“ICTs as the tools for everyone to achieve dignity and freedom"
14-15 April 2016, Room 12, UN Headquarters, New York
The Infopoverty World Conference has reached its 16th consecutive edition at the UN Headquarters, setting itself as an annual appointment for the high-level participants to confront themselves and to evaluate the progress of the current digital revolution and the best solutions to defeat poverty through the new ICTs.
The digital era offers new and powerful tools anyone can use. This revolution opens new spaces of freedom for each person in the planet to preserve and empower their dignity and creativity. However, not all of this is automatic and it has to be achieved by employing these tools correctly, conscious of their capabilities and of the ecosystem where the ICTs are being used.
The UN 2030 agenda is our magnetic compass towards the construction of the future and constitutes the commitments in the hand of Nations to build their society in a more equitable and people-oriented way. ICTs will play a primary role: they are pervasive in all aspects of our lives, and it will be more and more so in the near future. We need to understand the nature of the process and create new global infrastructures, such as a universal platform as Ban Ki-moon suggests in his declaration “Roadmap to dignity by 2030”.
This platform will involve the knowledge and leading competencies of the major worldwide institutions, in order to provide adequate services to Nations, communities, especially poor and needy ones. The UN itself is the major authoritative engine of eminent scientists, economists, technicians, doctors, and the like; it could be a strong and powerful engine furnishing solutions on demand for the most needy.
Infopoverty, devoted to the fight against poverty through ICTs has achieved, in 15 years of activity, a large number of results in term of solutions and best practices. The Infopoverty World Conference, held at the UN Headquarters in New York, has registered more than 500 speakers and presented more than 300 best practices, carried out by the participants of the program.
Sponsors and contributors of this year's edition (in alphabetical order - click on each logo to go to the website):