Vers des sociétés du savoir

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At a press conference on 3 November 2005 at UNESCO House in Paris, the Director-General launched the first in a new series of UNESCO reports, to be published every two years, focusing on subjects at the heart of the Organization’s mission such as cultural diversity and sustainable development.

'Towards Knowledge Societies' analyses the increasingly important role played by knowledge in economic growth and advances the proposition that it can serve as a new springboard for development in the countries of the South. The 226-page report also presents a detailed analysis of the factors blocking the access of many countries to the opportunities offered by information and communication technologies, especially the growing digital divide and restrictions on freedom of expression. Finally, ten operational recommendations are proposed to improve the situation.

The report clearly makes the distinction between knowledge societies and the information society. While the information society is based on technological breakthroughs, knowledge societies “encompass broader social, ethical and political dimensions.” The particular focus is on the foundations on which knowledge societies that will optimize sustainable human development are constructed.

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