Director-General of UNESCO Closes Third Session of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme
On 6 May 2004, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, closed the 3rd session of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP). Created in 2000, the Information for All Programme provides a platform for international policy discussions and guidelines for action on information issues, universal participation in the emerging global information society and ethical, legal and societal consequences of ICT developments.
In closing the meeting, the Director-General expressed his appreciation of the Council's contribution to planning and implementing UNESCO's activities in the area of information. He highlighted the Council's role in helping "to address the social, political, cultural and institutional dimensions of change that the information society has generated", noting in particular that the Council offers "an opportunity for developing an enlarged policy agenda and framework for action that is informed by intellectual and ethical considerations embracing such matters as social inclusion, youth, gender, cultural diversity, human rights and inter-cultural dialogue".
Mr Matsuura looked forward to the creation of as many as 40 IFAP National Committees saying that they could "provide many opportunities to overcome divides within and between communities at national level, which are often social and cultural before being digital" and congratulated Mr Daniel Malbert, a renowned Cyberspace expert from France, on his election as the Council's new President.
During its three-day meeting, the Council discussed the "Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Governmental Public Domain Information", as well as the follow-up to the "Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace" and the "Charter on the Preservation of Digital Heritage". The Council expressed its commitment to the Action Plan of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and elaborated on UNESCO's contribution to the second phase of WSIS in Tunis, in November 2005.
(Source: Flash Info n° 075 - 2004 of the Spokesperson of the Director-General)