CEB and its High-Level Committees have continued to address ICT from two interrelated vantage points: first, the coherence of the policy advice that the system provides to countries in setting comprehensive, forward-looking strategies to harness information and communication technology for economic and social progress, and second, the imperative for the system to capitalize on the unprecedented opportunity that ICT offers the organizations of the United Nations system for the creation, sharing and management of knowledge.

Bridging the digital divide

The key objective of achieving a comprehensive and coherent United Nations system approach to ICT as a source of economic and social progress is being considerably advanced by the World Summit on the Information Society. Individually and collectively, including through the International Telecommunication Union-led High-level Summit Organizing Committee, organizations of the system are actively engaged in aligning their programmes with the outcome of the Geneva phase of the World Summit.

Fostering inter-agency collaboration in information and communication technology

The system’s ability to develop greater coherence in ICT policy advice and programme support within the framework of its development agenda depends in many ways on its ability to create, manage and share information and knowledge across the system more efficiently and effectively. Knowledge, information and data are the system’s principal assets and a main source of its comparative advantage.