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 NEWSROOM: E-FLASH: ARCHIVES: E-FLASH #8 - 5 SEPTEMBER 2003

 

WSIS DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PREPCOM-3
The Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for WSIS (PrepCom3), Geneva 15 - 26 September, will attempt to finalize the working documents for the Summit. The most recent versions of the draft Declaration of Principles and the revised Action Plan are available on the website. These documents will serve as the basis for negotiations at PrepCom3. For participant information for PrepCom3, click here.

WEB INVENTOR TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMIT 
The inventor of the worldwide web, Tim Berners-Lee, will participate in ‘The Role of Science in the Information Society’ conference at CERN. The conference will be held in conjunction with WSIS on 8-9 December. A list of confirmed speakers, as well as an updated programme, is available here.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) CASE STUDIES – FULFILING THE UN MILLENIUIM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
As part of the preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the ITU's Strategy and Policy Unit has published "ICT Success Stories" from around the globe. The stories illustrate projects that have successfully deployed information and communication technologies (ICT) in innovative ways and in fulfillment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

CIVIL SOCIETY WANTS FEEDBACK ON PRIORITIES
The most recent version of the Civil Society Priorities Document, prepared for the Intersessional Meeting in Paris, is being revised for PrepCom3 next month. Please send your comments to ct@wsis-cs.org  

 

 Events

 

04 - 05 Sep 2003
AIF, Ministerial Meeting of La Francophonie on WSIS, Rabat, Morocco. The conference is dedicated to analyzing the impact of new Information and Communication Technologies.

08 – 10 Sep 2003
UNCTAD, Measuring Electronic Commerce as an Instrument for the Development of the Digital Economy, Palais de Nations, Geneva. The objective of the meeting is to provide a framework for introducing developing countries' views into the existing debates and initiatives on digital economy statistics and indicators.

10 - 11 Sep 2003
Fourth Meeting of the Council Working Group on WSIS, Madeira, Portugal. The meeting will focus on how the ITU work programme contributes to the fulfillment of the objectives outlined in the WSIS draft action plan.

10 – 12 Sep 2003 
Latin America and Caribbean Regional Forum on Local Governments in the Information Society, Curitiba, Brazil. The forum is dedicated to analyse ICT success projects in local governments for an inclusive information society. The outcome will be presented at the World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society in Lyon one week before the WSIS. 

13 Sep 2003 
WSIS Gender Caucus, Skills for Effective Lobbying and Advocacy with a Focus on Change and Gender Equality, Geneva, Switzerland. The session coincides with the WSIS Third Preparatory Committee Meeting, to be held in Geneva from 15-26 September 2003.  

 

 Information Society Initiatives

 

SUMMIT TO SHOWCASE THE BEST OF e-CONTENT and CREATIVITY 
The World Summit Award is a UN member state initiative that will honour creative e-content applications. The awards celebrate information society ‘products’ that bridge the digital divide and will be announced at WSIS on December 10th.

YOUTH AWARDS & WSIS
The Youth Creating Digital Opportunities Coalition and the Youth Caucus of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) are coordinating an international awards program to recognize and showcase young people's contributions in the field of ICT for development. The finalists will have an opportunity to showcase their projects in an exhibition within the Youth HUB at the Summit. Enter today - the deadline is 15 September!

HELPING THE WORLD COMMUNICATE
An ITU service stamp to be issued by La Poste Suisse, together with its first day cover, will be launched at PrepCom3 to commemorate WSIS. The stamp represents an inclusive vision of our information society that promises greater communication between all people. The stamp and first day cover will be on sale as of 18 September. 

 

 Information Links

 

A complete list of events organized in conjunction with the World Summit on the Information Society is now available on the host country website of Switzerland. Click here to see the directory.

The UN Volunteers are taking an active role in preparatory meetings for WSIS by promoting volunteerism as essential to the successful achievement of a fair and inclusive information society.

Send an e-card to a friend to inform them about the Summit and to share with them stories about how information and communication technology can be put into the service of human development.

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