Conference on ICT and Creativity Opens in Vienna
Today opens in Vienna, Austria, a two-day conference on "ICT and Creativity. Strategies for a Better Information Society", focusing on the nexus between content, creativity, diversity and knowledge in the information society. UNESCO, whose Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will address the Opening Ceremony together with the Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, is one of the sponsors of the event.
Recognized as a thematic meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society, the Conference is hosted by the Government of Austria and organized by the World Summit Award, Austria, and the International Centre for New Media. The Austrian Commission for UNESCO is on of the event partners.
The Conference is expected to adopt a "Vienna Conclusions" on measures for bridging the digital divide and the content gap. It complements the four thematic meetings that UNESCO has organized in February and May on "Freedom of expression" (Paris), "Multilingualism in cyberspace" (Bamako), "ICT and capacity building" (Paris) and "Cultural diversity" (St. Petersburg).
UNESCO will be represented by a high level delegation that includes in addition to Mr Matsuura, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Abdul Waheed Khan and Deputy Assistant Director General for Cultural Milagros Del Corral.