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Reference:  A/60/100  [F]  [S]  [A]  [C]  [R]


  Item 49:


Information and communication technologies for development

Date of consideration:  19 October 2005 (PM)

Second Committee Report (59th session):  A/59/480   [ F ]   [ S ]   [ A ]   [ C ]   [ R ]  


A/60/111  [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Letter dated 5 July 2005 from the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


A/60/323  [F]   [S]   [A]   [C]   [R]  

Report of the Secretary-General on information and communication technologies for development: progress in the implementation of General Assembly resolution 57/295 (Mandate: GA dec. 59/531)


A/60/=  (to be submitted after the meeting)  

Report of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union on the World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis, 16-18 November 2005 (Mandate: GA res. 59/220, para. 11)


At its fifty-sixth session, in 2002, in the course of its consideration of the item entitled "Report of the Economic and Social Council", the General Assembly decided, on the proposal of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Venezuela, to convene a meeting of the Assembly devoted to bridging the digital divide and promoting digital opportunities in the emerging information society during that session and to organize, parallel to the plenary meetings, separate informal panels (see A/57/280). It further decided to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-seventh session an item entitled "Information and communication technologies for development" (resolution 56/258).

At the same session, under the item entitled "Macroeconomic policy questions: science and technology for development", the General Assembly endorsed the proposal of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to hold the World Summit on the Information Society in two phases, the first in Geneva in December 2003 and the second in Tunis in 2005 (resolution 56/183).

The General Assembly considered this question at its fifty-seventh session (resolutions 57/238 and 57/295). At its resumed fifty-eighth session, in July 2004, the Assembly decided to consider the report of the World Summit on the Information Society directly in plenary meeting at its sixtieth session (decision 58/569).

At its fifty-ninth session, the General Assembly took note of the note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report of the Secretary-General of ITU on the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society; endorsed the Declaration of Principles and the Plan of Action adopted by the Summit; welcomed the establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance and the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms; invited countries to be represented at the highest possible political level at the second phase of the Summit; and invited the Secretary-General of ITU to transmit, as soon as was available, the report of the World Summit on the Information Society (resolution 59/220).

At the same session, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a further report on the implementation of the information and communication technology strategy to the Assembly at its sixtieth session (decision 59/531).



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