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ITU-UNESCO Regional Digital Inclusion Week for the Arab States, 25 - 30 October 2020

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Overview

​The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be organizing the annual ITU-UNESCO Regional Digital Inclusion Week for the Arab States during the period 25 to 30 October 2020 under the theme “Serving the underserved in times of crisis: No one left behind”.
2020 is a landmark year for Digital Inclusion, not only because it marks the start of the decade for action to achieve the SDGs, but it is also the year set for realizing 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Target 9.C. This target aims to “Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020”. 
The 2020 ITU-UNESCO Regional Digital Inclusion Week for Arab States will build on the success of past iterations of the Week organized annually by ITU and UNESCO since 2017.  Adopting a multi-stakeholder approach, the Week will bring together Governments, other UN and intergovernmental bodies, civil society, academia, healthcare professionals, the private sector and citizens in advancing digital inclusion efforts. The Regional Digital Inclusion Week is thus an opportunity to raise awareness, strengthen collaboration amongst stakeholders and advance efforts to combat all forms of exclusion.  For further information on this years digital inclusion week or past Weeks please seek the links in the sidebar”. 

How to get involved

​ITU and UNESCO are inviting stakeholders across the Arab region to organize at least one activity during this Week, to shed light on their key activities in this domain, whether at the national or regional level. Stakeholders are free to design the nature, scope and location of activities and associate them to the Week, as long they reflect the theme of “Serving the underserved: No one left behind”. Taking into account the public health challenges around COVID-19 we call upon interested stakeholders to organize their events virtually and to consider setting up public hub spots to support outreach to those with limited access. Please inform us with the event that you intend to organize by submitting the form available in the side bar before 8 October​, 2020.​

Governmental Partners

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For further information please contact:

ITU:

·  Mr. Karim Abdelghani, Regional Programme Coordinator for Arab States, karim.abdelghani@itu.int

 

UNESCO:

·   Dr. Paul Hector, Advisor for Communication & Information, p.hector@unesco.org