Building Caribbean Knowledge Societies: IFAP Conference starts today in Grenada
Over 50 delegates from 13 Caribbean countries are gathering for the First UNESCO Regional IFAP Conference in Saint George's, Grenada, from 15 to 17 June 2011. Held under the theme "Building Caribbean Knowledge Societies", the Conference aims to enable Caribbean countries to develop a realistic action plan that would address their development needs and foster the creation of knowledge societies in the region.
The event, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, will feature the following topics:
<li>Concept of knowledge societies in the Caribbean context;
<li>Role of IFAP in building inclusive knowledge societies;
<li>Outcomes of the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS); and
<li>UNESCO's work in the follow-up to WSIS.
The delegates are expected to adopt a political declaration on building knowledge societies in the Caribbean and to develop an action plan that would address the specific needs of Caribbean countries in the framework of IFAP. Isidro Fernandez-Aballi, from UNESCO's Kingston Office, expressed his satisfaction over the fact that UNESCO facilitates a conference of such importance in the region. According to him, the time has come for Caribbean leaders to think strategically about building knowledge societies and creating a culture of information for all.
Special guests at the Conference include the Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of CARICOM, Tillman Thomas, and the President of the UNESCO General Conference, Davidson Hepburn.
UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) is an intergovernmental body created in 2000 to assist Member States in the formulation of national information policy frameworks. Through IFAP governments have pledged to harness the new opportunities of the information age to create equitable societies through better access to information.