World Summit On The Information Society Review Launches

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By Matthew Gibson for Intellectual Property Watch

The information and communications technology (ICT) for development community is meeting in Geneva this week for a series of conferences on the 2003-2005 World Summit on the Information Society. Government stakeholders, civil society, and the private sector will evaluate progress towards meeting the goals set at the last WSIS in Tunis in 2005 and establish new common goals looking beyond 2015.

The conferences will focus on rural development, ICT infrastructure, cyber security, multilingualism, environmental sustainability, and healthcare and innovation. More than 1,500 representatives from 150 countries are expected to attend the event, which comprises of approximately 140 sessions, according to organisers.

The week is co-organised by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

More information on this week is here.

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