Following UNESCO’s 196 Executive Board Resolution, the finalized comprehensive Internet Study is hereby launched in English and French so as to inform the forthcoming 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2015.
The Study, as mandated by its 37th General Conference Resolution 52 (2013), is titled “Keystones to Foster Inclusive Knowledge Societies: Access to information and knowledge, Freedom of Expression, Privacy and Ethics on a Global Internet”. The study was built on a year-long multistakeholder consultation process, which involved several rounds of consultation with member states and other actors, as well as almost 200 major responses to an online questionnaire.
As a part of this multi-stakeholder consultative process, UNESCO has organized the CONNECTing the Dots Conference on 3 and 4 March 2015, with 400 participants from all stakeholder groups, from across the world, reviewing the draft Study. Ahead of the conference, the draft study was put online in open consultation with stakeholders. All those comments and suggestions, received through the Conference and online consultation, have been incorporated into the final version of the Study.
The Study includes the Options for future actions of UNESCO in the Internet related issues, which has served as a basis for the Outcome Document as adopted by the “CONNECTing the Dots” conference.
The Study also affirmed that the same rights that people have offline must be protected online, and good practices are shared between Member States and other stakeholders, in order to address security and privacy concerns on the Internet and in accordance with international human rights obligations. The Study also supports the Internet Universality principles (R.O.A.M) that promote a human rights-based approach, including freedom of expression, privacy, open Internet, accessible to all and characterized by multistakeholder participation”.
196th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board has recommended the Outcome Document of the “CONNECTing the Dots” conference for consideration by the 38th session of the General Conference and looks forward to Member States deliberations on them. The Board has also decided to forward the Outcome Document as a non-binding input to the post-2015 Development Agenda; the UN General Assembly overall WSIS review process; and the high-level meeting of the General Assembly established by General Assembly resolution 68/302.
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