Seminar on Legal and Regulatory Requirements for a Sustainable Knowledge Society in the Arab Region
19-20 December 2012, Beirut
Under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications, His Excellency Nicolas Sehnaoui, ESCWA organized a Seminar on Legal and Regulatory Requirements for a Sustainable Knowledge Society in the Arab Region at the UN House in Beirut on 19 and 20 December 2012. Around 50 participants from 14 Arab countries attended the seminar representing governments, particularly ministries of justice and ICT, as well as academic institutions, the private sector and civil society. The seminar was also attended by participants representing the League of Arab States (LAS) and UN organizations.
The seminar was organized as a concluding activity of the ESCWA project Regional Harmonization of Cyber Legislation to Promote the Knowledge Society in the Arab World, which was launched in May 2009 and is funded by the UN Development Account. ESCWA implemented this project within the framework of its programme to support member countries in fulfilling the mandate of the World Summit on the Information Society which identifies cyber legislation as an essential component of building an enabling environment for the knowledge society.
The seminar concluded with a number of recommendations categorized according to the target beneficiaries. Thus, some recommendations addressed the governments whereas others focused on the need for building capacities and training personnel involved in the formulation of laws. ESCWA’s commitment for cyber legislation in the near future was explained as follows: (1) follow-up with LAS on the possibility of adopting the ESCWA Cyber Legislation Directives at the regional Arab level; (2) continued provision of advisory services to Arab countries on applying the Directives at the national level; (3) plan for a study on policies for safe use of the cyber space on the national and regional level – 2014.
Further information is available on the meeting’s webpage.