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UNESCO World Communication and Information Report 1999-2000 - Human Development
by Cees J. Hamelink

This chapter analyses the economic significance of modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) and assesses the economic of ICTs from the human development point of view. The concept of development is mentioned in Article 55 of the Charter of the United Nations and constitutes one of the raisons d'ętre of the entire UN system. Over the course of time, and through the formulation of various development strategies, the understanding and practice of development were deepened to include not only specific objectives but also broader goals. One of UNESCO's major contributions to the concept and practice of development has consisted of raising awareness about the cultural dimension of development. After the World Conference on Cultural Policies (Mexico, 1982), the UN and UNESCO jointly launched the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988"“97), which laid the foundations for important contributions in this respect, more particularly the Report of the World Commission on Culture and Development, Our Creative Diversity(1995) and the first World Culture Report (1998).

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Publication Type: Article / Chapter / Essay: 22 pages
Publisher: UNESCO (1999)
Location: Paris, France
Language: English
ISBN: 92-3-103611-4

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