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Published: 9 June 2014

UNGIS Statement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Joint Statement is a collective contribution to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda submitted to the UN Secretary General and the UN System Task Team by the 30-member UNGIS. It is specifically aimed at ensuring that ICTs, applications and services, be underlined and included prominently in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Statement provides a brief overview on ICT as an important factor in development agendas, before discussing proposals on the place of ICT in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the importance of interaction between this Agenda and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) review processes.

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UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) is an interagency mechanism aimed at coordinating substantive and policy issues facing the United Nations system’s implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society adopted by WSIS.


The Digital Arabic Content (DAC) Industry.

Download the DAC brochure here

It has been largely acknowledged that the Internet is a viable means for supporting socioeconomic development. The Internet has become the most comprehensive repository of knowledge and a resource providing communities with all sorts of tools to improve the quality of life. However, the digital content divide remains a major impediment hindering the access of communities in the Arab region to the full value of the Internet. The limited availability of digital content in Arabic, which only represents 2 per cent of the global digital content, constitutes a language barrier that should be crossed to contribute in bridging the digital content divide and increase the number of Internet users in the Arab world.

The 2013 Digital Arabic Content Competition

As part of the second phase of the project on the Promotion of the Digital Arabic Content Industry through Incubation, the 2013 DAC Competition will unlock the potential of entrepreneurs and university graduates who aspire to build novel DAC applications and products. Attention will be given to new trends and technologies. The winners will be granted an incubation period of up to 12 months with partner business incubators who will provide them with coaching, business advice, office facilities and guidance to establish a competitive startup company.

   Meetings and workshops  

Capacity Building Workshop on Measuring the Use and Impact of ICT
December 17-18, 2013

Regional Workshop on e-Government Best Practices
December 3 - 5, 2013

Arab Forum on the ICT Sector
May 7-10, 2013

Expert Group Meeting on the Role of ICT in Socio-Economic Development
April 9-10, 2013

Workshop on Results of ICT indicators Survey in the Business Sector in Iraq
March 25-28, 2013

Previous meetings...