United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United NationsSecretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, socialand environmental spheres and national action. The Department works inthree main interlinked areas: (i) it compiles, generates and analyses a widerange of economic, social and environmental data and information on whichStates Members of the United Nations draw to review common problemsand to take stock of policy options; (ii) it facilitates the negotiations of Member States in many intergovernmental bodies on joint courses of actionto address ongoing or emerging global challenges; and (iii) it advisesinterested Governments on the ways and means of translating policyframeworks developed in United Nations conferences and summits intoprogrammes at the country level and, through technical assistance, helps buildnational capabilities.
Global Alliance for ICT and Development
The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies andDevelopment (GAID), an initiative approved by the United NationsSecretary-General in 2006, was launched after comprehensive worldwideconsultations with Governments, the private sector, civil society, the technicaland Internet communities and academia.While the 2005 United Nations Summit and the WSIS Summit emphasizedthe importance of ICT in achieving the internationally agreed developmentgoals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), there was aneed for a truly global forum that would comprehensively address cross-cutting issues related to ICT in development. Recognizing that no single actoris capable of achieving the MDGs in isolation, the creation of an open andinclusive platform that can broaden the dialogue on innovative ways of harnessing ICT for advancing development is crucial.The Global Alliance is a direct response to this need. With its multi-stakeholder approach, the Alliance reaffirms the belief that a people-centeredand knowledge-based information society is essential for achieving better lifefor all.