Information age has created 'new divides,' Annan tells Asia-Pacific ministers

The remarkable information technology advances have created vast new opportunities, yet they have also generated "new divides" between rich and poor, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to ministers meeting in Bangkok, to discuss challenges facing the broadcasting industry in Asia and the Pacific.

Civil society key to helping promote development goals, UN official says

A senior United Nations communications official has urged civil society media organizations to play a key role in helping to promote the aims of the Organization, particularly the set of targets adopted by world leaders at the 2000 UN Millennium Summit to address such global ills as poverty, hunger and HIV/AIDS.

UN awards journalists and media institutions for information development in Africa

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its partners today presented Awards to prominent media practitioners and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in Africa.

UN Economic Commission for Africa to host meeting on information development

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will host a week-long gathering of regional information experts beginning tomorrow to look at how cultivating the links between information development and good governance can help Africa make tangible progress towards equitable growth and ensure poverty reduction.

Information committee reaffirms in draft, UN must have 'clear, effective voice'

The United Nations Committee on Information approved a draft resolution today which would ensure that the voice of the UN - the indispensable foundation of a peaceful and just world - is heard in a clear and effective manner on issues ranging from poverty eradication to combating terrorism and fighting HIV/AIDS.

Assembly's information committee urged to send message that 'UN matters'

A top United Nations official today urged the UN's Committee on Information to send a strong message to the General Assembly and the world that the Organization mattered and its voice must be heard at a time of increasing divisions between peoples and cultures.

Plan to bridge 'digital divide' available for online comments ahead of UN information summit

Inspired by the vision of an information society where everyone can create, share and receive knowledge, a United Nations-backed panel will make its action plan for bridging the digital divide between developed and developing nations available on the Internet for public comment.

UNESCO to host meeting on recycling obsolete computer equipment

In the search for innovative ways to boost economies and drive development in poor countries, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to host an international conference to consider ways to recycle millions of obsolete computers collecting dust in the stock rooms of global corporations.

Plan to bridge 'digital divide' comes together ahead of UN information summit

With the results from a United Nations-backed preparatory conference laying the groundwork for the first-ever global information summit, a compelling international strategy is emerging which may ensure equal access by both developed and developing countries to the life-changing potential of new communication technologies (ICTs).

UN task force seeks to boost use of information technology for development

The United Nations Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force opened a two-day meeting in Geneva today in a bid to help reduce the gap between information-haves and have-nots by joining the resources of the private sector, civil society and the UN system.