UNESCO's Information for All Programme Receives First Funds
Financial support to UNESCO's Information for All Programme is starting to arrive in the Organization's accounts. As one of the first countries, the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia recently contributed to the Programme's Special Account, which earlier received also contributions from the Principality of Monaco and Brazil.
The Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to foster debate on the political, ethical and societal challenges of the emerging global knowledge society and to carry out projects promoting equitable access to information. It reflects the growing awareness that information is playing an increasing role in generating wealth and development, and that participation in the "global knowledge society" is essential for social and individual development.
Recognizing the need to promote access to public domain information, the Information for All Programme's focus is on five areas:
· Development of international regional and national information policies based, in particular, on the establishment of international consensus on the concept of universal and equitable access to information as a basic human right;
· Development of human resources and capabilities for the information age, focusing on training and the creation of training networks;
· Strengthening institutions as gateways for information access, especially developing a UNESCO portal to information institutions worldwide;
· Development of information processing and management tools and systems, including the analysis of regional needs and policy planning;
· Information technology for education, science, culture and communication to assist all UNESCO's programmes in formulating and taking informed decisions.