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Geneva, 10-12 October 2007
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Global Center for ICT in Parliament

The first World e-Parliament Conference will take place in Geneva on Thursday, 11 October 2007. The Conference will be an expert forum on the use of new technologies to modernize parliamentary processes and improve dialogue with citizens. It will provide an opportunity to debate the challenges and benefits provided by ICT and will analyze successful approaches, identify good practices and lessons learned.

The Conference is being organised jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments (ASGP), through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

The Conference is aimed at parliamentarians, Secretaries General and parliamentary staff and officials who work with ICT, such as legislative staff, IT administrators, knowledge managers and librarians.

In addition to the Conference, parliamentary staff and officials are invited to take part in an international Workshop "e-Parliament: managing innovation" that will be organized by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament on Wednesday, 10 October.

Following the Conference, the first face-to-face meeting of members of the Global Network of IT Experts in Parliament will take place on Friday, 12 October 2007. The Global Network was set up by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament in May 2007 as an online platform where IT experts can exchange information on the use of new technologies in parliament.


Invitation letter [PDF]
Agendas [PDF] [HTML]
Practical information note [PDF]
Registration form [PDF] [WORD]
Discussion Paper: ICT in parliaments. Current practices, future possibilities [PDF]>
Aide-mémoire [PDF]
List of participants [PDF]New!
Speeches and presentations are available on the website of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament New!
Global Centre for ICT in Parliament
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments

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Updated on 11 September 2007   
8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 10:00Opening and welcoming addresses
- Inter-Parliamentary Union
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
- Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments
Keynote addresses
10:00 - 11:30Session 1: Leadership and vision on ICT in Parliament
- How can ICT increase effectiveness within the organization?
- How can political will and strategic vision be developed?
- What are the the critical components of a strategic vision and plan?
- What kind of inter-institutional cooperation should there be?
11:30 - 13:00Session 2: ICT in Parliament: organizational challenges
- What are the respective roles and responsibilities of the members, officials, and ICT staff ?
- How can an adequate human resources and technical infrastructure be created and sustained?
- Who manages the process of organizational change and where are the priorities?
13:00 - 15:00Lunch break
15:00 - 16:30Session 3: Parliamentary information systems: partnering to build high quality and sustainable information services
- What is the latest in terms of applications, approaches and collaborative efforts in parliaments around the world?
- What is the potential value of common objectives and standards?
- Are good practices available?
- What are the challenges to exchanges and information sharing?
16:30 - 18:00Session 4: Challenges and opportunities of the Internet in enhancing the dialogue between parliaments and citizens
- What lessons have been learnt in the use of parliamentary web sites in the context of dialoguing with the electorate and the civil society?
- How can the expectations created by the Internet within and outside parliament best be addressed?
- How can Web 2.0 technologies enhance interaction with citizens?
18:00 - 18:15Closing remarks

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