● Item 50: Information and communication technologies for development
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 during that session devoted to bridging the digital divide and promoting digital opportunities in the emerging information society 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 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 to fifty-ninth sessions (resolutions 57/238, 57/295 and 59/220 and decisions 58/569 and 59/531).
At its fiftieth session, the General Assembly recognized the important role of communication for development programmes in the United Nations system in enhancing the transparency of system-wide coordination within the United Nations system; and requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to report to the Assembly at its fifty-first session on the implementation of resolution 50/130 and on a biennial basis thereafter (resolution 50/130).
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