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The International Telecommunication Union - Building the Information Society

The International Telecommunication Union - Building the Information Society
This report gives an overview of ITU's role in building the information society. As the UN agency in charge of telecommunications and other information and communication technologies, ITU played the lead role in the organization of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The decision of the 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference that led to the holding of a Summit on the Information Society was endorsed by the UN General Assembly. It called for the participation of Member States at the highest level and for UN specialized agencies' strong involvement in the preparatory process, as well as in the Summit itself.ITU coordinated the preparation of the WSIS stocktaking database, which provides a global platform for the presentation, exchange and dissemination of information on activities promoting the development of the Information Society at the local, national, regional and global levels. By the second phase of the Summit, more than 2600 entries were in the database. ITU also launched the "Golden Book" project in October 2005. The Golden Book focused on new projects conceived or undertaken during the Tunis Phase of WSIS, as well as on new financial commitments for activities related to WSIS implementation. At the end of January 2006, the Golden Book had registered more than 350 entries.

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