07.09.2005 -

Bureau of Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO's "Information for All Programme" to meet in Paris

Representatives of Austria, China, Cuba, France, New Zealand, Nigeria, Slovakia and Tunisia, forming the Bureau of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) will meet from 14 to 16 September 2005 in Paris.

Among the issues that will be addressed by the Bureau are the situation of the IFAP Special Fund, a visibility plan for IFAP, the dissemination and use of the "Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Governmental Public Domain Information", the preparation of the Programme and Budget of the Organization for 2006-2007 and the participation of UNESCO in the forthcoming second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society.


A full day (15 September) will be devoted to the thematic debate on "Ethical, legal and societal implications of ICT". It is expected that this debate could end with the formulation of concrete recommendations for activities that UNESCO could implement during the biennium 2006-2007 in this area.


The Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to foster debate on the political, ethical and societal challenges of the emerging global knowledge society and to carry out projects promoting equitable access to information. It reflects the growing awareness that information is playing an increasing role in generating wealth and development, and that participation in the "global knowledge society" is essential for social and individual development.

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