Visions for a better world, Volume 1
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Visions for a better world, Volume 1

A compendium of extracts from statements of Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, 10 - 12 December 2003

A compendium of extracts from statements of Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, 10-12 December 2003. This publication provides extracts from statements by Heads of State and Government at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10–12 December 2003. It is intended as a historical resource and as a vehicle to carry the messages of world leaders to a wider public.

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The fact that our world has been transformed by the application of rapidly evolving information and communication technologies (ICT) has become a challenge to us all. We are living in a global information age in which advanced communications have become a key factor in the social and economic progress of nations. The new technologies carry with them the immense potential of creating a more equitable global order. They can unlock the untapped capacities that lie within every society, but more especially those of poorer less developed nations. But clearly, for this promise to be delivered, we must first overcome the digital divide that threatens to even magnify existing disparities in the future.