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Title: NGOUNESCO Liaison Committee 11 2004Slide 1


1
UNESCO and WSIS From Geneva to Tunis and Beyond

Presented by Axel Plathe Senior Programme
Specialist UNESCO, Information Society Division
UNESCO a.plathe_at_unesco.org
2
UNESCOs mandate
  • Promote the free flow of ideas by word and
    image
  • Maintain, increase and spread knowledge

3
UNESCOs Concept of Knowledge Societies
  • Enhancing information flows and providing
    infrastructure is insufficient
  • A more comprehensive vision and a clearly
    developmental perspective are needed.
  • Rather Knowledge Societies than Information
    Society

4
Building Knowledge Societies
Knowledge Societies
Knowledge Dissemination
Knowledge Utilization
Knowledge Preservation
Knowledge Creation
Pluralism
Human Needs and Rights
5
UNESCO in Geneva Strategic Lessons
  • Consistency of UNESCOs message Towards
    Knowledge Societies
  • Importance of endorsement of this message by
    UNESCO governing bodies Ministerial Roundtable
    Meeting
  • Continuous profiling and visibility using various
    approaches (Cyberspace Recommendation, Charter on
    Preservation of Digital Heritage, participation
    in all Preparatory events, organization of Summit
    events, etc.)
  • Importance of relationship management (e.g. with
    Permanent Delegations and professional NGOs,
    including IFLA and ICA)


6
WSIS Geneva Results
  • Process more important than Summit event, as it
    created unique opportunity for international
    dialogue on Information Society issues
  • UNESCOs visibility as a key actor profile of
    its competencies greatly enhanced
  • Declaration of Principles reflects UNESCOs main
    concerns
  • Freedom of Expression (Article 19)
  • Universal access to information (Key role of
    libraries)
  • Capacity-building in ICT and in using information
    resources
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Access to education (ICT-enhanced learning)
  • Importance of traditional, free pluralistic
    media
  • Plan of Action with many opportunities for UNESCO


7
WSIS Action Plan
  • Includes ca. 75 actions (total 150 actions) for
    which UNESCO can claim responsibility as it
    directly affects its mandate and its areas of
    expertise
  • 32 C/5 (Programme and Budget for 2004-2005) as
    framework for implementing actions


8
Action Plan - UNESCOs areas of competence
  • Media
  • Access
  • Education / Capacity-building
  • Sciences
  • Cultural diversity


9
A. Media
  • Encouraging the media traditional and new
    to continue to play an important role in the
    Information Society
  • Encouraging development of domestic legislation
    that guarantees independence and plurality of the
    media
  • Promoting balanced and diverse portrayals of
    women by the media


10
B. Access
  • Developing policy guidelines for public domain
    information (already developed, potential role
    for IFLA in implementing the Guidelines)
  • Establishing multi-purpose community access
    points, need to make better use of library
    infrastructure
  • Supporting capacity-building for local
    authorities / local governance
  • Developing digital public library/archive
    services
  • Facilitating access to periodicals and books


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C. Education/Capacity-building
  • Developing programmes to eradicate illiteracy
    using ICTs and libraries
  • Promoting e-literacy skills for all
  • Developing ICT-based alternative educational
    delivery systems, notably for achieving Education
    for All targets
  • Using ICTs to meet the educational needs of
    information professionals
  • Developing distance learning, training and other
    forms of education as part of capacity-building
    programmes


12
D. Sciences
  • Promoting electronic publishing, differential
    pricing and open access initiatives such as Open
    Archives
  • Promoting ICT use and networks to share
    scientific knowledge
  • Promoting long-term systematic and efficient
    collection, dissemination and preservation of
    scientific digital data
  • Promoting collaborative IPR models for sharing
    technological and scientific know-how


13
E. Cultural Diversity
  • Creating policies that support cultural and
    linguistic diversity - Recommendation on
    Universal Access and Multilingualism
  • Promoting the production of cultural, educational
    and scientific content
  • Developing local cultural industries suited to
    the linguistic and cultural context of the users
  • Using ICTs for the preservation of natural and
    cultural heritage as well as intangible heritage
  • Promoting understanding of other cultures as a
    means of facilitating global dialogue


14
Highlighting Knowledge Societies
Concept
Towards Knowledge Societies

Freedom
Universal Access
Cultural and Linguistic
Equal Access
Principles
of Expression
to Information
Diversity
to Education
Actions
Links to WSIS Action Plan
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Internet Governance
Issues
Features
Stakeholders
Civil society Private sector Industry
Standard bodies Academia
Users
Ethical, legal and societal issues
Autonomy
Dispute resolution
Freedom of expression
Cybercrime
Competence
Privacy/Data protection
Operational stability
Technical issues
Transparency
  • IP standards
  • DNS
  • Root server
  • Access

Multi-lingualism
Publicdomain
ICANN?
Participation
Consumer protection
Child protection
National bodies Governments
Openness
Cultural diversity
Universal equitable access
Rights-holders interests
Stability
International bodies IGOs
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Financial Mechanisms
  • UN Secretary-General established Task Force on
    Financial Mechanisms (TFFM)
  • UNESCOs position
  • UNESCO neutral on pros/cons of a special Fund
  • Promote an understanding that encompasses the
    principles for Knowledge Societies
  • Ensure inclusion of other than financial aid
    (e.g. capacity-building, content provision)
  • Ensure link to development agendas
  • Encourage improved cooperation among existing
    funding and capacity-building mechanisms


17
Road Map to Tunis
Deliverables
Modalities
Secretariat
HLSOC
Regional Meetings
PrepComs
Geneva Summit
Declaration of Principles
Share common views
ITU
Phase I
WSIS-ES
Plan of Action
Share objectives (what/when)
Follow up
HLSOC
Coordination Group
ITU
(stakeholders)
Report
Review actions
WSIS-ES
Tunis Summit
Thematic meetings( Regional meetings)
PrepComs
Phase II
WG on Internet Governance
Resolution
Secretariat for Coordination Group
TF on Financing Mechanism
Build concrete mechanisms for actions (who/how)
Bureau
Group of Friendsof the Chair
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Between Geneva and Tunis Actors
  • PrepComs
  • Bureau of the PrepCom
  • Group of the Frieds of the Chair
  • High Level Summit Organizing Committee (HLSOC)
  • WSIS Executive SecretariatSame role as for Phase
    1
  • Tunisian WSIS SecretariatOrganizing committee
    Habib Ammar
  • Civil Society Caususes
  • Other initiatives (e.g. wsis-online.net platform
    for all stakeholders to identify issues of
    common concern)


19
Between Geneva and Tunis UNESCO
  • Capitalizing on banner headline "Towards
    Knowledge Societies"
  • Operationalizing this concept by implementing the
    Action Plan
  • Building on adopted positions
  • Recommendation on the Promotion and Use of
    Multilingualism and Universal Access to
    Cyberspace"
  • UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural
    Diversity
  • UNESCO Charter for the Preservation of Digital
    Heritage  
  • Ministerial Round Table on Knowledge Societies
  • Involving Member States (Briefing Sessions for
    Delegations, etc )
  • Involving professional NGOs (with official status
    with UNESCO UNESCO, such as IFLA and ICA, meeting
    NGO-Liaison Committee/UNESCO 29/4)
  • Organizing events around themes like Freedom
    of Expression, Cultural/linguistic Diversity,
    ICT for Reaching the Marginalized, and
    Capacity Building


20
Principles for Stocktaking (I)
  • Use stocktaking exercise for monitoring progress
    and tracking changes
  • Develop a dynamic solution that facilitates
    identifying and building relationships
  • Maintain clear links to the structure of the WSIS
    Action Plan
  • Encourage and record input from all
    stakeholders(Governments, IGOs, Civil Society,
    Private Sector)
  • Create synergies with other initiatives(e..g.
    Development Gateway, wsis-online.net)

21
Principles for Stocktaking (II)
  • Facilitate the development of online communities
    committed to implementing the WSIS Action Plan
  • Take decision on passive, unqualified versus
    validated (criteria based) content contribution
  • Use a single online platform of interoperable
    systems to create a primary repository of
    information on implementation activities
  • Ensure editorial independence and transparency of
    the stocktaking process
  • Only some of these suggestions will be realized

22
WSIS Action Directory
  • UNESCO has established an online tool for taking
    stock of its contribution to the implementation
    of the WSIS Action Plan
  • Access by
  • categories of the WSIS Action Plan
  • regions and countries
  • types of actions
  • UNESCOs main fields of competence
  • UNESCOs four principles for Knowledge Societies
  • Built on a robust, modular, database driven
    directory management platform (Gossamer-Threads
    LinksSQL)

23
UNESCO Directory
Access by regions and countries
Access by WSIS Action Plan areas
Access by type of activities
Access by UNESCO principles
Access by UNESCO areas
24
Multi level descriptions
Brief descriptions of activites in a given Action
Plan area
Detailed description of single entry
25
Community Participation
Search functions available throughout the
Directory
High level of interactivity/community building
through Add a comment screen available for
each activity
26
Backoffice
Easy to use and intuitive web based
administration interface
Content management can be fully decentralized by
assigning specific editorial rights to specific
content areas
27
UNESCOs Offer
  • UNESCOs WSIS Directory management platform
  • Is fully customizable
  • Can be tailored to specific needs
  • Can accommodate the management of different types
    of information through personalized look and feel
  • Can have different content managers for
    different categories of information
  • Supports multilingualism
  • UNESCOs WSIS Directory management platform is
    available for the stocktaking exercise by using
  • UNESCO's technical infrastructure (servers,
    network, internet bandwidth)
  • UNESCO's IT experts 

28
Process
  • UNESCO participates actively in
  • Preparatory Committee meetings (PrepComs)
  • Regional conferences
  • Working Group on Internet Governance
  •  Group of friends of the President 
  • Thematic meetings

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Process
  • UNESCOs thematic meetings
  • Exptected results
  • Concrete actions identified
  • Key activities showcased
  • Strategic alliances established
  • Themes
  • Freedom of Expression in Cyberspace
  • Harnessing the potential of ICTs, including
    satellites, for capacity building
  • Multilingualism in Cyberspace
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Empowering citizens through knowledge

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Building Knowledge Societies. Information for
All Programme

32
Content
  • Knowledge Societies
  • Definition
  • Principles
  • IFAP and Knowledge Societies
  • IFAP
  • Methods Tools
  • Objectives
  • Actions
  • Areas
  • Partners
  • National Committees
  • Adminstration


33
UNESCOs Mandate
  • UNESCOs mandate
  • Promote the free flow of ideas by word and
    image
  • Maintain, increase and spread knowledge

UNESCO A focus on content
Enhanced UNESCOs relevancein the information
society
34
About Knowledge Societies
  • Enhancing information flows and providing
    infrastructure is insufficient
  • A more complex, holistic and comprehensive vision
    and a clearly developmental perspective are
    needed.
  • Rather Knowledge societies than Information
    society

35
About Knowledge Societies
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Principles
  • Freedom of ExpressionRespect for Article 19 of
    UDHR, freedom of the press, freedom of speech on
    the Internet
  • Universal access to information and
    knowledgeInfrastructure and connectivity
    affordability information literacy know-how
    for use and development education free flow
    of information public domain
  • Respect for cultural/linguistic
    diversityUnderstanding and respect for other
    cultures plurality and diversity of content and
    languages importance of locally relevant content
  • Quality education for allAccess to education as
    a fundamental right education as a tool for
    combating illiteracy, marginalization, poverty
    and exclusion


37
What is IFAP?
  • What is IFAP?
  • Intergovernmental Programme created in 2001
  • Successor of General Information Programme (PGI)
    and Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP)
  • International framework for
  • Facilitating reflection and debate
  • Developing strategies, methods and tools
  • Promoting networks
  • Initiating pilot projects

38
IFAP Methods Tools
  • How can IFAP make a difference?
  • Uniqueness influence of its intergovernmental
    nature
  • IFAPs ability to influence at the national level
    and to use its local network
  • IFAPs potential to contribute to the achievement
    of the Millennium Development Goals and to the
    implementation of the WSIS Plan of Action

39
IFAP Objectives
  • Promote international reflection and debate on
    the ethical, legal and societal challenges of the
    information society
  • Promote and widen access to information in the
    public domain through the organization,
    digitization and preservation of information
  • Support training, continuing education and
    lifelong learning in the fields of communication,
    information and informatics

40
IFAP Actions
  • Support the production of local content and
    foster the availability of indigenous knowledge
    through basic literacy and ICT literacy training
  • Promote the use of international standards and
    best practices in communication, information and
    informatics in UNESCOs fields of competence
  • Promote information and knowledge networking at
    local, national, regional and international
    levels.

41
IFAP Areas
  • Area 1 Development of international, regional
    and national information policies
  • Area 2 Development of human resources and
    capabilities for the information age
  • Area 3 Strengthening institutions as gateways
    for information access
  • Area 4 Development of information processing and
    management tools and systems
  • Area 5 Information technology for education,
    science, culture and communication

42
Partnerships
  • Why?
  • to harmonize positions and policies
  • to create a multiplier effect from improved
    communication and collaboration
  • With whom?
  • UNESCO Sectors
  • International programmes within and outside the
    UN
  • Stakeholder NGOs
  • Private sector

43
National Committees
  • What?
  • Increase awareness of IFAPs purpose to capture
    imagination and resources
  • Encourage participation by Member States
  • Translate IFAPs global objectives into national
    activities
  • Foster efficient and effective national
    practices, through international exchange
  • Who?
  • UNESCO National Commission 18
  • Within a governmental policy body 12
  • Under the leadership of an operational, research
    or educational institute 11
  • Where?
  • Afica 5
  • Arab States 3
  • Asia and the Pacific 10
  • Europe and North America 19
  • Latin America and the Caribbean 4

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Administrative Structure
  • Intergovernmental Council
  • Function Guidance its planning and
    implementation
  • Twenty-six Member States of UNESCO
  • President Daniel Malbert, France
  • Annual meetings in the first three years of its
    existence
  • Secretariat UNESCO (Information Society
    Division)

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