A high-level delegation from UNESCO is participating in the NETmundial, Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over 23-24 April. The event is discussing issues related to UNESCO’s mandate in the area of the Internet, particularly freedom of expression, access to information and knowledge, privacy and ethics.
Brazilian president Dilma Roussef opened the meeting in the morning of 23rd April, signing legislation on the rights and obligations of Internet users and providers in Brazil. High-level representatives of governments, international organizations, the private sector and civil society are also present at the event.
“Our agenda at NETMundial is to promote participation in UNESCO’s comprehensive study of Internet related issues, which we have launched in accordance with the mandate of the November 2013 General Conference of UNESCO’s 195 Member States,” said the Organization’s Deputy Director-General Getachew Engida.
In his address to the meeting on 23rd April, Engida said that the Internet “has enormous potential to bring the world closer to peace and dialogue, sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. The challenge is to transform the wonderful promises of the Internet into reality and benefit for all.”
He explained that UNESCO has initiated a major research study on internet, built around four core principles: human rights, openness, accessibility and multistakeholder participation.
UNESCO has submitted two substantial written contributions to NETmundial: Internet Universality: a means towards building Knowledge Societies and the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda, and UNESCO’s comprehensive study of Internet-related issues. It also proposed several amendments to the draft outcome document highlighting the need to address social inclusion, gender, Africa, Small Island Developing States, open access to education resources and media and information literacy.
NETmundial is a global forum bringing together international institutions from various sectors related to the Internet governance. The focus is to discuss two important issues: Internet Governance Principles and the Roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem.
Ana Lúcia Guimarães, Communication officer, UNESCO in Brazil
a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org, 55-61-9966 3287