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Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age :: unpan036083

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This book summarizes the presentations and discussions held during the “Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age” which took place in May 2008 in New York City. The Forum condensed the views of various sectors, disciplines and municipalities from both developed and developing countries on how we might best engage the challenges and opportunities of sustainable urbanization, including economic, social, ethical and technical goals.
This book summarizes the presentations and discussions held during the “Forum on Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age” which took place in May 2008 in New York City. The Forum condensed the views of various sectors, disciplines and municipalities from both developed and developing countries on how we might best engage the challenges and opportunities of sustainable urbanization, including economic, social, ethical and technical goals.

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ST/ESA/PAD/SER.E/137
 
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Public Administration andDevelopment Management
Sustainable Urbanization inthe Information Age
Edited by
Aliye P. Celik, Roxana Zyman and Rafat Mahdi
 
United Nations
 New York, NY 2009
 
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Note
The designations employed and the presentation of the material in thispublication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on thepart of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitationsof its frontiers. The term “country” as used in the text of the present reportalso refers, as appropriate, to territories or areas.Mention of the names of firms and commercial products does not imply theendorsement of the United Nations.The designations of country groups in the text and the tables are intendedsolely for statistical or analytical convenience and do not necessarily express a judgement about the stage reached by a particular country or area in thedevelopment process.The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do notnecessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or the Global Alliance forICT and Development. This publication has not been formally edited by theUnited Nations.The titles of the authors reflect their positions in April 2008.
For further information, please contact:United Nations Department of Economic and Social AffairsGlobal Alliance for ICT and Development2 United Nations Plaza, Room DC1-1438New York, NY 10017ST/ESA/PAD.SER.E/137United Nations publicationCopyright
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United Nations, 2009All rights reservedPrinted by the United Nations, New York
 
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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.

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