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World Summit on the Information Society
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Project ID: 1251106164
Entity: UNESCWA (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia)
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Activity: Regional Follow-up to the Outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society
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Activity description: In order to propel the WSIS momentum forward, ESCWA organised, during June 2009, a conference entitled "Regional Follow-up to the Outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society.” Attended by more than 275 participants, the conference took place in Damascus, Syria. This all-encompassing gathering provided a forum for various WSIS stakeholders to discuss and review the progress made towards the implementation of the 11 WSIS action lines, the Regional Plan of Action (RPoA), the Arab ICT Strategy as well as national ICT strategies and plans of action. The main outcomes of the conference included an update of the RPoA and the adoption of the “Damascus Proclamation for the Promotion of the Arab Knowledge Society for Sustainable Economic and Social Development.”
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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] [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] [E-business] [SME competitiveness] [Technology and innovation] [E-learning]
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 9. Media
Theme 10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 14. Follow-up and evaluation (PoA, Section E)
Related MDGs:
MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
MDG 3. Promote gender equality & empower women
MDG 5. Improve maternal health
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Activity type: WSIS Thematic Meeting, Conference
Time scale: Completed: 16/06/2009 - 18/06/2009
Partners: ITU; UNESCO; Syrian Ministry of Communications and Technology; IDRC; Microsoft; Cisco; Syrian Telecom; Syrian Computer Society


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