Mr. Vaezi expressed his views and concerns about development of information society in high-level track of WSIS Forum 2015
Mr. Vaezi, Islamic Republic of Iran minister of ICT expressed his views about information society, Internet governance, digital divide and developments of Iran towards inclusive information society in his high-level policy statement on 26 May at WSIS Forum 2015.
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015 was held in ITU and WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, between 25 and 29 May 2015. The overall theme of the WSIS Forum 2015 was Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development. Policy Statements were delivered during the High-Level Track (26–27 May 2015) Forum by high-ranking officials of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community, representing the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations to express their views and report on the achievements, challenges and recommendations on the implementation of WSIS Action Lines, emerging trends, innovation and matters of strategic importance to the development of the telecommunication and information and communication technology sector.
In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful Madam Chairman Honorable Ministers Excellencies Distinguished Delegates Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to address this WSIS Forum here in Geneva. We appreciate the efforts made by the ITU's Secretary General Mr. Houlin Zhao, and all other officials and individuals for their dedication to WSIS throughout these years since the UN general assembly adopted its first resolution on WSIS in December 2001. The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates the importance of a people-centered, inclusive, and development-oriented Information Society that could contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration. The world is facing new and serious challenges, some of which can be effectively addressed via using advanced and efficient communications and information technologies. Last week, we proudly celebrated ITU's 150th anniversary, the theme of which was telecommunications and ICTs: Drivers of Innovation. It is well recognized that the world is shifting towards innovation-driven economies, and it is most fitting that we also take bold initiatives to encourage and facilitate technological innovations that would help us achieve our goals for sustainable development, improve our information-driven societies in all aspects, and make this world a better place for all.
I would like to express our concerns regarding the digital divide between the developed and the developing countries. To reduce this gap, communications and information technologies and services should be accessible by all. To this end, national efforts in the developing countries for creating, improving, and expanding capacities to allow their involvement in all aspects of the global information society should be facilitated by other governments and institutions by way of providing technical advice and support. We believe that Internet governance is an important component of the information society, and should be accomplished according to the Geneva principles, that all governments should have an equal footing to carry out their roles and responsibilities in the international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. In Iran, we have a number of mega projects that are being carried out with a view to expanding and improving the provision of information-related services to the public. In particular, we are accelerating the development of the Iran National Information Network (ININ), which will expand local contents and services to our nation. This will utilize the ICT as the cornerstone of future social, economic, and cultural developments in Iran. We encourage and welcome investments and activities of the private sector in furtherance of the objectives of the Iran National Information Network. Madam Chairman Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish success for this year WSIS Forum and look forward to witnessing more achievements towards the ideal Information Society. Thank you.
Keywords: Information society, Internet Governance, National Information Network, sustainable development, WSIS.
Prepared by: MIS News Group
Source: ITU, WSIS 2015: High-level Policy Statements, May 2015.