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WSIS THEMATIC MEETING

6-7 May 2005, Bamako, Mali

UNESCO, in partnership with the 'Académie Africaine des Langues' (ACALAN), the 'Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie' (AIF) and the Government of Mali and other international institutions, is organizing a thematic meeting on "Multilingualism for Cultural Diversity and Participation of All in Cyberspace" in Bamako, Mali, on 6 and 7 May 2005. The meeting will build on the WSIS recognition of the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity in the digital world and highlight the fundamental importance of removing barriers to access and participation of all on the Internet. The discussions will focus on multilingualism from two perspectives: Policies and standards needed to ensure inclusive knowledge societies; and global experiences in building a multilingual cyberspace.

WSIS PREPARATORY MEETING

8-10 May 2005, Cairo, Egypt

The conference entitled "Towards WSIS II: An Arab Regional Dialogue", will be held under the auspices of the League of Arab States, in coordination with the International Telecommunication Union and the WSIS Executive Secretariat. Organized and hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt, the conference is expected to produce an updated version of the Pan Arab Regional Plan of Action.