The Symbolism of International Summits and Declaration: The Reflections on the World Summit on the Information Society

By Andrew Calabrese - 2006

Today there is considerable attention being paid to what will be the long-term result of the WSIS. Since the time the Summit ended, an organizational infrastructure has been assembled within the UN system to implement the WSIS goals, and to routinely measure the effectiveness of these efforts. To the frustration of many, the WSIS did not achieve all that it could, while for others it represents little more than a polite gathering of diplomats, corporate public relations executives and NGO representatives that was likely never to produce any meaningful results. Of course, it is too soon to tell if the agenda outlined by the WSIS will be fully realized. But the WSIS unquestionably did produce one very positive outcome, which is that it has concentrated attention to the ongoing political, economic, social and cultural significance of the global resources for information dissemination and communication. By examining the institutions and practices that are widely understood to define the international human rights regime, this essay offers a perspective for thinking about the symbolic significance of international summits and resulting declarations in general, and of the outcomes of the WSIS in particular.

GMJ: Mediterranean Edition 1(2) Fall 2006. PDF.

By Andrew Calabrese| 2006
Categories:  Landmarks


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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