AIT – United Nations GA-ICT Conference
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The expert ICT knowledge and abilities of the Technology co-leaders, coupled with the exceptionally high interest the ICT Ministers and Ambassadors have for ICT for Development, facilitated passionate conversations that went on at each of the 17 working discussion tables. According to a number of the Heads of Delegation in attendance, the Breakfast discussions initiated a fantastic array of ideas for them on the economical and efficient use of ICT for Development.
|The Head Table, with Paul De Zan, Nitin Desai, Jorge Lima Delgado Lopes, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Cape Verde, Professor Turner T. Isoun, Minister of Science and Technology, Nigeria, Vince Steckler, and Mike Lackey||The Head Table, with Robert Callahan, Michael Miller, Douglas Batt, Ambassador Bob F. Jalang’o, and Paul De Zan||Table 15 discussions were led by John McCormick, Senior Writer, Baseline Magazine, and Frantz Merine, Director of IT, Columbia University School of Law.||Table 10 talks were led by Dr. Dennis Smith, Director, Office of the International Program, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, Avni Mustafaj, Corporate Account Executive, Corporate Learning Services, New York University.|
THE END — OR JUST THE BEGINNING?
“The first-ever UN General Assembly meeting on bridging the digital divide is a testament to the global importance and relevance of the challenge that faces us,” said Douglas Batt, Vice President and General Counsel of Concord Communications. “That challenge is to ensure that the developing world has access to an affordable, robust Internet infrastructure. Working together, the public and private sector can accomplish this, especially with the new technologies that are available.”
In the same vein, Bob Callahan, CEO at Ziff Davis, noted, “Hopefully the power of technology will help all countries.”
|Eric Auchard, Senior Technologies Writer, Reuters, was the technologies co-leader at Table 7.||Table 3 showing technologies co-leader Lindsey Holaday, Associate Director Strategic Planning, Yale University.||Dr. Ward Deutschman, Associate Vice President, Dowling College, co-led the talks at Table 6.||Joseph Blumenfeld, Vice President Marketing, Concord Communications, co-leader for discussions at Table 1.|
From a United Nations perspective, AIT was delighted to receive a congratulatory note from M. Patricia Durrant, Ambassador and Permanent Representative from Jamaica to the United Nations. Ambassador Durrant’s note captured the mood of the Delegates, Ministers, and Ambassadors at the Breakfast, as follows. “Let me congratulate you on the excellently organized Working Breakfast on the occasion of the General Assembly’s session on Information and Communication Technologies for Development. The attendance was really impressive. I certainly benefited from the interchange, and I know that this was true of the other members of the Jamaican delegation – Mrs. Camella Rhone, Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Technology and Professor Fay Durrant, Head of the Library and Information Department of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. I know that they will be following up on the contacts made.”
|Table 2 discussions were co-led by Marcia Stepanek, Executive Editor and Martha Schwartz, VP, CIO Insight Magazine.||Edward Prewitt, Leadership & Management Editor, CIO Magazine, offered guidance as the technology co-leader at Table 4.||Heads of Delegation in attendance represented the interests of 110 Nations||The intense discussions kept the entire audience of over 160 Delegates and Dignitaries glued to their seats well after the official closing of the Breakfast.|
|As a fitting end, and as Ambassador Jalang’o and AIT’s Mike Lackey looked on in amazement, it almost seemed that the Delegates were reluctant to leave! In Ambassador Jalang’o’s own words, “I am truly impressed by the fact that none of the Delegates has left earlier than the scheduled end to this Breakfast – in fact they are overstaying the Breakfast.” To which Mike Lackey replied . . . “Ambassador, if we don’t do something quickly to move them onward, they’ll all be late for the General Assembly’s scheduled meetings for the rest of the day!”||
This just related “stay-to-the-end” and “they will be following up” scenario is truly a testament to the “holding power”” of AIT’s expert speakers and to the thirst for knowledge displayed by the Delegates.
|Head Table Dignitaries and Delegates surround AIT’s personable and perky Carol Lackey. Left to right – Nitin Desai, Robert Callahan, Minister Isoun, Minister Lopes, Vince Steckler, Carol Lackey, Paul De Zan, Mike Lackey, Mike Miller, Douglas Batt, Ambassador Jalang’o.|