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UNICEF hosts global conference on new technologies and development

What:
The United Nations’ fifth annual Web4Dev conference, hosted this year by UNICEF.

Who:
Global leaders and innovators from the United Nations, academia, the development community and the private sector including:
  
• Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
• John Gage, Team Member KPCB, Former Chief Researcher and Vice President, Science Office, Sun Microsystems
• Kazi Islam, CEO Grameen Solutions
• Bhartendra Singh Baswan, Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration
• Tony Salvador, Ethnographer, Intel
• Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Adjunct Professor, NYU Graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program
• Nearly 300 participants including luminaries from academia, the private sector, United Nations agencies and civil society, in addition to bloggers, graduate students and software developers from the Open Source community.

When:
11-13 February 2009.

Where:
UNICEF, Three United Nations Plaza, New York, New York, 10017 and Conference Room 3 at the UN Secretariat.

Why:
Web4dev offers a platform for experts from the development community, academia and the private sector to share information and exchange experiences on how new and existing technologies can contribute to development. Held this year under the theme Innovation for Access, the conference will focus on the importance of strategic partnerships, innovation and new technologies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The first Web for Development Conference was held in Washington in November 2003. Subsequent conferences were hosted by the World Bank (2005), the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (2006), and UN-Habitat (2007).

For a list of participants and a detailed agenda, please visit the conference website: www.web4dev.org

Blogs: Find out what bloggers are saying about Web4Dev at: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_47903.html
Webcast: If you are unable to attend, the opening and closing sessions of the conference and the Innovation Track workshops will be accessible via live webcast using Ustream.TV (latest version of Adobe Flash Player required) at:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/web4dev---innovation-for-access-2009

The Knowledge Track workshops will be broadcast live by UN TV at: www.un.org/webcast

For further information and to register, please contact:

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1-212-326-7162, nmekki@unicef.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, +1-212-326-7452, kdonovan@unicef.org


 

 

 

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