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|Bridging The Digital Divide: Strategy
- World Summit on the Information
Under the leadership of the ITU and with the objective of addressing
the key issues necessary to build a truly global information society,
WSIS will bring together world leaders, international organisations,
private sector and all major stake-holders. The objective of WSIS is
to create a global dialogue, adopt a common vision, and draw a
strategic plan for a concerted development of the global information
society where all countries and regions of the world will be active
participants. Scheduled for 2003, this ITU initiative is supported by
other United nations Agencies, the ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution and
backed by ITU Council 2000. For more information you may visit the
- Co-ordinate with ITU. The ITU
has taken a leadership role in bridging the digital divide by
implementing the Valletta Action Plan. It is imperative that other
multilateral initiatives aimed at reducing the digital divide be
carried out in co-ordination with the Valletta Action Plan. In
addition, with its 189 Member
States and core constituency of today's key Internet players, ITU
provides a global forum for all information communication technology
issues. As a specialised agency of the United Nations, the ITU
spearheaded the development and harmonisation of global
telecommunications networks and services to the benefit of all. All
international efforts to bridge the digital divide should be carried
out with the close collaboration of the three sectors of the ITU.
- Create A Universal Service Task
Force. A Universal Service Task Force could co-ordinate a
multilateral team to design strategies and policies aimed at the full
achievement of universal service. The Task Force would include
international organisations, regional organisations and the private
sector. The Task Force would be integrated as a UN initiative to
execute a Global Universal Service Fund.
Create A "Digital Divide"
Focal Point. Each organisation working to bridge the digital
divide should identify a "digital divide" focal point. Each
focal point should co-ordinate the efforts of the organisation he or
she represents so that resources can be pooled and activities carried
out in the most efficient means possible.
- Create Digital Divide Website.
This Website would include all UN-related activities to bridge the
digital divide and include links to activities of other entities such
as non-governmental organisations and the private sector.