OCCAM PARLAMENTO University of Istituto Scientifico Regional United Observatory for Mediterranean Politecnico di CeTIF European Space EUROPEO Oklahoma Universitario S. Nations Cultural and Audiovisual Programme Milano Master Agency Raffaele Information Communication Emergenza Centre FOLLOW UP TO THE IV INFOPOVERTY WORLD CONFERENCE PrepCom Hammamet 24-26 June 2004 World Summit on the Information Society - Tunis Phase INFOPOVERTY SEMINAR: “HOW TO CREATE A MODEL OF DIGITAL VILLAGE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES” HAMMAMET RESOLUTION Bearing in mind: The recommendation to solutions able to concretely realise the aims and goals included in the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action endorsed by the WSIS in Geneva, as emerging in the PrepCom 1 to the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society; The Final Declaration endorsed by all participants in the IV Infopoverty World Conference stating the decision of realising in Tunisia a project of excellence aiming at granting to a disadvantaged community all advanced ICT applications able to improve its social and economic conditions and address its special needs. The project will be innovative in regards to media convergence, connectivity, broadband services and operational methodology (including serious evaluation parameters) so that it can be scaled up and have lasting and sustainable positive effects on the population in developing countries in Africa and in other regions; The successful best practices carried out by the UN system agencies and programmes, the civil society and the Infopoverty Program in the field of telecentres, community centres, centres of access, and similar initiatives, which could be optimised. The participants in the Infopoverty Seminar Approve: the resolution to start working on the concrete realisation of the project in Borj Touil (Tunisia) by instituting an advisory board chaired by the Government of Tunisia, coordinated by OCCAM and composed of: H.E. Montassar Ouaili – Secretary of State for the Internet and the ICT – Government of Tunisia Abdul Waheed Khan – Vice Director General for Communication – UNESCO Pierpaolo Saporito - Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication (OCCAM) Giuseppe Viriglio – Director of EU and Industrial Programmes – ESA Pierrè Gagne – Acting Head, Field Operations Unit – ITU Najat Rochdi – Regional Coordinator – ICT for Development in the Arab Region - UNDP Ichiro Tambo – Adviser – OECD Arthur Cole – Senior Adviser – University of Oklahoma John Steffens – Executive Director – Infopoverty Institute Moreover the following people are invited to participate in the advisory board: Peter Zangl – Assistant Director General for the Information Society – European Commission Alain Berranger Director Partnership and Business Development Division – IDRC Anton Mangstl – Director Library and Documentation System Division – FAO Christopher Lamb – Head Humanitarian Advocacy Department – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies The advisory board will work in order to define the executive project in details in all its phases, with particular regards to definition of needs, feasibility, sustainability and follow up. Moreover it will be supportive of its concrete implementation in all different phases. Moreover the participants in the Infopoverty Seminar invite all interested institutions (international organisations, regional organisations, business entities, NGOs) to participate in this effort and support it by contributing in ideas, materials, services, human and financial resources. The project will be implemented in subsequent steps and will be fully operative in time to be presented to all delegations and media at the Tunis Phase of the WSIS (16 – 18 November 2005) in order to testimony the best certified solutions and set a replicable model in terms of high reliability and of quality of tools and services.