[Dateline: New York | Author: Web4Dev]
The stage is set for an altogether different Web for Development (Web4Dev) conference this year, the fifth annual conference. Web4Dev - Innovation for Access aims to promote innovation in three cross-cutting areas by sharing resources and expertise, and laying the foundation for future collaboration across academia, the development and private sectors.
Hosted by UNICEF in New York City from 11 to 13 February, a special effort has been made to ensure this year's agenda addresses the wide-ranging needs of the web and online communication communities. Knowledge sharing workshops have been designed around the need to inform, engage and drive the UN system web community in the areas of Web Communication Strategy, Open Content, Web Governance and technologies that could facilitate the delivery of One UN online.
Moderators will lead discussions between presenters and participants with the goal of using key points of dialogue to help establish conclusions, a UN system Online Road Map and where possible common communication and publishing principles. It is hoped that involvement from UN staff, missions and other stakeholders will help ensure this conference maintains its focus on areas of common concern.
Knowledge sharing workshops on 11 and 12 February are to be held in the UN Secretariat building. Now hosted in Conference Room 3, steps have been taken to ensure growing interest and demand meet adequate capacity.
Registration at these workshops is not required for anyone with a UN grounds pass. Access to workshops will be assured on a first-come, first served basis.
Access to events located at UNICEF headquarters, however, entails the following registration process:
1. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following information.
full name, job title, organization, email address
Please format your details as above, separated by commas - no other information is necessary within the body of the message. The subject of the email should read: Web4Dev Registration Request.
2. Shortly afterwards you will receive a request to register online. This application will request confirmation of which presentations you intend to attend.
For further information on the agenda, please refer to the web4dev conference web site: http://w4d.org.
Web4Dev is a community focused on applying Internet-related technologies towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Created by the World Bank in 2003, this community brings together practitioners and experts in the field of web communication and information management to maximize the effectiveness of web resources within the UN system.
Members come from UN system organizations, civil society, government and development agencies. UN agency hosted annual conferences support the exchange of best practices while an online community and mailing list furthers ad-hoc networking needs. In this way, members have the opportunity to identify how the Internet related technologies can be applied to aid in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and other common targets.
W4D conferences provide a forum for showcasing technologies and techniques that assist international organizations communicate and engage with the public through the Internet. Conferences shape the future work of the W4D community and in turn contribute towards the effectiveness of UN system organizations' online communication, outreach and engagement strategies. Previous conferences were held in Nairobi (2007), New York (2006) and Washington D.C. (2005 and 2003).
The responsibility of community coordination was transferred from the World Bank to the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat in March 2007. A W4D Secretariat has been established and brings together expertise of different UN agencies to determine the agenda of annual conferences. The responsibility to host conferences rotates annually among UN system organizations.