ICT Minister to Attend WSIS Forum 2015

ICT Minister to Attend WSIS Forum 2015
The Minister for ICT heads a delegation this week to WSIS Forum 2015 held in Switzerland.

According to the ICT’s Public Relation and Information Center, this year’s WSIS Forum, to be held from 25-29 of May 2015 in Geneva Switzerland, will be attended by state representatives, ministers, heads of regulatory bodies, representatives of regional and international organizations, civil societies, universities, and private sectors entities. The Minister for Information and Communication Technonlogy, accompanied by his delegation, is set to deliver a speech this Tuesday during the High-Level Track Policy Statements sessions (26–27 May 2015).

According to this report, Dr. Vaezi will also hold meetings with counterpart officials and ministers during this visit.

“Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development” is this year’s motto for WSIS Forum 2015, stressing on increased participation and involvement of innovators, startup companies, and SME’s active in the field of ICT.

It was first on 1998 that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), during ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, approved Resolution 73 to hold a World Summit on the Information Society and put forward it to the United Nations Administrative Committee on Coordination. This resolution attracted positive response from the majority of the related organizations and agencies, which declared their readiness for holding of this forum. It was finally decided that the forum will be held by full support of UN’s Secretariat, with ITU as the main organizer. In 2001, the ITU Council decided to hold the Summit in two phases, the first from 10 to 12 December 2003, in Geneva, and the second from 16 to 18 November 2005 in Tunis. Since then, it has transformed into an annual event.

The report states that the main objectives of this year’s forum include ICT connectivity for villages, schools and universities, scientific and research centers, libraries, cultural centers, museums, post and archive departments, health care centers, hospitals, and government departments.

Other important WSIS goals also include adapting all primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the Information Society, by taking national circumstances into account; ensuring that all of the world's population have access to television and radio services; encouraging content development and to establishing technical conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet; and ensuring that more than half the world’s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach.

 


May 27, 2015 12:04

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