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World Summit on the Information Society
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Project ID: 1103221883
Entity: UNESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
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Activity: Regional Plan of Action for Building the Information Society
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Activity description: As a follow up to the 2003 Geneva phase of WSIS, ESCWA proposed a Regional plan of action (RPoA) for building the information society in the region (ESCWA/ICTD/2004/4, English/Arabic). The RPoA put forward a comprehensive strategic framework aiming at the creation of adequate endogenous capabilities for harnessing information and knowledge, and contributing to building the information society and enhancing development in the region. The proposed framework was based on ten thrust areas, partnership programmes and regional projects. The RPoA was the result of collaborative efforts at the regional and international levels. Foremost are the Geneva Plan of Action (PoA), and the Arab ICT strategy, adopted by the Arab Summit in 2001. Regional specificity was addressed through a series of roundtables held by ESCWA during 2004. In December 2003, a tentative plan of action for building the information society in the region was produced, including a list of action lines and time frames and constituted the basis for discussions for the 2004 roundtables, the outputs of which were inputs for the development of the RPoA.
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Entity from: International
Geographical coverage of the activity: Regional
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development [ICT for sustainable development] [National e-strategies] [E-participation] [Partnerships]
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 5. Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life [E-government] [E-government strategies] [E-government systems] [Measuring e-government] [Knowledge management] [E-business] [E-commerce and e-trade] [Enabling environment] [SME competitiveness] [E-learning] [E-health]
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 9. Media
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Theme 14. Follow-up and evaluation (PoA, Section E)
Theme 15. Towards WSIS Phase 2 (Tunis) (PoA, Section F)
Related MDGs:
MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
MDG 2. Achieve Universal Primary Education
MDG 3. Promote gender equality & empower women
MDG 5. Improve maternal health
MDG 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Activity type: Project, Publication, Plan of Action
Time scale: Completed: - 01/01/2005
Partners: Alcatel, Arab Network for NGOs (Shabaka), Information and Communication Technology for Development in the Arab Region (ICTDAR), Injazat Technology Fund, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Kaiser Associates, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), National Information Technology Center (NITC), Regional Information Technology and Software Engineering Centre (RITSEC), seeCOSM S.A.L. (Holding), Sisterhood Is Global Institute/ Jordan (SIGI/J), Union of Arab Banks (UAB), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Cairo Office.


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