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
The WSIS Regional Conference is organized jointly by the Government of Brazil and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
|| WSIS Regional Preparatory Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean
|| 8 - 10 June 2005
|| Hotel Glória, Rua do Russel, 632 Bairro da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Side events at the Museu da República.
|| Develop Regional Declaration and Action Plan for input to WSIS Phase II in Tunis
|| Latin American and Caribbean states, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. Keynote address by Mr Roberto
Blois, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU.