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Posts on the topic "International Telecommunication Union (ITU)"

Posts on the topic "International Telecommunication Union (ITU)"

  • “Digitalization is the way of the new life and the new economy”

    FAO Director-General emphasizes responsibility and opportunity to overcome digital divide and make technologies available for rural smallholders 18 May 2021, Rome - Digital agriculture can drive the transformation of agri-food systems necessary to eliminate hunger, reduce poverty and build a better future for all humankind, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said today. "Digitalization is the way of the new life and the new economy," he said at the World Summit on the Information Society ( WSIS ) Forum 2021. "This is both a...
  • FAO, ITU and Zhejiang University shed lights jointly on the applications of digital technology and rural e-commerce for food production and security at WSIS Forum 2021

    "We must change course because we are at a critical moment in our time - the world is risking not to achieve zero hunger by 2030",It is with those impacting words that Ismahane Elouafi, FAO Chief Scientist kicked off the session on "E Commerce for Agriculture and Rural Development", held on the 7th of May 2021 in close collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Zhejiang University under the WSIS Action Line C7:E-Agriculture at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2021 , which topic this year focuses on ´ICTs for Inclusive, Resilient ad...
  • WSIS Official Opening Segment

    The WSIS Forum provides a multistakeholder platform to foster global cooperation and provide meaningful connections to information society by ensuring Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a key enabler for sustainable development...
  • International Girls in ICT Day

    This year marks the 10th Anniversary of International Girls in ICT Day with the theme “Connected Girls; Creating Brighter Futures.” Traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April, the Girls in ICT celebrations for this special year will...
  • Special issue on Internet of Everything

    The​​​​me The Internet of Everything (IoE) is the interconnection of people, processes, data, and things. It was conceptualized by CISCO as the natural evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), in the aim of including the entire realm of information sources and destinations in one paradigm.Although the IoE concept has attracted the increasing attention of the scientific community since its introduction, the research results achieved so far have only just scratched the surface leaving the very fundamental questions regarding the IoE unanswered. In fact, the IoE has characteristics in terms of...
  • World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2021 – Call for Submissions

    Call for submission is open until 25 January 2021 WSIS Prize 2021 Timelines | WSIS Prize 2021 Rules and Guidelines The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on behalf of the WSIS Stakeholders announces the launch of the 10th edition of the WSIS prizes and calls for submission through the website by the 25 January 2021. The WSIS Prizes 2021 is an exceptional international recognition of the WSIS Stakeholders as Winners and Champions for their excellence in supporting the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, in particular WSIS Action Lines supporting the achievement of the Sustainable...
  • Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum 2020 for Asia-Pacific

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are organising Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum (DASF) for Asia and the Pacific 2020 (formally called E-agriculture Solutions Forum) that will be held virtually from 30 November – 2 December 2020. Register here to attend The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted several opportunities where digital technologies can help various stakeholders. In particular, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, distributed ledger technologies (DLTs), mobile applications...
  • Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum 2020 for Asia-Pacific

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are organising Digital Agriculture Solutions Forum (DASF) for Asia and the Pacific 2020 (formally called E-agriculture Solutions...
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  • e-consultation on digital agriculture investments and digital transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) invite you to the ‘"e-Consultation on digital agriculture investments and digital transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa"

    The e-Consultation will take place on the e-Agriculture platform from the 27th of October 2020 to the 9th of November 2020.

    Background to the e-consultation

    In an era of digital inclusion, Africa stands to gain exponentially from the adoption of digital technologies towards the realization of SDGs. In the agriculture sector, digital technologies are opening great opportunities to develop solutions and digital market places to connect farmers to markets, improve extension service delivery and productivity in agricultural value chains. Also, the adoption of digital technologies can create alternative livelihood streams for the youth, women and  smallholder farmers with commercial opportunities that increase their income and the development of rural areas in general.

    To achieve that, collaboration between the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and agriculture sectors is critical to formulate a common vision and action plan for the use of ICT in agriculture and to create synergies between the two sectors through policies and initiatives. 

    As evident, the Malabo Declaration, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), and the African Union’s current Agenda 2063 confirm consolidated efforts to reduce poverty and improve the well-being of Africans whilst leveraging ICTs and digital solutions. 

    Against this background, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are jointly set to undertake several investments in different aspects of digital agriculture and digitalization in their respective member countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen country capacities for innovation, enhance policies and practice, and provide supportive investments in the form of infrastructure and services relevant for this transition. 

    The objectives of the e-Consultation 

    To guide investment decision-making, a digital agriculture readiness assessment study was commissioned as a baseline study to better understand the state of digitalization and digital agriculture in their respective focal countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this study, FAO and ITU would like to open up the consultation to a wide range of stakeholders or experts with insight on Sub-Saharan African country contexts.

    This stakeholder consultative process forms part of data collection and stakeholder engagement initiatives and aims to:

    1. solicit input on current initiatives within the domain of digital agriculture at regional/ sub-regional and country levels;
    2. create an opportunity to fill data gaps; and
    3. create a platform for stakeholder deliberations towards harmonizing facts and figures.

     e-Consultation Focus Countries

    The scope of the African countries for this e-consultation will be FAO/ITU countries for Africa Region. For a full list of these countries, please consult the FAO Africa  countries or the ITU Africa countries.

    Experts that will animate this discussion are:

    1. Arnaud Goga- Digital Agriculture Specialist, International Telecommunication Union
    2. Bonaventure Andy Nyamekye, (Ph.D)-Digital Capacity Development Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
    3. Caroline Gaju - Programme Officer, International Telecommunication Union
    4. Joshua Oiro- Digital Services Consultant, International Telecommunication Union
    5. Nikola Trendov- Digital Agriculture and Innovation Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN 
    6. Thembani Malapela -Knowledge and Information Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
    7. Wei Liang - Digital Capacity Development Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

    e-Consultation Facilitators

    • Thembani Malapela - Knowledge and Information Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
    • Arnaud Goga - Digital Agriculture Specialist, International Telecommunication Union
    • Bonaventure Andy Nyamekye, (Ph.D) - Digital Capacity Development Specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
  • Virtual panel on: Accelerating progress on the SDGs through Information and Communication Technologies and WSIS Action Lines

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are progressing rapidly and affecting people’s daily lives in the digital era. To an unprecedented extent during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of ICTs has been critical in responding to crisis. The importance of ICTs is specifically recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a crucial enabler in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and as a catalyst for development. This session will focus on the WSIS Action Lines and the alignment of the WSIS and SDGs processes, including WSIS Forum, WSIS Stocktaking, WSIS...