Resolution adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization General Conference 10th Session, Rome, March 2013
In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technology The General Conference Reaffirming the United Nations Millennium Declaration adopted by Heads of States and Governments on the occasion of the Millennium summit 1, and especially commitment made to achieve the MDG 8.F, Recognizing the difficulty for developing country to benefit, by 2015, with the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications, Believing that ICTs, hold an immense potential, an education closer to nowadays needs, an efficient and competitive economy, and ensuring a better governmental transparency, Being fully aware of the ICTs contribution towards poverty eradication and economical growth, Reaffirming the outcome of the world summit on information Society; thus further reiterate commitment towards implementation of this outcome as endorse by the UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183, Recalling further the outcome of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Recognising the importance of Information Communication Technology as a tool to facilitate rapid economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental growth and development, Taking note of the political instability, inefficiency, rapid climate change as well as the disparity in ICT between developed and developing countries, 1. through:
Emphasizes the need to enhance political efficiency and effectiveness
(a) The creation of an enabling environment for ICT related ideas and projects to thrive and survive through the provision of basic infrastructures such as constant electricity; (b) Encouraging coherent, precise and realistic domestic policies and domestic resources mobilization in financing the MDGâ€™s and promoting development; (c) Stressing on the need to involve stakeholders in decision making process and incentive them in case of reaching the UN previous fixed objective; (d) Incentives to agencies/companies that accept to have an UN supervisor during all the time when UNESCO will disburse the founds;
2. Welcomes the strengthening of existing specialized agencies such as ITU, IUC through further enhancement of measures to control and monitor ICT projects in developing countries; 3. Calls upon this committee to establish precise goals to fulfil or benchmarks by providing a quantitative and time-bound target for achieving the MDG8.f; 4.
Encourages investment in ICTs in rural and isolated areas through:
(a) Creating links and networks connecting countries, especially large states and states facing climate issues; (b) Governmental incentives to private companies which are able to achieve specific goals; (c)
Sharing of technologies and know-how;
5. Further encourages the creation of an open knowledge network that will aim at facilitating and expanding the creation of local content on a range of media and encourage its exchange within developing countries; 6. Invites continuous innovation in providing and creating advanced technologies that would address adverse negative effects on the environment as a result of unsustainable environmental practices and climate change, through: (a) Encouraging investment in environmentally sustainable products through removal or reducing trade barriers; (b) Promoting of sustainable developmental practices, such as waste management; (c)
Gradual transferring of progressive ICTs to the developing countries;
7. Proposes the creation of a program in which one computer per school is provided then as the program expands, increase it to one computer per classroom, and so forth until there is one computer per child attending school; 8. Promotes entrepreneurship by e-trade, which can be expanded by providing opportunities to rural communities to create e-shops through sites such as e-bay and other methods for profit; 9. Believes that e-learning and the access to these tools eases the difficulties of a lack of supplies in remote areas. If we can establish an access to the Internet to these rural areas, the ability to reach learning, or other materials, greatly increases in rural communities by: (a) Asking the private sector can assist governments with this program by having the purchase of every four computers, one will be donated to a school, and so forth; (b)
Needing the donation of refurbished technology;
(c) Advising the private sector to implement a donation between 10% to 20% of every purchased computer to this program in order to reach this goal; (d)
Establishing a volunteer network between countries;
(e) Developing ICT networks in rural communities to furthermore enhance these programs; 10.
Encourages the ensuring of financial help through:
(a) Proposing reduction of barriers to free trade in order to increase competition and decrease the costs of ICTs to facilitate their access; (b) Urging governments to develop funds to finance the ICTs through a reallocation of a certain percentage of their GDP into Research &Development on ICTs; (c)
Creating public private partnerships;
Welcomes the sharing of best practices in the ICT sphere;
12. Invites developed countries to establish incentives for private companies to donate unwanted material goods to developing countries with the introduction of free international shipping for all donated goods; 13. Further Requests government intervention in the ethical conduct of government officials to combat political corruption and the appropriate allocation of financial assistance; 14. Calls upon member states to implement exchange programs for primary school teachers in order to compensate the lack of techno-literate human resources; 15. Asks for cooperation among developing and developed countries to promote North-South equilibrium in access to ICT technologies; 16. Welcomes the improvement of international networks of NGOs that are relevant to ICT innovation and allocate assistance to local agencies to promote technological awareness in schools; 17. Further Calls for endorsement and expansion of radio and WLAN coverage especially by improving electrical systems and promoting the expansion of community internet access locations; 18. Stresses the need to create an efficient global partnership to ensure that the benefits of the ICTs are profited worldwide by:
(a) Promoting private partnerships and encouraging the participations of NGOs and civil society in order to achieve the aim of bringing ICTs the benefits to every countries of the world; (b) Promoting collaboration between governments and ICT companies in order to create a common framework to develop ICTs by sharing successful implemented technologies and good practices and replicate them in developing countries; (c) Incentivizing government actions to foster up and coming national ICT companies to base in their countries; (d) Supporting the production of local content promoting cultural and linguistic diversity on the internet; (e) Encouraging access to new technologies and the internet by supporting the installation of public internet access points at least in the capital cities of every developing countries, and in major cities in developed countries;
(f) Further encouraging the participation of religious institutions to promote the use of ICT, with the purpose of strengthening common values and culture of peace.
Resolution adopted on MDG 8f at the 10th Session of the General Conference, on 10 March 2013.
Annex Sponsors of this Resolution: Ethiopia, Pakistan, France, United Kingdom, China, Australia, USA, South Korea Signatories of this Resolution: Argentina, Togo, Tunisia, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Morocco, Brunei, Norway, Lebanon