ICT to support achievement of the MDGs

2010 GAID Global Forum and Annual Meeting will take place on 5-6 December in Abu Dhabi

The Annual Meeting and Global Forum are major annual events of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) and bring together participants from the global ICT for Development community to engage in multi-stakeholder dialogues and debates around key and emerging issues in this field and foster partnerships and collaboration. This year’s event will be organized by GAID and hosted by the Abu-Dhabi Systems and Information Center.

The theme of this year’s Global Forum will be “Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals – Moving from Advocacy to Action”. Participants will include ministers, senior policy makers, business leaders, representatives of international organizations, civil society and academia active in the field of ICT for Development.

The Forum will be an opportunity to perform a collective “reality check” on the progress made thus far in using ICT to achieve the MDGs and what still needs to be done to ensure that ICT fulfill their vast potential for accelerating achievement of the MDGs. The main goal of the Forum is to identify concerns and priorities to move decisively and productively from advocacy to action.

The Global Alliance will also present, for further discussion and feedback, its major initiative – the MDG eNabler, a free web-based set of ICT-based tools and resources designed to assist governments and all development practitioners in their work towards achieving the MDGs.

The Board of Directors and the Strategy Council of GAID will meet on 6 December, following the closing of the Global Forum. Among the principal items on the agenda for both meetings will be the discussion and adoption of the Plan of Action for 2011 and beyond.

For more information: http://www.un-gaid.org/

Monitoring the MDGs

18th Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG indicators takes place in Geneva from 30 November-2 December

As part of the regular consultation with both national and international experts to review and discuss issues related to the MDG monitoring, the meeting will focus on localizing the MDG indicators, country capacity building and creation of appropriate frameworks for monitoring national development. It will also coordinate related technical cooperation activities in countries and plan the production of the global MDG monitoring outputs for 2011.

For more information: http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Host.aspx?Content=Capacity/Geneva.htm