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Our common heritage: cultural diversity and sustainable development

The Millennium Declaration makes a commitment to protect all humanity, and especially future generations, from living on a planet irredeemably spoilt by human activities or where resources are no longer sufficient for needs. ICTs today play a central role in the global fight to reduce pollution while increasing environmentally-friendly economic development. Cultural and linguistic diversity is also an important part of our common heritage and, like the physical environment, is worthy of being cherished and protected. ICTs provide new channels for the expression of this diversity and for the worldwide dissemination of locally created content.

Relevant documents and links: 

·          UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the  Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace.

·        Indigenous Media Network, uniting the world's indigenous peoples in their common struggle. 

·         GreenNet, an NGO dedicated to supporting and promoting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights and the environment through the use of information and communication technologies. 

·        International Environmental Technology Centre, Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).

·         Joint ITU/WIPO Symposium on Multilingual Domain Names, ITU/WIPO, with materials on-line.

·         World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think tank for the protection of the earth and the improvement of people's lives.

·         The Environmental Portal of the The World Resources Institute (WRI.

·         The European Commission PRISMA Project, which aims to provide a systematic analysis and synthesis of the current and future impacts of new information and communication technologies on government services in Europe, including health,  environment, transport and tourism.  
- PRISMA Environment Pages

·         “Visions and Roadmaps for Sustainable Development in a Networked Knowledge Society “  (February 2002) , Report of a Workshop Co-chaired by the Presidents of the Brussels EU-Chapter of the Club of Rome and the “Factor 10 Institute”.

·         OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), Technology and Sustainable Development Division.

·         "Micro-macro linkages between ICT and sustainability: ICT investment and its managerial and environmental impacts in Japan"  , T. Jitsuzumi, H. Mitomo, H. Oniki, based on a presentation made at the conference, “Towards a Sustainable Information Society for the 21 st Century,” Brussels, Feb. 21-22, 2000.

·         ICTs and Sustainable Development, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal. 

·         Sustainable Development Department -  Information Technology for Development Division, of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB

·        Global e-sustainability Initiative, an initiative of ICT service providers and suppliers, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

·        Information and Communications Technology - Industry as a partner for sustainable development, a report of the  Global e-sustainability Initiative.

·     Regional Initiative on ICT and the Environment:  Promoting e-sustainability in Asia-Pacific, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI

·     "Environmental Protection Agency: Old Computers No Longer Junk" (3 June 2002), Article from Wired News.



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