IFAP Council to discuss future orientations
The Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) will meet for its 5th Session from 2 to 4 April 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The Council will discuss new strategic orientations of the Programme for the period 2008-2013 and host a thematic debate on "IFAP's Role in the Global Information Space", on 3 April.
Since the establishment of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) in 2001, the world has witnessed an explosion of digital technologies. As a consequence of this rapid growth, there has been a corresponding explosion in digital information. These developments have far overcome the human capacities to foresee their social, legal and ethical effects and have far-reaching consequences on strategies to reach the goal of 'Information for All'.
Addressing the challenge of 'Information for All' requires sound strategies, commitment from governments and the support of all stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations, as agreed by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
The objective of IFAP's new strategy is to promote the need for 'Information for All' as a global goal in the post-WSIS multistakeholder environment and focus on the role of governments in building national information policies. During the thematic debate on "IFAP's Role in the Global Information Space", the panellists from civil society and the private sector will provide their perspectives on future technology, new skills and trends in content creation, as well as the role of governments in this environment.