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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) - an initiative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan - has been nominated to receive a Stockholm Challenge Award for its support of rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the devastating super cyclone that hit Orissa, India, in 1999.
The United Nations Committee on Information has approved a draft resolution that would expand the world body's international radio coverage if approved by the General Assembly at its 56th session, which begins tomorrow.
United Nations Radio's live daily newscasts had proved a "revolutionary innovation" in the Department of Public Information's (DPI) efforts to more effectively communicate its message to a global audience, but Member States must decide if they want to convert the pilot project into a permanent international radio broadcasting capacity, the top Department official has stated.