UN Chronicle

A news reference publication published by the United Nations. Reports on UN actions and events as it addresses world issues.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 3, September

A Strong, UN-Based Digital Bridge
The United Nations plays a key role in overcoming one of the major challenges and harnessing one of the greatest opportunities facing humankind today--bridging the digital divide, both among and within countries. The importance of open, accessible,...
Bridging the Digital Divide in Health: "From Trade to Telemedicine, from Education to Environmental Protection, We Have in Our Hands, on Our Desktops, and in the Skies above, the Ability to Improve Standards of Living for Millions upon Millions of People. ... "
With these words, in an opening address to the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan captured the promise of information and communication technology. Building on the Millennium Development...
Context and Design in ICT for Global Development
Information and communication technology is deeply woven into the fabric of society and is integral to the way we do business, entertain ourselves, talk lo each other, learn about the world, and even feed ourselves. With nearly live billion mobile...
Digital Asia-Pacific in the Twenty-First Century: Promises and Perils in the Creation of an Inclusive Knowledge Society
Change is accelerating in the Asia-Pacific region, including in rural areas, as it becomes the global economy's growth driver. In 2010, the region's developing countries grew at an impressive rate of 8.8 percent compared to 2.7 per cent for the world's...
ICT for Poverty Reduction in Lao PDR
Information and communications technology (ICT) holds the promise of making the world a fairer place. Indeed, in many countries, increased information access and social networking are giving citizens a larger voice in local, national, and regional...
Mobile Communication and Socio-Economic Development: A Latin American Perspective
The impact of information and communication technology is not limited to the sector in which it is produced, but rather it spreads to all sectors of production and consumption. This is also valid for mobile telephony. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In...
Rewarding Scientific Knowledge for Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is a critical issue in the management of global survival and environmental preservation. Increasingly, it is extending its reach across a broad multidisciplinary policy canvas, impacting economic, social, and cultural spheres...
Strengthening Crisis Information Management in a Networked World: A Call for Vision, Leadership, and Collaboration
How do we respond? How do we know when to respond? Two fundamental questions drive not only humanitarian relief and aid work, but also all responses to a wider range of emergencies and crises that the United Nations system is geared to prevent, mitigate...
The ICT/poverty Nexus
Over the past decade, there has been a remarkable growth in the use of information and communication technology across the world. Writing in 1999, Geoffrey Kirkman (1) commented that half of the world's population had never made a telephone call. By...
The Role of E-Governance in Bridging the Digital Divide
Ever since I attended the May 2011 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, I keep thinking about one of the trends in e-government that was debated there: namely, that the development of e-services is directly linked to the active involvement...
WSIS and the Broadband Divide: Obstacles and Solutions
At the beginning of 2011, there were 5.4 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, meaning that we have effectively achieved the goal of bringing all of the world's people within reach of the benefits of information and communication technology...

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