The representatives of the African Civil Society, meeting in Geneva and Tunis, during the First and Second Phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), from 10 to 12 December 2003 and 16 to 18 November 2005;

  • Conscious of the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on the global development of societies as well as the challenge that the full engagement in the Information Society represents for African countries;
  • Firmly convinced of the necessity to chart an African vision of the Information Society which will take from governments, the private sector and the global Civil Society into consideration;
  • Aware of the decisive role that can be played by the continental African Civil Society and that of the Diaspora in the mobilization of human, logistical and material resources for the promotion of health, education, culture, a knowledge economy, conflict resolution, fight against poverty, exclusion, and brain drain through the use of Information and Communication Technology;
  • Deeply preoccupied by the challenge of the Digital Divide between the North and the South, and determined to contribute in the transformation of this digital divide into Digital Opportunity;
  • Preoccupied by access of Africans, especially women, the youth and persons living with a handicap, to ICT, notably because of high costs of equipment and the difficulty in the access to credit closely linked to the ownership of property;
  • Recognizing the cross-cutting nature of ICT and their its undeniable impact on all the components of the New Partnership on African Development (NEPAD), as well as the decisive contribution of ICT to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  • Strongly convinced that the Information Society, as we envision it, is that which will see to poverty reduction, eradication of pandemics like HIV/AIDS, reinforcement of the fight against illiteracy, promotion of education, culture, the quest for traditional knowledge, governance, recognition of respect in all circumstances, the sacred and inalienable nature of human life and the fundamental rights of the human being, the promotion of gender equality, the end of marginalization of rural areas, and the establishment of coherent policies of human development.

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