European countries adopt declaration 'towards an information society' at UN-backed meeting

Concluding a three-day UN-backed meeting in Bucharest aimed at preparing for the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society, European countries today adopted a declaration containing a set of principles and a strategy for action on the issue.

DPI to improve performance under new outreach push, official says

Translating information on the work of the United Nations into more languages and disseminating materials more efficiently through new structures are among the new initiatives to enhance the Organization’s outreach announced today by Shashi Tharoor, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

UN panel examines boosting information, communication technologies in Africa

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today said he was pleased that a UN expert group on information and communication technologies was using its latest meeting to focus on developing such know-how in Africa.

UN agency launches website on news, gender issues for African women

African women's voices will now be heard online, thanks to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which announced today the launch of a website with information on gender issues in the Horn of Africa.

UN Assembly wraps up high-level forum on information technologies for development

With the digital divide threatening to further marginalize the economies and peoples of many developing countries, the challenge of transforming this imbalance into opportunities required international commitment and cooperation, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today as the body wrapped up a high-level meeting on information and communications technologies (ICT) for development.

High-level UN forum looks at information, communication technologies for development

Seizing the opportunities of the digital revolution is one of the most pressing challenges facing the international community, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, as the United Nations General Assembly opened a two-day high-level meeting devoted to information and communication technologies (ICT) for development.

UN Assembly information committee concludes session

The United Nations Committee on Information this afternoon concluded its current twenty-fourth session, as it approved a broad-ranging draft resolution that condemns attacks against journalists and urges all concerned to ensure reporters' ability to freely and effectively perform their work.

Assembly committee focuses on 'digital divide,' UN communication efforts

The challenges of bridging the digital divide between the developing and industrialized countries and the search for the most effective ways to communicate the United Nations story to global audiences were among the issues topping the agenda of the UN General Assembly's Committee on Information that opened today its session in New York.

In message to ICANN, Annan says 'digital bridges' can help fight poverty

Highlighting the "great potential" of information technologies in fighting poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed efforts by ICANN, the international body managing the Internet's domain name system, for its efforts to build digital bridges to developing countries.

UN meeting to explore power of information technology to fight poverty

Expert members of the United Nations Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Task Force will open a meeting in New York on Sunday geared towards harnessing the power of those innovations to advance development and poverty eradication.