On 8 February, Mr. Sha Zukang, USG of DESA and Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) met with the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, to discuss GAID’s progress and the path ahead.
The Secretary-General thanked Mr. Sha Zukang for his continued support as well as the current and former leadership of GAID for their tireless commitment. The agenda included the development of a Matrix of ICT Solutions for MDGs Advancement that GAID committed to present next September in the context of the United Nations Summit on MDGs, and initial ideas of the Chairman and Co-Chairs on normative matters on rights in Information Societies and uses of ICT for the protection of life and property. The Secretary-General gave his full support to the continuing efforts of GAID, in particular to the Matrix project. The Secretary-General accepted the role of a “Honorary Chair” of GAID.
On the same day, DESA hosted the 7th meeting of the Steering Committee of GAID at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Participants included the Minister for the Information Society of Macedonia, Mr. Ivo Ivanovski, members from the private sector and civil society, and United Nations staff.
Mr. Sha Zukang acknowledged the success of the Alliance in advocacy for ICT for development and reiterated the need to be more results-oriented. The Committee welcomed the appointment by DESA of the new Executive Coordinator of the Secretariat of GAID, Mr. Sergei Kambalov, as well as the designation by the Chairman of Mr. Sarbuland Khan as his Honorary Advisor.
The Committee determined that the main output of GAID in 2010 will be the Matrix of ICT Solutions for MDGs Advancement to be delivered next September in the context of the United Nations Summit on MDGs. The Committee discussed ways to secure the successful implementation of the 2010 Action Plan. Attention was given to the need of effective fund raising to support the GAID budget for 2010.
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