ITU and UNESCO will
hold a Global Symposium on Promoting the
Multilingual Internet in Geneva
from 9 - 11 May 2006.
is open to any organization or individual from a country which is a
member of ITU or UNESCO, and is free of charge. Written contributions are
invited on the themes of the event and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
before than Tuesday 25 April 2006.
Agenda for the Information Society, adopted at the Tunis Phase of WSIS,
highlights the importance of multilingualism for bridging the digital divide.
It identifies ITU as taking the lead role in the implementation of information
and communication infrastructure (WSIS Tunis Agenda Action Line C2), ITU/UNESCO
for access to information and knowledge (WSIS Tunis Agenda Action Line C3), and
UNESCO for cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local
content (WSIS Tunis Agenda Action Line C8).
The symposium will examine
issues highlighted in paragraph 53 of the WSIS Tunis Agenda, including:
1 Options for advancing the process for the introduction of multilingualism in a
number of areas including domain names, email addresses and keyword look-up;
2 Options for implementing programmes, also in cooperation with other appropriate
organizations, that allow for the presence of multilingual domain names and
content on the internet and the use of various software models in order to
fight against the linguistic digital divide and ensure the participation of all
in the emerging new society;
3 Options for strengthening cooperation between relevant bodies for the further
development of technical standards and to foster their global deployment;
addition the event will review technical solutions and current experiences,
identify open issues and discuss a roadmap for further steps in the direction
of promoting multilingualism in the internet.
The draft agenda of the
Symposium, logistic details, background information and updates relating to the
event including the programme, presentations as well as details and practical
information will be available on the website at the following address: http://itu.int/ITU-T/worksem/multilingual/. Contributions
will be electronically available from the Symposium website in the language
received, for discussion at the meeting.