Exploring avenues for ICT and sustainable development

When, local time: 
Friday, 8 November 2013 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
General Conference
Contact: 
Bhanu Neupane (b.neupane@unesco.org), Cédric Wachholtz (c.wachholtz@unesco.org), Davide Storti (d.storti@unesco.org)

This mini-conference will provide an opportunity to discuss UNESCO’s engagement in harnessing ICT for sustainable development in different ways: by promoting Open Access to Scientific information and research, by shaping the post-2015 Information Society agenda (WSIS) and through Disaster Risk Reduction projects.
This event will start out with a short assessment of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) follow-up: Where do we stand today, what is up next, including concrete tips on how to provide input into the post-2015 WSIS agenda.

We will then take a stock of progresses made since 36th Session of the General Conference approved a long-term strategy on Open Access (OA) to scientific information and research. The event will provide an opportunity to renew understanding on OA and appreciate progresses made to reach the milestones set for the current biennium (2012-2013).

Finally, the presentation will highlight the results of project “WorldMap of UNESCO’s Points of Interests” which aims at enhancing preparedness, planning and response in PCPD contexts by building comprehensive openly licensed maps of educational, cultural or scientifically relevant installations (such as schools, water wells, sanitation, libraries, etc) in different countries: India, Indonesia, Namibia, Kenya and El Salvador.