UN forum to spotlight ways ICT can help beat poverty and boost development

Making information and communication technology (ICT) readily available for vulnerable countries and harnessing it’s potential to help tackle a raft of ills – from disaster risk reduction to reaching ‘zero hunger’ – will be among the issues on the agenda at an annual United Nations information forum that kicked off Monday in Geneva.

UN expert says human rights integral to information technology issues

Critizing the emphasis on commerce and politics at the November world summit on information technology in Tunis, a United Nations expert on freedom of expression said today that human rights should take priority in any future discussions of information technology and development.

Freedom of expression mostly ignored at UN-backed information summit - rights expert

A United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern that the declaration of principles and action plan adopted at the recent global summit on information and communications technologies (ICTs) mostly ignored issues of freedom of opinion and expression.

UN e-schools aim to connect pupils, villagers across developing world

Thousands of schoolchildren in Bolivia, Ghana, India and Namibia will soon be learning via the Internet and other digital innovations thanks to a United Nations project that seeks to connect thousands of schools and villages in the developing world through information and communication technologies (ICT).

On information summit's third day, UN officials stress need for cooperation

As the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) moved into its third day today in Geneva, United Nations officials continued to stress the need for global cooperation in spreading the potential power of information and communications technologies (ICT) in development activities as well as taking into account the needs of those in poorer countries.

UN-backed summit ends with declaration on 'information society for all'

The first phase of a United Nations-backed global summit on information and communications technologies (ICT) ended today with the unanimous adoption of a declaration on the values of an "information society," one that protects the freedom of the press, strives for universal access to technological progress and respects multilingual and diverse content, as well as a plan of action emphasizing cooperation and partnerships between governments, the private business sector and civil society.

Move towards 'information society' can help development goals – UN officials

The transformation into an “information society” makes it imperative that countries work together to share the gains derived from information and communications technology (ICT) in order to help reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to United Nations officials speaking at the first-ever global summit on information.

Summit opens with Annan appealing for information technologies to benefit all

Opening the first-ever global summit on information, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to world leaders to share the benefits of powerful information and communications technologies (ICT) with the poorest countries and to shape their use to fight worldwide problems such as illiteracy and poverty.

In e-mail to students, Annan urges communication to build understanding

Using the original computer on which the Internet was created, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today sent an electronic message to young people around the world urging them to keep communicating with each other to build bridges of understanding between cultures and societies.

Annan hosts luncheon in Geneva for heads of state and government

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan hosted a luncheon today for the heads of state and government participating in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, one of many official engagements on his program today.