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Subject: [PICISOC] YoBloCo Awards: blog on youth and agriculture and win upto 3, 000 Euros!
YoBloCo Awards: Write a blog on youth and agriculture and win up to 3, 000 Euros!
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with SPC/LRD-PAFPNET, FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE is organizing the Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition (YoBloCo Awards). This contest is launched in the framework of the ARDYIS initiative which aims to raise youth awareness and improve their capacity on agricultural and rural development issues in ACP countries using Information Technology. This blog competition aims to:
- Put into limelight issues, successes and challenges faced by youth engaged in agriculture in urban and rural areas;
- Encourage the production of information and the use of new information technologies by young farmers’ groups and organizations interested in the “youth in agriculture” question;
- Promote the sharing of information on the issues of agriculture and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
This competition is also being launched in the framework of the commemoration of the United Nations International Year of Youth.
The competition is open to:
- students in agricultural training courses, young farmers, journalists or other young people
- young farmers’ organizations;
- young members of farmers’ organizations;
- young members of any organization interested in agriculture.
Existing blogs and new blogs can be submitted!
For more information, go to http://ardyis.cta.int/en/blog-
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YoBloco Awards: Faites un blog sur Jeunes et Agriculture et gagnez jusqu’à 3 000 euros !
Le Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale ACP-UE (CTA), en collaboration avec les organisations FARA, Yam Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, SPC/PAFPNET, organise le concours de blogs « YoBloCo Awards » (Prix des meilleurs blogs sur jeunes et agriculture). Il est lancé dans le cadre de l'initiative ARDYIS du CTA qui vise à sensibiliser les jeunes et à renforcer leurs capacités sur les enjeux de l’agriculture et du développement rural en utilisant les Technologies de l’Information. Le concours pour objectifs de :
- Mettre en lumière les enjeux, les réussites et les difficultés rencontrées par les jeunes travaillant dans le secteur agricole au niveau des zones urbaines et rurales;
- Encourager la production de l'information et l'utilisation des nouvelles technologies de l'information par les groupements de jeunes agriculteurs et les organisations intéressées par la question des «Jeunes dans l'agriculture»;
- Promouvoir le partage d’information sur les enjeux du développement agricole et rural entre les pays d’Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique (ACP).
Les YoBloCo Awards sont également lancés dans le cadre des manifestations de l'Année internationale de la Jeunesse instituée par les Nations Unies.
Le concours est ouvert:
- aux étudiants suivant une formation agricole, aux jeunes agriculteurs, aux journalistes ou aux autres jeunes intéressés ;
- aux organisations de jeunes agriculteurs ;
- aux jeunes membres d’organisations paysannes
- aux jeunes membres de toute organisation intéressée par l’agriculture.
On peut y participer en soumettant un blog existant ou en créant un nouveau blog !
Pour plus d'informations, consultez le site http://ardyis.cta.int/fr/blog-
By APC for APCNews
QUITO, Ecuador, 15 June 2011
As in previous editions, the purpose of the meeting is to provide a space for multistakeholder political dialogue between governments, the private sector, the technical community, academia, and civil society organizations. The region has made progress in understanding the challenges currently posed by Internet governance; further debate will contribute to identify regional priorities and broaden the region’s participation at the 2011 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will meet in Kenya in September.
Likewise, as in previous editions, one of the meeting’s goals is to inform the region’s stakeholders on the issues and trends observed in the debates and discussions of the global IGF. The process of regionalizing the discussion around the agenda established by the IGF has been taking shape since 2008, when LACNIC, APC and NUPEF summoned the first preparatory meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay. The second preparatory meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the third in Quito, Ecuador.
Convention’s Open Agenda (New!). Survey to the community:
This year there is a new system to develop a open Agenda for the meeting, based on a public survey. This questionnaire poses diverse questions oriented to identify visions, approaches, subtopics and priorities from the LAC internet community in the perspective of defining and structuring the programme of the Latin American and Caribbean Convention on Internet Governance featuring the 7th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (8th August, 2011) and the 4th Preparatory Meeting for the Global Internet Governance(9th-11th August). We invite to all the stakeholders interested in ICT4D, ICT policy and IG issues to contribute with your inputs to collectively build a regional agenda of multi-stakeholder policy dialogue.
CTU, LACNIC, NUPEF, ISOC and APC want to encourage the community to participate and hope to join the highest amount of regional actors as possible. We will be also sending information related to Scholarships Program for the meeting, conformed by contributions of the organizers and sponsors.
Information about the agenda and other aspects of the meeting are available
Information on the Internet Governance Forum
Information and results of the 2010 IGF Preparatory Meeting
APC – NUPEF – CTU – ISOC – LACNIC
This group has just started and we hope that you enjoy. The purpose is to bring together the participants from African, Caribbean and Pacific states who took part in the Capacity Development in ICT Policy and Internet Governance - http://www.diplomacy.edu/acp/
To start, please give an introduction of yourself and what issues on ICT policy and Internet governance you are interested in.
Feel free to create new forum discussion topics as well - the space is yours!
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I happened to be in receipt of this summary of the Pacific IGF held in Noumea, New Caledonia from 9-10 April 2011 (authored by Keith Davidson) and thought I would share with you.
Pacific IGF 2011 Thematic Summaries
(from Keith Davidson)
The importance of the Internet Governance Forum as a multi-stakeholder institution, allowing the sharing of perspectives from all those interested in Internet policy issues – governments, civil society, regulators, business interests and more, all participating equally was a recurring theme throughout the weekend. The challenges faced in the Pacific in gaining access to the Internet, and the potential the Internet gives for development (allowing people across the region to improve their lives and build their economies in ways that are consistent with local values and cultures) were also constant themes.
Internet Access for All and the Digital Divide
The Pacific is a huge region with a small, very spread out population.T his creates enormous challenges for universal access to high speed Internet services in all the countries of the region. The challenge is not just geographic but also demographic, economic and social as it extends to a range of population groups (for example, those with disabilities) who simultaneously lack access to the Internet and would be able to benefit hugely from such access.
There was a call for fewer pilots and more focus on rolling access out based on successful pilots, with a counter-argument that local pilots are vital to making sure that rollout happens in ways appropriate to the local communities.
There was discussion about the balance between public and private sector action in dealing with digital divide issues, and a reminder that some stakeholders which traditionally are not a significant part of the debate are able to help (the specific example highlighted was the role of the Church in the region, given its important position in Pacific communities and cultures, and its significant level of resources). The private sector investments can be supported by Government departments acting as ‘anchor tenants’ to deployment.
Key themes included the need for links between global, regional and national strategies; the concerns that some national policies are not being formed by local perspectives, knowledge and values; the importance of true capacity building which allows Pacific states to devise and implement their own policy frameworks; and the linguistic challenge faced in asking Pacific people to write policy frameworks in English – the suggestion was made that indigenous language should be more widely used as it will allow the people to better understand already complex issues.
There was a feeling that the policy ambitions set out are not being met, and a clear sense of impatience to achieve the goals that the various regional and national policy frameworks set out. Speakers also reiterated the importance of a grass-roots based, multi-stakeholder method of policy development as a good way to capture local knowledge, and ensure policy is relevant.
Critical Internet Infrastructure
Pacific feedback was received on three key topic areas that will be discussed at the global IGF: the transition to IPv6, DNSSEC, and the roles of various stakeholders in managing Critical Internet Resources.
Speakers presented information on each, and there was a wide-ranging round of feedback and debate. Recurring themes in the discussion included the importance of consumer input and voice; that Governments are not the only stakeholders; that security of and confidence in Critical Internet Resources is a vital consideration; and that the multi-stakeholder approach established in the IGF framework is itself a vital resource in dealing with the very complicated interactions and set of interests required in managing the Internets unique identifiers. It was particularly heartening to see the positive engagement between the head of ICANN and the head of the ITU and their joint and respective commitment to supporting the Pacific.
Recurring themes in the discussion included the importance of consumer input and voice; that Governments are not the only stakeholders; that security of and confidence in Critical Internet Resources is a vital consideration; and that the multi-stakeholder approach established in the IGF framework is itself a vital resource in dealing with the very complicated interactions and set of interests required in managing the Internets unique identifiers. Also important in the short run is to accelerate uptake of IPv6, as IPv4 address space will not be longer available as needed.
There was also an animated debate about the division between infrastructure and users, and the degree to which user needs do or should guide technology decisions. Some argued that the technology is largely independent of use, others made the opposite case.
There was extensive discussion on four emerging issues: on citizen journalism, Digital Observatories, dealing with e-waste in the region, and the concerns with keeping users and infrastructure safe.
The widespread availability of Internet access gives people the chance to record and share what is happening in their societies, independent of traditional media outlets. This poses challenges both to traditional media and to traditional Pacific community structures.
The digital observatory concept outlined was the New Caledonia case, where a small institution collates a wide range of statistics about the use and impact of the Internet. The case outlined the contribution such an Observatory can make to economic and social development.
The e-waste discussion showed the importance of sharing ideas between Pacific states in making e-waste policy work, and the need for those involved with Government to persuade their countries to work on this issue. It also highlighted to extensive expense in disposing of potentially toxic waste and the need to stem the flow of obsolete technology into the Pacific.
Throughout the weekend we heard repeated references to the need to keep users safe and infrastructure robust. At the conclusion of the weekend MoU’s were signed between SPC and NetSafe and between SPC and APNIC.
Other matters raised in the general discussion included the need to ensure the Internet is accessible in Pacific languages, the discussion of an Internet Rights and Principles Charter, and the importance of ensuring the Pacific perspectives from this Pacific IGF are shared at the global IGF happening later this year.
The ITU Secretary General, the Chair of ICANN, the Director General of APNIC, the Director General of the SPC and closing remarks from the Pacific IGF Chair all focused on the need cooperation – globally, regionally and locally. The speakers drew out the common themes touched on in the summaries presented above, and all reiterated the importance of the multi-stakeholder framework in providing an open forum for all those involved with the Internet to have an equal voice in shaping its development.
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