Preparations for UN-backed information summit make progress on final goals

Delegates preparing for a United Nations-backed conference on information technology later this year have agreed on a set of concrete targets to help bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries.

Preparations for UN information summit continue in Geneva

The third in a series of United Nations-backed preparatory conferences laying the groundwork for the first-ever global summit on communication technology opened today to continue work on an international action plan to close the gap between the information "haves" and "have nots."

Information technology must be used to improve life in poor countries - Annan

Information technology should be used to improve the quality of life in developing countries, thus helping to achieve the ambitious goals set by the United Nations Millennium Summit of 2000, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

UN panel set to focus on technology in education and development

Gearing-up for the first-ever world summit on the information society, a key United Nations task force on technology and development is set to discuss the role of information technology in education at its upcoming session in Geneva.

Annan appoints special adviser for world information summit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, as his Special Adviser for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which aims to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor.

African Union urges world leaders to participate in UN-backed information summit

The African Union has passed a resolution calling on world leaders to participate in the upcoming global summit convened by the United Nations telecommunications agency to explore ways to utilize information technology to overcome poverty.

UN convenes first-ever conference on Internet technology for development

The first-ever United Nations conference on ways to use wireless Internet technology for development gets underway tomorrow at the world body's New York Headquarters.

Annan calls on business leaders to bridge the 'digital divide' in poor countries

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on business leaders to give their full support to ongoing United Nations efforts to bridge the "digital divide" threatening to exacerbate already-wide gaps between rich and poor countries.

Annan decides to downsize UN information centres in Western Europe

Proceeding with his plan to streamline the work of the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to shut down nine information centres in Western Europe and replace them with a regional hub.

Globalization should benefit all, UN official tells Asia-Pacific information forum

The principal challenge facing the international community is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the world's people, instead of leaving millions behind in poverty and squalor, a senior United Nations communications official told ministers meeting today in Bangkok to discuss challenges facing the broadcasting industry in Asia and the Pacific.