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Speech by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura for the opening of the second meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), Paris, France

On July 17, 2007, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura opened the second meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS).

According to a press release issued for the occasion, UNGIS is the interagency mechanism tasked by the UN’s Chief Executive Board to coordinate the substantive policy aspects of UN implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Mr. Matsuura congratulated Mr. Touré for ITU’s leadership of UNGIS during the past year and noted that UNESCO, which will be taking over the chairmanship of UNGIS, would continue to work to firmly establish UNGIS as one of the key implementation mechanisms for WSIS.

The press release also mentioned that in his introductory remarks, the director-general stated that it was crucial for the UN system to achieve a coherent follow-up to the WSIS outcomes, and that UNGIS played an important role in this regard, especially within the context of the current drive for the UN to “deliver as one.”

In closing, the press release stated that Mr. Matsuura encouraged UNGIS to work towards “building knowledge societies where people can express themselves freely, access and use information knowledge, where cultural and linguistic diversity is seen as a richness, and where quality education is accessible to all.”

Click here for the full text of the UNESCO press release.

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