The conference started in 2001 in the wake of the proclamation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Over the years it handled the burning issues regarding the employment of new ICT technologies for fighting poverty; discussing best practices and the development strategies deployed in different countries and in the system of the United Nations.
A course not only of observation and registration, but also of concrete actions which promoted, through the Infopoverty Program, innovative and active solutions with the ICT Villages like Sambaina which was proclaimed UN Millennium Village, up to the elaboration of the Global Platform for Digital Services, the application of which in the fields of telemedicine, e-health, food security and e-learning for job creation, first presented at the ECOSOC Innovation Fair in Geneva, makes available to remote communities and impoverished population those basic and essential services able to encourage them to emerge from extreme poverty and achieve sustainable development.
Now, as we are approaching the conclusion of the 2015 MDG and the post-2015 agenda, the Conference will review the progress made on the goals achieved and on the growing relevance that the Digital Revolution has in human progress, widening the access to knowledge and to communication to almost the whole of mankind and placing the tools required directly in the hands of those who need them, delineating existing prospects and opportunities ready to be grasped, and investigating, in the wake of the 2011 IWC “Who Drives the Digital Revolution”, the on-going processes, which record also remarkable critical issues on the usage of the ICTs.
This year the 14th edition of the Conference is structured in six thematic areas in which study cases will be sampled and solutions will be activated at different levels, in both the UN system and the Countries and Civil Society system. The aim is to supply the most efficient applications of new technologies, especially the ones still in an experimental stage that are directed towards satisfying the primary needs of the population, taking advantage of the ICT applications produced by the Global Platform for Digital Services, born from the conclusion of the 13th Conference and orientated to support the new strategies of sustainable development in the nations building process in the view of post-2015 agenda and SDGs.
In addition to the Conference, it will be presented relevant art films during the IV Signs of Change Film Festival