Presentation on theme: "Role of UNESCAP on ICT for Development Presented by: Dr. Guennadi M. Fedorov Chief, ICT Policy Section Information, Communication and Space Technology."— Presentation transcript:
Role of UNESCAP on ICT for Development Presented by: Dr. Guennadi M. Fedorov Chief, ICT Policy Section Information, Communication and Space Technology Division UNESCAP, Bangkok E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background UNESCAP - set up a new Information, Communication and Space Technology (ICST) Division in July 2002 -major focus on ICTs application for development and poverty reduction - New Division consists of 3 sections: ICT Policy, ICT Applications and Space Technology Applications. -Objective: to strengthen the capacity of UNESCAP member and associate member countries to create an enabling environment for the development, transfer and application of ICST.
ICST Strategy Focus on the development of a legal and regulatory framework and competition policies related to investment and provision of ICST infrastructure Support national efforts for the application of ICT in various economic and social sectors Promote satellite based ICT applications for remote and rural areas, distance education and sustainable development planning Promote the use of ICST applications, by, among other things facilitating adaptation to local conditions or transfer of best practices.
What we are doing organization of training/seminars/workshops, and provide advisory services; preparation of research studies; Promotion of regional cooperation mechanism on knowledge and technology transfer, replication of best practices and work towards establishment of ICT working group/networks in the region.
Some of the up-going ICST Activities 1. Regional Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Disaster Management for Asia and the Pacific -co-organized by UNESCAP and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs -Venue and Date: UNCC, Bangkok; 11-15 November 2002 -Follow-up activity of regional workshop on cooperative mechanism in space technology applications for natural disaster management, which was held from 5-6 June 2002 in Beijing, China
-Objective: to incorporate the use of space technologies in a sustainable manner into operational disaster management programmes in Asia-Pacific countries -immediate objectives: to increase the awareness of the potential benefits of using space-based technologies; - to enable the consolidation of networking among national and regional agencies and the definition of possible partnerships Target Group: space agencies, decision makers, researchers and users that have already developed space technology- based solutions to disaster management and those responsible for dealing with disaster management and space technology in least developed and developing countries
2. Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on E-Commerce Strategies for Development -jointly by UNESCAP and UNCTAD in close cooperation with Royal Thai Government, 20-22 Nov 2002 at UNCC, Bangkok Goal: enhancement of local ICT capacities and e-commerce in the countries of the region Bring together government and business leaders from the field of the field of ICT from all UNESCAP member and associate member states - who examine various policy options for the development of e- commerce in the region and based, on best practices, will identify key elements of national and regional e-strategies.
Target Group: senior officials responsible for e-commerce policy making at national level and by representatives from the private sector, regional and international organizations, experts from civil society (first 2 days) -Ministers and CEOs of the leading business in the region -Key note speeches – by the Prime Minister of Thailand, the Secretary-General of UNCAD and the Executive Secretary of UNESCAP -Opening- followed by Round Table Debate on e-commerce and development with ministers in charge of national e-commerce policy-making
3. Asia-Pacific Conference on Cyber-crime and Information Security Organized by UNESCAP in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communication, Republic of Korea, and the Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) in Seoul (11-13 Nov 2002) Objective: to promote regional cooperation in combating cyber-crime Immediate Objectives (1) To make contribution and prepare action plan on reduction of cyber crime and enhancement of information security for regional preparatory meeting for WSIS.
(2) To promote international cooperation in protection of cyber crime and information security in the region. Target Group: 20 country delegations from the Asia-Pacific region, along with the private sector, and regional and international experts on cyber-crime and information security - to participate in the formulation of an action plan to improve the ability of the region to address cyber-crime and information security issues. - to contribute to the development of a regional position on cyber- crime and information security at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a global conference to be held in 2003
4. Ad hoc Expert Group Meeting on ICT for Poverty Alleviation: Developing Nation ICT Strategies -will be held on 28 and 29 January 2003 at UNCC, Bangkok -overall objective: to bring the benefits of the ICT revolution to the rural poor - Specific objectives: 1. promote the formulation of consistent national policies on ICT for rural poverty reduction and sensitize the need for government leadership in making ICT an effective tool for rural poverty reduction;
(2) encourage collaboration among governments, development organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders in finding solutions to the common problem of reducing rural poverty through application of appropriate ICT services in rural areas; (3) Develop a framework of national ICT policies for rural poverty reduction and recommendations for defining the role and limitation of government and other parties in developing ICT into an effective tool for rural poverty reduction, including services expected to be rendered by international organizations; (4) Assist in defining UNESCAP’s role in promoting ICT policies for rural poverty reduction. and facilitating access to information on issues related to rural poverty reduction through the identification, analysis and dissemination of best practices.
Target Group: selected number of experts on the application of ICT in rural areas – from central and local government agencies, community based rural organizations with practical experience of ICT application and the private sector with involvement in rural communication, communications research and with experience in local content development for effective programming of ICT uses in rural income generation, and also representatives from other organizations involved in ICT policy development and application for poverty reduction in the region
Promotion of Regional Cooperation Mechanism UNESCAP - playing a key role in providing the equitable and affordable access to ICT for all people of the region through the establishment of Regional Interagency Working Group (IWG) on ICT in close cooperation with APT and ITU and Organization of the first Preparatory meeting to establish UN ICT Task Force Regional Network for Asia and the Pacific - in 4 February 2002 in UNCC, Bangkok. jointly, organized by UNESCAP, APT and ITU.
The participants of this meeting were from: UNESCAP, UNDP, and Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP) UNESCO, World Bank, ITU, Intergovernmental organizations: APT, ADB, SEAMEO, and AIT, ITU Association of Japan, Inc.; Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (India); Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Thailand); Ministry of Transport and Communication (Thailand); Telecommunication Association of Thailand.
The result of the first preparatory meeting - useful to the next meeting held in Shanghai, China in March 2002 The participants of this meeting were from Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and UNESCAP, UN ICT Task Force Secretariat, and Arab Regional Network of UN ICT Task Force. During the meeting, delegates reached a consensus that 3 sub- networks of Asia-Pacific Network of UN ICT Task Force should be established: (i) inter-agency sub-network led by UNESCAP, (ii) inter-governmental sub-network led by China, and (iii) private sectors, NGOs/civil society sub-network led by India
The 2 nd meeting of the Regional IWG on ICT: (a) discussed establishment of the Regional Network of the UN ICT Task Force in Asia and the Pacific and (b) decided to become a part of the regional network of the UN ICT Task Force (c) discussed issues pertaining to the regional preparation for the WSIS, and (d) Web-site of the Interagency Working Group on ICT which has been already established by APT.
UNESCAP – further interested/willing to extend its cooperation with other international/regional/sub-regional organizations - to provide digital opportunities to all people in the region and to harness the potential of ICT for promoting the goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. - UNESCAP welcomes Regional Preparations for the WSIS by the Japanese Government in Tokyo, 13-15 January 2003 - Recently, meeting between the Executive Secretary of UNESCAP with the Japanese Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Public Management was held
Contribution by UNESCAP to the Regional Meeting - Keynote address by the Executive Secretary - Financial support for 14 countries (LDC and PIC) to participate in the regional conference. - Organization of regional meetings on ICT which report to the Regional Conference: · - Regional Conference on Cyber-crime and Security (11-13 November 2002, Seoul) · - Regional Conference on e-commerce (18-20 November 2002, Bangkok) · - ICT Accessibility Seminar for Disabled Persons (20-21 June 2002)
UNESCAP - very much interested/willing to extend its cooperation further with other international/regional/sub-regional organizations/institutions in supporting national efforts of countries in the region to facilitate the development and applications of ICT in all aspects of social and economic development including poverty eradication and mainstreaming the countries lagging behind with a view to bridging the digital divide between countries and within countries of the region by providing digital opportunities to all and to harness the potential of ICT for promoting the goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.