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MEDIA ADVISORY: WSIS Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, 8 - 10 June 2005, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Geneva, 6 June 2005 - The High Level Regional Conference in preparation for the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 8-10 June 2005.

It will provide an opportunity for representatives of Latin America and the Caribbean to approve a Regional Declaration oriented towards sustainable development, digital inclusion and regional solidarity, and to formulate a Regional Action Plan focusing on initiatives and concrete activities as well as measurable goals based on the WSIS Plan of Action.

Concurrently, seminars will be organized enlisting multi-stakeholder participation from civil society, academia and the private sector on topics of relevance for building the Information Society.

Discussions are expected to focus on the following topics:

  • Digital inclusion and development
  • Reduction of inter-connection costs on the Internet 
  • Free and open source software
  • Internet governance 
  • Financing mechanisms and the Digital Solidarity Fund
  • E-government

The WSIS Regional Conference is organized jointly by the Government of Brazil and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

What: WSIS Regional Preparatory Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean
When: 8 - 10 June 2005
Where: Hotel Glória, Rua do Russel, 632 Bairro da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Side events at the Museu da República.
Why: Develop Regional Declaration and Action Plan for input to WSIS Phase II in Tunis
Who: Latin American and Caribbean states, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. Keynote address by Mr Roberto Blois, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU. 


For further information:
Mr Cícero Tobias de Oliveira Freitas
Secretary of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil
Tel: +55 61 411 6565/+55 61 411 6179
Fax: +55 61 225 2475
E-mail: contact


For further information about the World Summit on the Information Society contact:
Mr Sanjay Acharya
Communication Officer
WSIS Executive Secretariat
Tel: +41 22 730 5046
Email: contact  



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