Agenda Item

Action date

20/10/2004

Background

The President of the World Bank shared with Executive Heads the experience of the World Bank in knowledge management. The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) provided an update on preparations for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, to be held in Tunisia from 16 to 18 November 2005.

Discussion

CEB thanked the President of the World Bank for his offer to assist the United Nations in developing an appropriate paradigm for knowledge management and sharing.

Action

CEB endorsed the recommendations before it as follows:
  • HLCP, in close consultation with the High-level Summit Organizing Committee for the World Summit on the Information Society (HLSOC), should undertake a work programme for mainstreaming and integrating information and communications technology (ICT) into the broader Millennium Development Goals agenda, including through the development of system-wide approaches and guidelines for use by country representatives and by the resident coordinator system; and, working closely with the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM) and the ICT network, to focus on developing a clear vision of a United Nations system-wide knowledge management system, its optimum functionality and implementation options.
  • The United Nations system ICT strategy should be pursued as an essential component of the overall effort to enhance cost-effectiveness, strengthen system-wide knowledge management and enhance the capacity to support countries in using ICT for the achievement of the Goals. HLCM and the ICT network should work closely with HLCP to continue to develop the business cases for the strategy, its resource implications and measures to address constraints in its implementation for consideration and decision by CEB.
  • CEB members recognize the significance of the information society agenda as a main tenet of the inter-agency work programme; the need to make greater use of new information and communication technologies in the working methods of the United Nations and the organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, as well as the importance of these technologies and of knowledge sharing as the main elements of development policies and as vital tools in achieving the Goals. They agreed to give priority to the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society Plan of Action of the Geneva phase, so that effective results can be reported in time for the second phase; support the involvement of the private sector and civil society in system-wide efforts to build the information society, including through their participation in the Summit process; revert to the reports of the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms and the Working Group on Internet Governance and study their implications for the United Nations system; and continue to assess the impact of new technologies on modern societies and the work of the United Nations system, and strengthen efforts to ensure policy coherence among agencies of the system, including, in particular in relation to measuring the digital divide and monitoring e-readiness.