Welcome to OCCAM The Observatory on Digital Communication was established in 1996 by UNESCO in Milan, with the Agreements signed by the Director General, Federico Mayor and Mayor Marco Formentini in June 1996. The acronym stands for Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication in the Mediterranean. Since 2003, OCCAM has been associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, while in 2005 it received Special Consultative Status at the UN’s Social and Economic Council (ECOSOC). Since 2006 OCCAM is leader of the e-service for development Community of Expertise within the Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies and Development (UN – GAID), initiative launched by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Kuala Lumpur. OCCAM was founded with the mission to fight poverty as effectively as possible using the new technologies and to promote sustainable development actions in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and works to support the UN strategies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), former Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 2000-2015). OCCAM’s actions, besides its function of Observatory on Digital Communication with studies and research, focuses also on two other main initiatives: – The Infopoverty World Conference that has been held annually since 2001 in the UN headquarters in New York; it takes stock of the phenomena of the digital revolution as it can be employed to strengthen the fight against poverty; – The Infopoverty Programme that collects the operational suggestions emerging from the conference to turn them into projects realized in various parts of the world. As part of the Infopoverty program, OCCAM promoted the foundation of the Infopoverty Institute at the University of Oklahoma in 2004, to spread the Infopoverty vision in the American academic world, having as its scope to improve the living conditions of the population with ICT. 


Friday, 4th December 2020, 10 am (NYT) – 4 pm (CET)

The XX Infopoverty World Conference will be held virtually and can be viewed on the UN Webcast. Focused on the theme Should the Digital Society evolve according to the SDGs, it is the fifth and final initiative among the others realised during this year.

Please visit the XX Infopoverty World Conference section for more information.



Friday, May 29 2020, 3 pm (CET) – 9 am (ET) 

We are delighted to present Infopoverty First Webinar “Towards a Digital Society Inspired by SDGs”. We will discuss about the advantages and disadvantages of this “New Digital Way of Life” and how SDGs can help determine our future “digital” society. 

Complete the Google Registration form and partecipate in our First Infopoverty Webinar on Friday 29th 3 pm (CET).   


 Other News

In the occasion of UN Earth Day, OCCAM is relaunching its movie The Earth: Our Home created for the Shanghai Expo of 2010 and presented at the UN Pavilion. Please click here to see part of the movie. In collaboration with ICFT UNESCO, OCCAM is also promoting movies presented by its partner UNAFF: ANGEL AZUL and DIRT RICH. 


 Relaunch of the UN MILLENIUM VILLAGE of SAMBAINA: Notwithstanding the current and severe global situation inflicted by the Coronavirus, OCCAM is fully engaged in the relaunch of the ICT Village of Sambaina. Please click here to have further information or visit our section IN ACTION > Project ICT Villages > ICT Village of Sambaina.