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Project ID: 1103222560
Entity: UNESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
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Activity: Development of an Arabic Domain Name System (ADNS)
Activity description: In 2003, ESCWA helped form an “Arab Domain Names Task Force” which defined standards for Arabic domain names. In the ensuing years, ESCWA supported several related initiatives. In 2007, ESCWA continued its efforts by lobbying for the ADNS project in the second IGF meeting which took place in Brazil. ESCWA further expanded its efforts by initiating and leading the adoption of Arabic Script in the IDNs Working Group (ASIWG), and by co-organizing the first global workshop on this topic between experts from the Arabic, Urdu and Farsi language communities.
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Entity from: International
Geographical coverage of the activity: Regional - Africa, Asia and Pacific, Western Europe and North America
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Related MDGs:
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Activity type: Project, Publication, Guidelines
Time scale: Ongoing: - 01/09/2008
Partners: CCTLD Managers representing governments; private sector representing registrars; technology providers; civil society groups and taskforces specialized in this field.


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