World e-Parliament Conference 2010
||Oct 20, 2010
||Oct 21, 2010
||Pan-African Parliament, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
||The World e-Parliament Conference is the annual forum of the community of parliaments addressing, from both the policy and technical perspectives, how the use of information and communication technology can help improve representation, transparency, accountability, openness, and effectiveness in the complex parliamentary environment.
The World e-Parliament Conference 2010, to take place on 21 and 22 October 2010 at the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, builds on the results of three previous conferences held respectively in Geneva (2007), Brussels (2008) and Washington D.C. (2009), as well as on the findings of the recently released World e-Parliament Report 2010. The 2010 event is co-organized by the United Nations, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliament of South Africa, the Pan-African Parliament and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.
At the Conference, leaders and members of parliaments, secretaries-general, parliamentary staff and officials, experts from international organizations and academics who work and deal with information and communication technologies in legislatures will have the opportunity to analyze good practices, exchange views on latest trends and institutional developments, learn from each other’s experiences, network with peers, and build partnerships in an international setting.
Structure and topics of the Conference
The World e-Parliament Conference 2010 will last two days, starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, 21 October 2010 and ending in the evening of Friday, 22 October 2010.
On Wednesday 20 October, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Parliament of South Africa will host the official Welcoming Reception “Ke Nako – It’s Africa Time!” for all participants at the ICC in Sandton.
On Saturday 23 October, a cultural excursion will be offered by the Parliament of South Africa to those participants wishing to take part in it.
Following the official Opening Ceremony, two keynote presentations will guide participants though the overall Conference framework. They will focus on the following topics:
o An overview of the findings of the World e-Parliament Report 2010
o Governing at a time of technological changes
The main background documents for the Conference are the World e-Parliament Report 2010, available in English and French, along with the Reports of the previous meetings. Hard copies will be distributed at the Conference. However, all documentation of the conference will be made available at the Conference website: www.ictparliament.org/wepc2010.
It is expected that 400 participants will attend the World e-Parliament Conference 2010, representing parliamentary assemblies from around the world. Delegations will include parliamentary leaders and members with decision-making power over the information and communication policies of the legislature, secretaries-general and clerks with management responsibilities over legislative processes and organizational matters, directors of ICT departments and information services, parliamentary IT staff and experts, as well as representatives of international organizations, the donor community, and academia.
To ensure a balanced representation, efforts will be made by the co-organizers to identify funds available for travel and accommodation of parliamentary staff from developing countries.
The working languages of the conference will be Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
UN DESA / DPADM
||UNDESA and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament