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MISTICA: ECOSOC Requests to Establish ICT Task Force

From: Daniel Pimienta (pimienta@funredes.org)
Date: Fri Mar 23 2001 - 04:25:39 AST


>From: "Michael Gurstein" <gurstein@techbc.ca>
>To: <dotforce@vcn.bc.ca>
>Subject: [GCNDotForce] Fw: [passem] ECOSOC Requests S-G to Establish ICT
>Task Force
>Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 13:48:13 -0800
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>From: "Robert Pollard" <ecology2001@mindspring.com>
>To: "Habitat Partners Network" <h2o-L@undp.org>
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>Subject: [passem] ECOSOC Requests S-G to Establish ICT Task Force
>
>
> > Economic and Social Council Press Release ECOSOC/5940
> > Resumed 2001 Organizational Session 13 March 2001
> > 4th Meeting (AM)
> >
> > Economic and Social Council Requests Secretary-General To
> > Establish Information and Communications Technologies Task Force
> >
> > -=-=-
> >
> > The Economic and Social Council this morning requested the
> > Secretary-General to establish an Information and Communication
> > Technologies (ICT) Task Force, taking into account the views
> > expressed by Member States and in consultation with the regional
> > groups.
> >
> > Adopting a decision without a vote during its resumed
> > organizational meeting, the Council also requested the
> > Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the decision
> > at its 2001 substantive session.
> >
> > Following the adoption of the text, the representative of Iran,
> > speaking on behalf of the "Group of 77" developing countries and
> > China, said that while ICT could contribute tremendously to
> > development, it also presented challenges that could lead to the
> > widening of the gap between developing and developed countries.
> > The benefits of ICT still had to be realized in developing
> > countries. Priorities to that end included ICT education, access
> > and connectivity, as well as availability of diverse content.
> >
> > He stressed that ICT was a complement to development, not a
> > solution. There was an urgent need to promote capacity-building
> > in developing countries. Development of local content and of
> > people's ability to access it would foster cultural diversity.
> > Any initiative to develop norms and standards should be
> > considered in a balanced manner. Since market forces alone could
> > not do that, partnerships involving governments, civil society,
> > bilateral donors and the private sector were necessary.
> >
> > The United Nations had a major role to play in such partnerships
> > and in the promotion of ICT in development, he said. It could
> > provide global leadership in bridging the digital gap. While
> > establishing the Task Force was a major step towards integrating
> > ICT in development plans, its financing should not be diverted
> > from other sources for development.
> >
> > Also this morning, the Council appointed Giovanni Brauzzi (Italy)
> > as facilitator for the Task Force.
> >
> > The Secretary-General proposed the Task Force as a means to
> > promote ICT development and ICT applications in all sectors of
> > the economy. The proposal was based on the recommendations of a
> > Group of High-level Advisers convened by the Secretary-general
> > last April. The Group, comprising representatives of governments,
> > the private sector, foundations, non-governmental organizations
> > and the Secretary-General's Special Representative on ICT and a
> > former President of Costa Rica.
> >
> > In his report on the Task Force (document E/2001/7), the
> > Secretary-General said it should have a three-year mandate. It
> > would not take over, supersede or control other bodies involved
> > in similar projects, but collaborate with them. It would aim at
> > raising awareness at the highest political level and help in ICT
> > capacity-building and human resources development.
> >
> > The report states that the outcome of wide-ranging consultations
> > conducted by members of the Advisory Group in October/December
> > 2000 testified to the widespread agreement that ICT could be a
> > potent instrument for accelerating broad-based growth and
> > sustainable development and for reducing poverty. However, there
> > was concern that the huge potential for development provided by
> > ICT was not yet adequately reflected in development policies,
> > programmes and projects.
> >
> > According to the report, The Task Force could be an important
> > catalyst, not only in bridging the existing "digital divide", but
> > also in averting the prospect of its rapidly growing wider.



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