The United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), currently chaired by UNESCO, adopted yesterday a Joint Statement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which was developed by the chair and vice-chairs - ITU, UNDP, UNCTAD and UNDESA in consultation with all 30 UNGIS members.
In keeping with its mandate to promote policy coherence and programme coordination within the UN system, as well as to provide guidance on issues related to information and communications technologies (ICTs) in support of internationally agreed development goals, the 30 members of the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) will respectfully submit a joint statement to the UN Secretary General and the UN Task Team. This statement is a collective contribution to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, in a unified effort to harness inter-agency expertise and experience to support deliberations on Post-2015 priorities, and a united commitment to a UN community poised to address development challenges in the 21st century.
The joint statement was adopted yesterday, after weeks of internal consultation at a substantive session of UNGIS, chaired by UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Janis Karklins at the margin of the WSIS Forum 2013.
“This joint statement by 30 International Organizations is a very powerful way of stressing that the future lies in inclusive, sustainable knowledge societies, and that the tools which transform all parts of our lives have not been fully harnessed yet,” said Mr Karklins. The joint statement will be transmitted to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and to the chairperson of the open working group of the General Assembly, which is tasked with submitting a proposal for sustainable development goals. It will also be disseminated and promoted through the UNGIS’ members’ networks.