Subject: [fem-events 990] 世界情報社会サミット
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Subject: WSIS declaration  -- please forward to list
Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2002, 10:35 AM

Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 16:49:36 -0800 (PST)
>From: MichaelP <papadop@PEAK.ORG>
Subject: [grc] UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on WSIS

Press Release

International Telecommunication Union
For immediate release
Telephone: +41 22 730 6039
Fax: +41 22 730 5939

United Nations adopts Resolution on the World Summit on the Information

Summit to Address 'Digital Divide', Harness Development Potential of
Information and Communication Technologies

Geneva, 9 January 2002 - The United Nations has taken a major step toward
bridging the 'Digital Divide' with the adoption, by the General Assembly,
of a resolution which welcomes the organization of the World Summit on the
Information Society. The Summit, which is expected to promote access by
all countries to information, knowledge and communications technologies
for development, is to be held in two phases, the first in Geneva in 2003
and the second in Tunisia in 2005 and is being convened under the high
patronage of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. The International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be taking the lead role in the Summit
preparations, in cooperation with other interested organizations and

"A technological revolution is transforming society in a profound way. If
harnessed and directed properly, information and communication
technologies (ICT) have the potential to improve all aspects of our
social, economic and cultural life. ICTs can serve as an engine for
development in the 21st century, yet the majority of the world's
population has yet to benefit from the new technology," says
Secretary-General Kofi Annan. "This global gathering will be a unique
opportunity for all key players to develop a shared vision of ways to
bridge the digital divide and create a truly global information society."

The resolution [A/RES/56/183] calls on governments to actively participate
in Summit preparations and to be represented at the highest possible
level. It has also asked for the active participation and effective
contribution in the Summit and its preparations by all relevant United
Nations and intergovernmental organizations, including international and
regional institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations, the
civil society and the private sector. ITU will work to create synergies
and develop cooperation among the various ICT initiatives at the regional
and global level.

"ITU is a leading player in telecommunications and is proud to have
contributed to the ICT revolution. But our expectations for a bright
future can only be met if we bridge the digital divide that exists within
and between our nations. For true progress will be measured by our ability
to provide all sectors with the skills and knowledge they need in this
century," says Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of ITU. "The Summit is
expected to produce a shared vision among world leaders, the private
sector and the NGO community on how to bring about sustainable development
through ICTs, Utsumi added."

The World Summit on the Information Society is an initiative of the 1998
Plenipotentiary Conference of ITU. It is being endorsed by the General
Assembly as an effective means to assist the United Nations in fulfilling
the goals of the Millennium Declaration - the landmark document adopted by
a record number of leaders when they met during the Millennium Summit to
address the key challenges of our time. Secretary General Kofi Annan
states, "the Millennium Summit recognized the key role of partnerships
involving governments, bilateral and multilateral development agencies,
the private sector and other stakeholders in putting ICTs in the service
of development."

The General Assembly has also invited the international community to make
voluntary contributions to a special trust fund established by the
International Telecommunication Union to support the Summit as well as to
facilitate the effective participation of representatives of developing
countries, in particular those from the least developed countries.

The proposed themes of the Summit address the central issues raised by the
Information Society and will likely include:

* Building the infrastructure

* Opening the gates: universal and equitable access to the
information society

* Services and applications

* The needs of the user

* Developing a framework

* ICT and education

Under each of these broad themes, consideration will be given to the
relevant developmental, economic, policy, social, cultural and
technological aspects. A series of preparatory meetings will be held in
2002, beginning with the first PrepCom from 1-5 July 2002 in Geneva.

Additional information about the World Summit on the Information Society
can be found at The full text of the Resolution adopted by
the UN General Assembly can be found at

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