The department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat has made public a report on information technologies entitled: UN Global E-government Readiness Report 2005: From E-government to E-inclusion. This 270 pages report deals with the digital gulf between the North and the South and deals notably with the existing disparities regarding access to information technologies in the world. The authors of this report focused upon 191 UN Member States come to the conclusion that if tendencies do not seem to anticipate catching up on the part of countries running late in this domain, only a local, national and international cooperation could however restore the situation.
In the same field, was held in Doha, Qatar, last March 7, a world conference on the development of telecommunications with the ambition of filling up the digital gulf between the North and the South. Assembled for a full week, more than one thousand government and private sector delegates discussed, among others, means of connecting world communities to information and communication technologies (ICT) before the year 2015, an objective of the International Union for Telecommunications (IUT) which jointly organized this conference with the Government of Qatar.
According to the organizers, the conference intends to design pertinent programs, projects and initiatives in order to reduce the digital gap and to adopt a strategy allowing all countries to reach their development objectives, taking into account the "Geneva Action" and the "Tunis Agenda" drawn up in the framework of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS). The WSIS was held in two stages: December 2003 in Geneva and November 2005 in Tunis.