The Infopoverty Programme

The Infopoverty Programme aims at fighting poverty and promoting development through new technologies. It was launched by OCCAM in 2001, following the first digital villages in Honduras, validated in Geneva in 2003 and adopted in Tunis in 2005 by the United Nations summit on the Information Society. It is composed of:

  • Infopoverty World Conference: it takes place every year at the United Nations HQ, in videoconference with the various countries which are venues of parallel sessions, and it is the summit of drafting and certification of the programme
  • Infopoverty Seminars: cadenced during the year, they take place in the framework of UN activities, as work sessions of the programme
  • Infopoverty Exhibition: it presents the best practices and most advanced technological innovations 
  • ICT Villages: created in straitened communities of emerging countries to trigger off a development process thanks to the employment of modern technologies 
  • Infopoverty Satellite Platform: it is used to connect by broadband the communities with international assistance centres specialized in telemedicine, e-learning and e-governance

The Infopoverty World Conference, held annually at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, aims at delineating the most innovative solutions and the best practices elaborated with the United Nations system, governments and the civil society, to empower the fight against poverty. The Conference represents, for its continuity, operational capability and strong interoperability with the UN system, a unique global forum, gathering leading experts, academics, opinion leaders, managers, government officials and philanthropists.             

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