09.11.2005 -

UNESCO at WSIS in Tunis

UNESCO is an active participant in the Tunis meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (16-18 November 2005), organizing three events and an exhibition that promote the concept of building "knowledge societies".

UNESCO's main event is the High-Level Round Table on "Shaping the Future through Knowledge". Drawing on the thematic consultations of recent months and the "UNESCO World Report 2005: Towards Knowledge Societies", the Round Table will be a political and leadership event aimed at highlighting key ideas and strategies which UNESCO seeks to promote to help increase people's access to and use of information and knowledge for human development (17 November 2005, 3-6 p.m., Room "Amilcar").


In addition, UNESCO organizes a Round Table on the "Role of UNESCO in the Construction of Knowledge Societies through the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme". This event will review national, regional and world experiences in implementing UNESCO Chairs and networks in ICT and will consider how this UNESCO mechanism can help to bridge existing information and knowledge gaps (18 November 2005, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Room "St Augustin").


A third event is a Workshop on "ICT and Persons with Disabilities". The workshop will look at policies that promote accessibility and inclusion in the digital world, especially in developing countries, and given the participatory and inclusive goals of knowledge societies, at how access to cyberspace for people with disabilities can be enhanced (16 November 2005, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Room "Zaghouan").


UNESCO's stand, which has a virtual version on UNESCO's website, shows how UNESCO is contributing to the implementation of the WSIS Action Plan (WSIS, ICT4All Exhibition, Stand N° 2303). Providing a space for meeting colleagues and friends and for exchanging ideas and experiences on how to build knowledge societies, the exhibit will host a variety of presentations including


Wednesday, 16 November


10.00 - 11.00 Digi-Arts

10.45 - 11.20 AVICENNA Virtual Campus

11.30 - 12.00 Empowerment Strategies for the New Female Arab Leadership

12.00 - 13.00 Alleviate-Brain-Drain Programme

14.30 - 18.00 ICT and people with disabilities


Thursday, 17 November


10.30 - 13.00 Scaling up the Community Multimedia Centres imitative

14.15 - 18.00 Education and ICTs


Friday, 18 November


10.00 - 11.00 Universal Education Foundation

11.30 - 13.30 ICT for journalists

14.30 - 16.00 Multilingualism in Cyberspace

16.00 - 17.00 Digi-Arts

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