreed outcome,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.The Copenhagen outcome is to follow on the first phase of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012. The negotiating text under consideration covers issues of a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, enhanced action on adaptation, mitigation and finance, as well as technology and capacity-building.

The gathering in Germany, which brought together more than 4,600 participants from government, business and industry, environmental groups and research institutions, was the second in a series of five major UN negotiating sessions slated for this year ahead of Copenhagen. The next meeting is scheduled to be held from 10 to 14 August in Bonn, followed by sessions in Bangkok from 28 September to 9 October and Barcelona from 2 to 6 November.

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Monday, June 15, 2009 4:31:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, April 10, 2009

ITU is pleased to announce the launch of its 2009 Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition.

The 2009 ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition is open to current students and recent graduates in economics, political science, law, literature, telecommunications, computer science, information systems and related fields between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. The winners of the 2009 Essay Competition will be offered the opportunity of a consultancy contract within the ITU Development Sector's ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division for three months. The winners will be given a contribution towards the cost of an economy class flight from their place of residence. In addition, they will be paid the sum of CHF 6000 towards living expenses for the duration of the contract.

To enter the competition you need to submit an essay on one of the following essay topics:

  • Mobiles for Development: Enabling Low-Cost e-Applications for Rural and Remote Areas (e-Health, e-Government, e-Environment)
  • Protecting Children and Youth in the Internet and Mobile Age: Innovative Technical and Social Solutions
  • Connecting the World Responsibly: Empowering Women and Girls Through Creative Uses of ICTs
  • Personal Information Online (internet/mobiles): Responding to User Safety Concerns

All applications should be submitted online through the competition website.

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2009.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and wish you the best of luck in the competition!

 

Friday, April 10, 2009 7:17:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ITU, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, is hosting a workshop on 28-30 November 2007 entitled ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Applications for Rural Communication Development. The workshop is held in Bali, Indonesia.

The description of the event, draft agenda, invitation letter, and practical information for meeting participants are available on the event website.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 1:52:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2007

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) last Friday launched a project aimed at helping farmers in Gabon diversify their incomes by developing and marketing new products from staple crops and by obtaining better access to value chains for products with significant market potential. The project aims to directly benefit 28,000 farmers, half of whom are women and a third young people.

Through training, farmer exchange visits and a new market information system, the project will also help farmers’ organizations better defend the economic interests of their members and market their goods more efficiently, according to IFAD's press release.

Monday, October 29, 2007 4:43:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2007

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 28 September launched a new interactive web-based site, underscoring the important role information and communication technology (ICT) can play in promoting agriculture and rural development. Users can exchange experiences, opinions and good practices on the platform, http://www.e-agriculture.org/, which was developed by the FAO and its partners.

The platform is part of the Community of Expertise - a global initiative to boost sustainable agricultural development and food security through increased use of ICT –that includes policymakers, rural service providers, development practitioners, farmers, researchers and ICT specialists.

"We are confident that the e-agriculture Community of Expertise will help facilitate further global discussions and decisions facing farmers, Governments and the international community at large related to the role that ICT can have in agriculture and rural development," said the Director of FAO's Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Division, Anton Mangstl.

More than 3,400 people from 135 countries participated in an online survey and in virtual forums to help develop the platform.

Although the digital divide is shrinking, only 18 per cent of the global population has access to the Internet. The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that one billion people worldwide - most of whom depend in some way on agriculture for their livelihoods - still lack connection of any kind to ICT.

To access the press release from the United Nations News Centre, click here

For more information on e-agriculture activities related to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), click here

Monday, October 01, 2007 11:32:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 10, 2007

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) accepted the role and responsibilities of facilitating activities related to the action line under C.7 ICT Applications - e-Agriculture at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up meetings held in February 2006 in Geneva.

In May 2007, a pilot web-based platform, www.e-agriculture.org was launched providing a dynamic space for those interested in shaping e-agriculture policies and practices to network, share information, experiences, and opinions, and to find out about new and useful systems, tools, and methodologies.

From 12 September to 3 October 2007, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) invites all e-Agriculture Community members to participate in its online consultation on "Opening Access to CGIAR Research and Knowledge: From Data, Information and Collaboration to Food" at the online forum. The objective is to make it easier for CGIAR staff, partners and potential partners to access, use and add value to the research and to the scientific outputs of the CGIAR.

With the objective to support the use of ICTs and knowledge management in the agricultural sector, a strategy has been drafted on global public goods.

  • Integrated access to global public goods stewarded by the CGIAR (technical standards/portal work);
  • Networking and capacity building to ensure the best possible linkages between CGIAR, NARS and other partners for public goods generation and sharing;
  • Value-added information products and services.
Monday, September 10, 2007 5:38:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |