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Background on the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (UNMDG)
The UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183) (21 December 2001) recognises:

"the urgent need to harness the potential of knowledge and technology for promoting the goals of 
the United Nations (UN) Millennium Declaration and to find effective and innovative ways to put this potential 
at the service of development for all".  

The United Nations Millennium Summit, held in in September 2000, defined a set of goals to be achieved for a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. The UN Millennium Declaration (8 September 2000) contains a commitment to

"ensure that the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communication technologies ... are available to all". 

While access to ICTs can educate, entertain and enrich our lives, ICTs, together with other tools, can also play a part in helping to achieve the much broader goals of the Millennium Declaration. The Millennium Declaration Goals (MDGs) can be divided into four sub-themes that may help structure the Plan of Action to be developed at WSIS:  

  Development and poverty eradication

  Democracy and governance

  Our common heritage: cultural diversity and sustainable development

  Protecting the vulnerable and meeting the special needs of Africa

 

MDG Links 

The UN Statistics Division provides a set of "Millennium Indicators" to be found here

In June 2002, The United Nations released a paper entitled "The United Nations and the MDGs: a Core Strategy", to be found here

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