Who: 460 participants from governments, civil society, academia, the private sector, the technical community, inter-governmental and international organizations as well as innovators and pioneers
What: will examine internet-related issues with an emphasis on freedom of expression and privacy, access, ethics and multi-stakeholder participation on the internet in a conference that will feature presentations by a wide range of speakers from all parts of the world
Where: UNESCO Headquarters in Paris
When: 3 – 4 March, 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Outcome: The conference will examine and finalize a comprehensive study on internet-related issues, entitled Keystone to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies, a work in progress compiled through an ambitious open consultation over the past year.
An outcome statement will be submitted to the UNESCO Executive Board. The options outlined in the study will be presented to UNESCO’s Member States when they meet to determine the Organization’s programme and priorities at the next General Conference in late 2015. The study also represents a significant contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+10 Review process and the post-2015 international development agenda.
UNESCO will organize from 3 – 4 March 2015, an international multistakeholder conference to discuss the first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues. This major global study will capture and explore global perspectives on the new and emerging trends that are shaping the Internet space and our future. The meeting will propose recommendations for responses to Internet-related issues in UNESCO’s fields of competence.
The conference will be a multistakeholder event attracting participants from governments, civil society, academia, private sector, the technical community, inter-governmental and thought leaders in the Internet Governance space..
The conference is part of UNESCO’s response in support of the decision taken by its 195 Member States. Through Resolution 52, adopted in 2013 at the 37th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, Member States called for a comprehensive and consultative multi-stakeholder study on Internet-related issues within UNESCO’s fields of competence.
Due to logistical constraints only 460 participants can be physically present at this event.
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