Regional Follow-up to the Outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society

Details of the organization
UNESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
International organizations

Information about the project
Regional Follow-up to the Outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society
In order to propel the WSIS momentum forward, ESCWA organised, during June 2009, a conference entitled "Regional Follow-up to the Outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society.” Attended by more than 275 participants, the conference took place in Damascus, Syria. This all-encompassing gathering provided a forum for various WSIS stakeholders to discuss and review the progress made towards the implementation of the 11 WSIS action lines, the Regional Plan of Action (RPoA), the Arab ICT Strategy as well as national ICT strategies and plans of action. The main outcomes of the conference included an update of the RPoA and the adoption of the “Damascus Proclamation for the Promotion of the Arab Knowledge Society for Sustainable Economic and Social Development.”
Regional implementation
Completed from 16/06/2009 to 18/06/2009
ITU; UNESCO; Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology; IDRC; Microsoft; Cisco; Syrian Telecom; Syrian Computer Society

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
      * ICT for sustainable development
      * National e-strategies
      * Partnerships
* Information and communication infrastructure
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
* Enabling environment
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
      * E-government
         * E-government strategies
         * E-government systems
         * Measuring e-government
      * E-business
         * SME competitiveness
         * Technology and innovation
      * E-learning
* Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
* Media
* Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
* International and regional cooperation
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Promote gender equality & empower women
  • Improve maternal health
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • WSIS Thematic Meeting
  • Conference
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No