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Onsite report: 14 March 2003
by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Isis International-Manila
Media, and information and communication technologies discussions at the CSW
New York 14 March 2003 Following a week of intense debates and negotiations, the 47th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women adapted today the Agreed Conclusions on the theme “participation and access of women to the media, and information and communication technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women.”
The last few points that the delegates deliberated on include:
- the sexual exploitation of women through the traditional
media and through new technologies;
The delegates added a new paragraph that calls for the strengthening of the capacity of national machineries to take a lead advocacy role on, media, ICT, and gender issues.
It is highly noticeable that the phrase “as appropriate” that accompanied a number of provisions is no longer in the final document. The phrase that became ubiquitous during the five-day negotiations because the U.S. delegate insisted on inserting it in all paragraphs that demand resource allocation has become some sort of a joke among the delegates and the NGO representatives who were monitoring the negotiations. During the final reading, the motion from the Moroccan delegate to have an agreement on the paragraphs on resource allocation and facilitation of international cooperation because “they are appropriate” elicited laughter from the delegates.
As many NGOs who have been monitoring the negotiations
expected, there was no substantive discussion on Intellectual Property
Rights, open source
Despite this, the Greek delegate, who also served as the head of the European Union block in the CSW referred to the agreed conclusions on ICT and media as a “win-win document that we can build on [when we take part in the] World Summit and Information Society.”