Global Public-Private Partnership Launches to Deliver Digital Opportunity for All.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2002
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to Drive e-Strategies for Developing Nations
The Markle Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNDP Unión Nacional para la Democracia y el Progreso (National Union for Democracy and Progress) ) today kicked off the Global Digital Opportunity Initiative (GDOI GDOI Group Domain of Interpretation (RFC 3547) ) with the formation of an International Partners Group including Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. , Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems “Cisco” redirects here. For other uses, see Cisco (disambiguation).
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The initiative is committed to assisting developing nations with pro-bono expertise and resources to create e-strategies and solutions that advance development goals.
The initiative and its partners will work in approximately twelve developing nations over the next two years to assist them in harnessing digital technology's power to improve healthcare and education, address social equity issues, reduce poverty and create enhanced economic opportunity. The initiative is premised upon recognition of the growing interdependence in·ter·de·pen·dent
Mutually dependent: "Today, the mission of one institution can be accomplished only by recognizing that it lives in an interdependent world with conflicts and overlapping interests" of nations, and of the critical need to include developing countries as full participants in the increasingly networked economy and society.
The Global Digital Opportunity Initiative is a unique collaboration generated by the recent global task forces commenced on the global digital divide by the G-8 governments and United Nations, and aimed at engaging public and private sectors in a joint effort to develop technologies, policies and applications for the entrenched en·trench also in·trench
v. en·trenched, en·trench·ing, en·trench·es
1. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
2. development problems of impoverished nations. In addition to the international partners group, the initiative is being advised by a Steering Committee steer·ing committee
A committee that sets agendas and schedules of business, as for a legislative body or other assemblage.
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"It is now undeniable that information and communications technologies Noun 1. communications technology - the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
engineering, technology - the practical application of science to commerce or industry play a critical role in helping developing nations achieve basic development goals. Now it is time to get the job done on the ground in response to the large number of requests we have received from developing countries," said Mark Malloch Brown, UNDP administrator. "This initiative is now poised to take action in concert with all key national stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. to create a dynamic policy framework for development."
"GDOI is also an example of a new way of doing business for the United Nations as a whole, both in its reform process and in forging a new kind of relationship with like-minded partners in developed and developing countries," he added.
"New technologies, deployed appropriately, offer an unprecedented opportunity to meet global development challenges," said Zoe Baird, president of the Markle Foundation. "This initiative is a powerful example of how public and private organizations can jointly mobilize technological resources and expertise in the service of improving lives around the world."
GDOI represents a concrete realization of Markle and UNDP's commitment to mobilizing public and private sectors in the effort to create development dynamics in poor countries. GDOI can be viewed as an important statement by the technology industry that it is willing to support innovative programs that have the potential to drive sustainable development Sustainable development is a socio-ecological process characterized by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely. The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union . The GDOI International Partners Group is a significant first step toward developing new collaborative models In psycholinguistics, the collaborative model(or conversational model) is a theory for explaining how speaking and understanding work in conversation, specifically how people in conversation coordinate to determine definite references. for development based on the convergence of information and communications technologies.
There is growing evidence that information technologies can play a critical role in advancing poor nations' development goals, creating wealth and alleviating poverty. The same forces also threaten to widen the current economic and social divides if countries cannot take advantage of them. GDOI will focus on creating holistic plans and programs covering policy, human capacity, enterprise, applications, content, and infrastructure that can ignite a "development dynamic" in countries that can most benefit. Each member of the International Partners Group is committed to providing resources and expertise on a pro-bono basis to at least three countries over the next two years.
The GDOI International Partner's Group Includes: Private Sector Non-profit International Organizations --------------------------------------------------------------------- AOL-Time Warner African Connection, International Chamber South Africa of Commerce Cisco Systems Bridges, South Africa International Telecommunication Union CommerceNet Global Internet United Nations Policy Initiative Economic Commission for Africa GeoPartners Harvard Center for Ventures International Development Global Information InterAction Infrastructure Commission Grameen Bank, International Development Bangladesh Research Centre, Canada Hewlett-Packard Media Lab Asia, India Millennium Tech OneWorld International, U.K. Ventures Morrison & University of California Foerster LLP Berkeley-Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) N-Logue, India World Resources Institute PicoPeta Simputers, India STMicroelectronics, Italy Sun Microsystems TAG International, Egypt White & Case
About the Markle Foundation
The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of emerging communications media and information technology to improve people's lives and does so through its own programs of grants, investments, research and public education. Markle recently committed $100 million to its efforts in public policy, healthcare and children's learning. The Global Digital Opportunity Initiative is part of Markle's Global Digital Opportunity Project, which works to advance the use of information and communications technologies in development and to ensure inclusion of developing countries as the networked economy and society takes hold. For more information see www.markle.org.
About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP as part of the United Nations is committed to the principle that development is inseparable from the quest for Verb 1. quest for - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
quest after, go after, pursue
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the peace and human security and that the United Nations must be a strong force for development as well as peace. With offices in 132 countries, UNDP's mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out development programs in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable livelihoods, the empowerment of women and the protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication. Its home page address is http://www.undp.org.