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April 2005 - ECDL Foundation - Key Participant in United Nations ICT Task Force Global Forum

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ECDL Foundation key participant in United Nations ICT Task Force Global Forum

ECDL Foundation was a key participant in the high-profile United Nations Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force Global Forum held in Dublin, Ireland on April 13th and 14th.

Leading international figures from governments, the private sector, civil society and international organisations gathered for the bi-annual meeting of the Task Force and to take part in the Open Global Forum on “Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Education”.

ECDL Foundation was invited to participate in this prestigious international initiative by the UN ICT Task Force in recognition of the important role that the Foundation plays in addressing the role of ICT in education.

The Global Forum was co-hosted by the Irish government and by the UN Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI), an initiative launched by the ICT Task Force in December 2003. The event was attended by Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Chairman of the UN ICT Task Force and His Excellency, Mr. Noel Dempsey, Minister, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Ireland.

ECDL Foundation's CEO, Mr David Carpenter, attended the event along with key members of his team. In addition, the ECDL-F was invited to provide two speakers at the event and co-hosted a lunch for all the participants.

Mr Jim Friars, Chairman of ECDL Foundation and Chief Executive of ICS Skills,  addressed the participants during lunch and briefed them on the role of the Irish Computer Society, the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and its governing body, ECDL Foundation, in facilitating Ireland’s great success in developing and using ICT.

ECDL Foundation’s Dudley Dolan also presented his ideas for “Capacity Building for Leaders, Management & Administrators” while participating in a discussion on new approaches to successfully address capacity building deficiencies in the areas of human resource development and physical infrastructure.

The aim of the Global Forum was to explore how ICT can provide a practical and enabling solution for improving the quality and quantity of education in a dialogue with participants from the fields of education, ICT and development.

The conclusions drawn from the Plenary and Panel discussions at the Forum have been documented and will be presented at the Second Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS II) in Tunis at the end of 2005.