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News > The central role of the UNGA in the overall review of WSIS

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The central role of the UNGA in the overall review of WSIS

Dr. Mahmoud Vaezi the Minister for Information and Communication Technology of the I.R of Iran in his address to th WSIS+10 High-Level Event on 10-13 June 2014 in Geneva, said:

The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates the importance and full implementation of both phases of WSIS, including Enhanced Cooperation with the participation of all, especially the developing countries. The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that a people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society could contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and needs to keep its role in post-2015 development agenda to address new challenges faced by ICTs.

I would like to express our concern regarding the digital divide between the developed and the developing countries. In this regard, the activities need to ensure the access to information and communication technologies by all, and should result in supporting national efforts in developing countries in the area of building, improving and strengthening capacities to allow their involvement in all aspects of the global information society.

The Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirms the centrality of the role of the UN General Assembly in the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, as recognized in the Tunis Agenda. The importance and universality of the information society and its implications on sovereignty of states requires such overall review to be pursued through an intergovernmental process.

Regarding the internet governance, Iran believes it constitutes the most important component of the information society, and should be carried out 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.


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