Shaping Information Societies for Human Needs

By WSIS Civil Society Plenary - 2004

'Shaping Information Societies for Human Needs': Civil Society Declaration to the World Summit on the Information Society. At the heart of our vision of information and communications societies is the human being. The dignity and rights of all peoples and each person must be promoted, respected, protected and affirmed. Redressing the inexcusable gulf between levels of development and between opulence and extreme poverty must therefore be our prime concern.

We are committed to building information and communication societies that are people-centred, inclusive and equitable. Societies in which everyone can freely create, access, utilise, share and disseminate information and knowledge, so that individuals, communities and peoples are empowered to improve their quality of life and to achieve their full potential. Societies founded on the principles of social, political, and economic justice, and peoples' full participation and empowerment, and thus societies that truly address the key development challenges facing the world today.

Civil Society Declaration to the World Summit on the Information Society. Unanimously Adopted by the WSIS Civil Society Plenary on 8 December 2003. PDF.


By WSIS Civil Society Plenary| 2004


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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