S03-WSISPC2-030217-TD-GEN-0002!!MSW-E.doc - 25 February 2003 Original English Document WSIS/PC-2/DT/2-E DRAFT DECLARATION Based on the DISCUSSION IN THE

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Document WSIS/PC-2/DT/2-E DRAFT DECLARATION Based on the DISCUSSION IN THE WORKING GROUP OF SUB-COMMITTEE 2 A. Preamble 1 An inclusive global information society is one where all persons, without distinction, are empowered freely to create, receive, share and utilize information and knowledge for their economic, social, cultural and political development. 2 The World Summit on the Information Society offers an historic opportunity to realize this vision. 3 By harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies, in all areas of human life, we can now provide new and better responses to vital and longstanding issues, such as in poverty reduction and wealth creation, as well as equity and social justice. 4 Knowledge has always been at the core of human progress and endeavour. Yet now, as never before, knowledge and information constitute the fundamental sources of well-being and progress. Our individual and collective ability to create and share knowledge has become the driving force in shaping all our futures. 5 Today, the dramatic increase in the volume, speed and ubiquity of information flows that has been made possible through new information and communications technologies has already brought about profound changes in the demands and expectations upon government, business, civil society and the individual. 6 Meanwhile the information and communication revolution is still in its infancy. The untapped potential of ICT to improve productivity and quality of life is a serious issue for many developing countries, which risk being left behind. 7 Faced with complex and ever-evolving challenges, all stakeholders have critical choices to make. New forms of solidarity and cooperation, new modes of social and economic organization and new ways of thinking are called for. 8 In order to translate the rhetoric of the information and communication revolution into equitable growth and sustainable development on a global scale, and to realize the potential of ICTs to empower people, all stakeholders need to embrace fully their new roles and responsibilities. 25 February 2003 Original English
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2 9 Information and communication technologies (ICTs) should be regarded as a tool and not as an end in themselves. 10 In all parts of the world remarkable success has been witnessed in using information and knowledge for individual and collective development. The Summit provides a platform to allow the dissemination and replication of such success stories and best practices. In so doing it will contribute to reducing disparities, including those of the “digital divide”. 11 To take advantage of the unprecedented win-win situation that an information society can yield, concrete action and global commitment are now required.
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