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G3ict presents at 9th InfoPoverty World Conference

"ICT’s Good Use, Abuse, Refuse towards the Millennium Development Goals"
Evaluation of the role of ICTs at the midterm review of the MDG

  • New York, NY, USA
  • March 18-20, 2009
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Under the Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic
  • In collaboration with Milan, European Parliament Office
Infopoverty is a common platform aiming at fighting poverty through the innovative use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), able to provide broadband services such as telemedicine, e-learning, e-government, etc. to disadvantaged communities. Infopoverty is a Programme born in the ambit of the United Nations and coordinated by OCCAM, the Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication created by UNESCO in 1997. The Infopoverty Programme involves more than 100 international institutions that have taken part, in various forms, in the Infopoverty World Conference.

For additional information and registration, please visit http://www.infopoverty.net


18 MARCH, 2009

10.00 First session
New technologies for food security towards the World Fair 2015

The session will be devoted to the role new technologies can have in regards to food security and to the improvement of living conditions in disadvantaged communities, taking into special account farmers and small agricultural activities. Presentations will focus on the most innovative projects in this field, including the initiatives for the creation of the Centre of e-phytopathology and the Laboratory of e-Veterinary that were launched on the occasion of the International Food Summit held in October 2008 in Milan, Considering that the city will host the World Fair 2015 “Feeding the Planet; Energy for Life”.

19 MARCH, 2009

10.00 Second session
Global scenarios: Past and present challenges and obstacles of ICT4D projects

While global consensus seems to have been achieved in regards to the importance of incorporating ICTs in development strategies, it is much more difficult to individuate how ICTs are included in present plans of action. Thus, it is important to identify and share success stories, case studies, lessons learned as well as the reasons why some important were blocked, in order to give concrete suggestions to all stakeholders. The session will also use a critical approach to suggest best strategies able to overcome obstacles at all levels (economic, strategic, regulatory, industrial, commercial) that hamper the full deployment of the potentials of ICTs when dealing with development strategies and actions.

11.30 Third session
Market and research towards demand-driven ICTs in developing countries

One of the main challenges posed by the digital revolution in developing countries is the need to identify, create, produce and distribute products and services that are fit to the needs of end-users in the developing world. Speakers – mainly from business entities, R&D centers and universities – will meet representatives from developing countries to illustrate and learn how important emerging markets are, considering the saturation in the field of ICTs in the developed and industrialized world. How to develop R&D at the grassroots level, by local communities? What if companies had invested in the research and development of killer applications for the developing world rather than in financial instruments that are at the root of the present financial crisis?

14.30 Fourth session
The role and contribution of the
G@ID and its initiatives

In its more than two years of activities, the Global Alliance on ICT and Development (GAID) has proved to be a strong element of impulsion and convergence among stakeholders and promotion of ICTs as development tools. Still, e-services such as telemedicine, e-learning and e-governance have not yet become real common practices, as  in most countries remain at the pilot project level The session will be devoted to highlighting the most noteworthy experiences that have emerged in the life of GAID, including successes, failures and new proposals.

16.00 Fifth session
A fresh start for digital development

Building on the discussions during the workshops that will be carried out during the first day of the conference, the moderators of the workshops will be asked to suggest possible ways to further incorporate ICTs in strategies and activities dealing with each of the MDGs.

19 MARCH, 2009

10.00 Sixth session
Europe and America: which possible convergence for development

The Final Declaration endorsed by the Infopoverty World Conference 2008 announced “the suggestion jointly emerged from representatives of the European Parliament, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, US-AID, and the EU Commission to launch a privileged bridge for a deeper interaction between their prominent development policies”. The recent convergence between the US and Europe when dealing with the financial crisis con be further strengthen in global common actions toward Africa and emerging countries. In order to give concreteness to the bridge, each member of the European Parliament will adopt and present a project. The same will happen for members of other National Parliaments. The session will then result in the presentation of the outcome of the integrated projects to be developed in the different areas: Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America.

10.00 Seventh session
Final round table and approval of the Final Declaration