Migiro stresses civil society’s key role in supporting UN agenda

Engaging with civil society has become crucial to the work of the United Nations, helping the world body to promote its agenda on issues ranging from peace and security to human rights and humanitarian assistance, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.

Annan hails civil society organizations, crediting their support for his achievements

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told more than 2,500 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered in New York for their last annual meeting before his term ends in December that the support of civil society groups has been critical to his accomplishments.

UN Economic and Social Council asked to guide information technology issues

The United Nations should continue to play a leading role in expanding information and communications technologies to promote development, participants have told the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), currently meeting in Geneva.

At UN Summit, States agree on actions to get information technology to poor

On the final day of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, Tunisia today, participating States agreed on a range of measures to broaden access to information networks and technology to poor communities.

Annan unveils rugged $100 laptop for world's children at Tunis Summit

As the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) continued in Tunis last night, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan unveiled a prototype of a cheap and rugged $100 laptop for children, as part of the Summit's goal of giving poor communities access to the benefits of information technologies and networks.

Opening Tunis Summit, Annan calls for action on technology for the poor

The time has come to move beyond broad discussions of the “digital divide” – the gap in communications technology between rich and poor – to outlining a specific plan to give people access to the technologies they need and the education to use them effectively, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said as he helped open a major world summit on the subject today.

UN experts call on Tunisia to respect human rights as information summit opens

On the same day that the United Nations world information summit opened in Tunisia, three UN human rights experts today urgently called on the North African county’s Government to take immediate steps to respect the fundamental freedom of expression in the face of reports of serious abuses.

At UN information summit, agreement reached on Internet management

A non-profit United States-based body will remain in charge of technical management of the Internet, according to an agreement reached late last night on one of the most contentious issues in the lead-up to the Tunis phase of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which opened today.

Internet governance, funding of technology to be tackled at UN summit

How to finance more equal access to information technology and how the Internet should be governed are among the more contentious issues to be tackled at a United Nations summit opening this week in Tunis, Tunisia, which expects to draw about 11,000 participants, from heads of States to representatives of the private sector and civil society.

On eve of UN summit, progress made on global information, tech agreements

On the eve of a major summit that aims to bridge the “digital divide” – the gap in access to information technologies between affluent and poor communities – the head of the United Nations telecommunications organization said that there was already headway on major issues and attendance had surpassed expectations.