UNESCO celebrates First World Information Society Day
UNESCO celebrates today the first World Information Society Day that each year on 17 May helps raising awareness of the benefits of the Internet and other ICT for development.
In an official statement for World Information Society Day, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, recalled that "the challenge of universality - creating inclusive knowledge societies in which all have the chance to participate ‘regardless of frontiers' - is inseparable from ensuring freedom of expression in the information society". Freedom of expression is one of the four fundamental principles on which the UNESCO's concept of "Knowledge societies" is based.
Laurence Zwimpfer, Chair of the Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO's Information for All Programmer (IFAP) called all countries to reflect on how the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes affect them individually and where they are in the achievements of their individual challenges in order to translate the "WSIS dream into local realities".
The Chair of the Intergovernmental Council for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) expressed in his turn his full support to "help raise awareness on the role ICT can play in development and on the need that everyone, everywhere should have the opportunity to participate in the Information Society and to take advantage of its benefits".
Calling for proposals for a slogan to celebrate 17 May, UNESCO has so far received more than 30 suggestions from all over the world.
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