Cultural diversity

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The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) - Declaration of Principles : "Building the Information Society: a Global Challenge in the New Millennium" - Document WSIS-03/GENEVA/DOC/4-E

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva, 12 December 2003 - 2003/12/12

Following the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in Geneva on December 10 to 12, 2003, participants adopted a declaration of principles stipulating that «cultural diversity is the common heritage of humankind» and that «the Information Society should be founded on and stimulate respect for cultural identity, cultural and linguistic diversity, traditions and religions, and foster dialogue among cultures and civilizations. The promotion, affirmation and preservation of diverse cultural identities and languages as reflected in relevant agreed United Nations documents including UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, will further enrich the Information Society». Participants also recognized that to build an inclusive information society, «all stakeholders should work together to: improve access to information and communication infrastructure and technologies as well as to information and knowledge; build capacity; increase confidence and security in the use of ICTs; create an enabling environment at all levels; develop and widen ICT applications; foster and respect cultural diversity; recognize the role of the media; address the ethical dimensions of the Information Society; and encourage international and regional cooperation». (Available also in French, English and Spanish)