Resolution on Internet-related issues adopted by UNESCO General Conference at its 37th session

At its second and fourth meetings held on 12 and 13 November 2013, the General Conference Communication and Information Commission examined item 5.22 - Internet-related issues: including access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy and ethical dimensions of the information society.

Under discussion was a draft resolution contained in document 37 C/COM.CI/DR.3 that had been submitted by Brazil and which was co-sponsored by Argentina, China, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, India, Nicaragua, Palestine, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Informing the debate in the meetings was a four-page discussion paper 37 C/61 prepared by the Director-General at the request of the Executive Board at its 192nd session.

Representatives of 60 Member States and two Observers took the floor during the sessions, and the result was agreement to recommend the draft resolution, with amendments, to the plenary of the General Conference.

The Commission further endorsed the final statement “Information and Knowledge For All: an expanded vision and a renewed commitment”, which had been adopted at the UNESCO-hosted review event on the World Summit on the Information Society in February 2013.

The General Conference subsequently accepted the decisions of the Commission.

The final text of the amended resolution on Internet-related issues can be accessed here.