UN Entities/Organizations

The UN system recognizes that information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to sustainable development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development.

In addition, these solutions can promote competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, trade and development, poverty eradication and social inclusion that will help to expedite the integration of all countries, especially developing countries and the least developed countries, into the global economy.

Being an active member in the UN system, MCIT plays an effective role in several UN agencies including the main UN entity in charge of ICT; namely the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Whether in responding to the call for bridging digital divides, encouraging and strengthening continuing cooperation between and among stakeholders from both developed and developing countries, MCIT is keen as well on developing the digital economy, being an important and growing part of the global economy.

Egypt is aware of capacity-building mechanisms and opportunities from the entire United Nations system. In this regard, it works hand in hand with the United Nations funds and programs and specialized agencies, within their respective mandates and strategic plans, to contribute to the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and emphasizes the importance of allocating adequate resources.

Egypt is in full alignment with the UN vision, recognizes the need to harness the potential of information and communications technologies as critical enablers of sustainable development and to overcome digital divides. It stresses that capacity-building for the productive use of such technologies should be given due consideration in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNCTAD

Established in 1964, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy and consists of 194 member states. It is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment and development issues.

UNCTAD achieves its goals through research, policy analyses, intergovernmental deliberations and technical cooperation activities. Many intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives of civil society, participate in its work as observers.

UNCTAD has evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. UNCTAD adopts many of the relevant ICT programs.

Egypt is a member in both UNCTAD and its board. A major achievement of the cooperation between MCIT and UNCTAD was the ICT Policy Review for Egypt, a study of the ICT policies adopted by the Egyptian government and Egypt’s main achievements and challenges in the ICT field, launched during ITU Telecom 2011.

In addition, MCIT and its affiliates participate in UNCTAD intergovernmental meetings on e-commerce and digital economy.

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