UNESCO in Tunis phase

The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005.

UNESCO at WSIS in Tunis

UNESCO was an active participant in the Tunis meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society organizing three events and an exhibition promoting the concept of building “knowledge societies”:

  • A High-Level Round Table on “Shaping the Future through Knowledge”. Drawing on the thematic consultations of the months before the Summit and the"UNESCO World Report 2005: Towards Knowledge Societies" , the Round Table was a political and strategies event, highlighting key ideas and principles which UNESCO seeks to promote to help increase people’s access to and use of information and knowledge for human development. 
    (17 November 2005, 3-6 p.m., Room "Amilcar") 
  • A Round Table on the "Role of UNESCO in the Construction of Knowledge Societies through the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme”. The event reviewed national, regional and world experiences in implementing UNESCO Chairs and networks in ICT and considered how this UNESCO mechanism can help to bridge existing information and knowledge gaps. 
    (18 November 2005, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Room "St Augustin") 
  • A Workshop on "ICT and Persons with Disabilities". The workshop looked at policies that promote accessibility and inclusion in the digital world, especially in developing countries, and given the participatory and inclusive goals of knowledge societies, at how access to cyberspace for people with disabilities can be enhanced.
    (16 November 2005, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Room "Zaghouan") 
  • stand showed how UNESCO is contributing to the implementation of the WSIS Action Plan and it was a space for meeting colleagues and friends and for exchanging ideas and experiences on how to build knowledge societies. (Throughouth WSIS, ICT4All Exhibition, Stand N° 2303)

Preparatory Meetings

WSIS Thematic Meetings: 

WSIS Preparatory Committee Meetings (PrepComs): 

  • PrepCom-1
    24-26 June 2004, Hammamet (Tunisia)
  • PrepCom-2
    17-25 February 2005, Geneva (Switzerland)
  • PrepCom-3
    19-30 September 2005, Geneva (Switzerland) and 13-15 November 2005, Tunis (Tunisia)

WSIS Regional Conferences: 

  • Asia-Pacific
    31 May - 2 June 2005, Tehran (The Islamic Republic of Iran)
  • Western Asia
    22-23 November 2004, Damascus (Syria)
  • Africa
    2-4 February 2005, Accra (Ghana)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
    8-10 June 2005, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Second Bishkek-Moscow Regional Conference on the Information Society
    16-18 November 2004, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • The Pan Arab Conference on WSIS- Phase II; An Arab Regional Dialogue
    8-10 May 2005, Cairo (Egypt)
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