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The aims of the meeting are (a) to consider, through discussion and dialogue, strategic issues related to the future of knowledge acquisition and sharing and (b) to identify, through a creative effort, the changes that such strategies might necessitate.

Specifically, the aims are to address the following areas:

  1. What are the long-term strategies to efficiently harness the enormous potential of new communication and information processes and technologies for developing new approaches to know ledge acquisition and sharing?
  2. What needs to be done to effectively integrate these strategies into forward looking and sustainable policymaking?
  3. How can we harness the potential of ICT to develop knowledge societies that are people-centred, inclusive and development oriented?
  4. Identify the role of knowledge acquisition and sharing to build a world in which peace, development and human rights prosper;
  5. Determine the contribution of information and communication technology to this process;
  6. Gauge the evolution of knowledge acquisition and sharing over the next three decades; and
  7. Identify political and institutional changes that are needed to address these challenges.

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