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M. Samir KOUBAA
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of Tunisia to the United Nations
June 27, 2006
The participation of many representatives of the civil society and the private sector confirms the importance they attach to ICT and in particular to the outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the follow up process.
As we all are aware, the digital gap contributes to the widening of the economic gap and aggravates exclusion and marginalization. Before being just a technological divide, the digital divide is essentially a development disparity and a gap impeding the dialogue of civilizations.
As a host country, Tunisia did endeavor, during the preparatory process to put all efforts in order to achieve consensus on all items of the Tunis Agenda, in particular the two major issues on which consensus could not be achieved in Geneva, namely Internet governance and financing. Indeed, we were convinced that wisdom and a spirit of compromise of all actors will help us attain our common objectives and aspirations and ensure that the Information society is moving along the desired path, a society which brings together different peoples and cultures, promotes opportunities of peaceful coexistence, understanding and constructive dialogue, mutual respect for cultural differences and for the commonly shared universal values and principles.
I will, very briefly, present the main thrust of WSIS’ outcome. I will later invite you to contribute to the effective implementation of those agreed Commitments:
The UN General Assembly decided to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to help to raise awareness, on an annual basis, of the importance of this global facility.
It is imperative that all Stakeholders: Governments, private sector, civil society, the United Nations and other interested regional and international organizations, should work together to meet the challenge ahead particularly that of harnessing the full potential of ICT for development and ensuring that the determination and commitment of the international community, in Geneva and in Tunis, to shape an information society accessible to all are translated into concrete actions. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the launch of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development, and the adoption of the Kuala Lumpur vision, which aims to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sectors and promote policies and partnerships that can help create an “arc of digital opportunity.”
In conclusion, I hope that participants at this Conference will have the possibility to exchange views on how best we can, all stakeholders, ensure the implementation of WSIS outcome as well as on some related questions including the following:
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