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Day: 1
19 آذار/مارس 2019
Time Session # Session Title Synopsis
09:30 to 09:45 Segment 1 Official Welcome Statements

Opening Segment

09:45 to 10:30 Segment 2 Setting the Scene and Ministerial Keynotes
Part 1: Setting the Scene
Main Presentation on Launch of ESCWA Publication on "Arab Horizon 2030: Digital Technologies for Development" and Arab Digital Development Process
 
Part 2: Brief Ministerial keynotes 
Panel Discussion
 
Concluding Remarks
11:00 to 12:00 ITU RDF 1 ITU Regional Development Forum for Arab States - Regional Implementation: 2019 and Beyond

This session will aim at discussing the regional implementation of the outcomes of WTDC-17 and PP-18 with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the WSIS and SDGs.

11:00 to 12:00 NDDR 1 Session 1 on Digital Development: issues related to National Development Planning, Governance and Infrastructure

This session will discuss the (1) Strategic frameworks at the national and regional levels with regards to WSIS and SDGs, including overreaching digital strategies and ICT sectoral strategies; (2) ICT infrastructure, including market structure and regulatory landscape, service types, ICT connectivity, Internet architecture and domain name management; (3) Governance, including public/private partnership, multi-sector partnership, role of NGOs and participation in Internet Governance activities; (4) Legal environment, including enabling and regulatory environment related to the use of digital tools; and (5) Building trust with users through confidence and security mechanisms in the use of ICTs, including privacy, data protection and network security.

12:00 to 13:00 ITU RDF 2 ITU Regional Development Forum for Arab States - Regional Partnerships for WSIS and SDGs

This session will focus on the areas where different stakeholders should collaborate regionally to promote WSIS and SDGs in the Arab region.

12:00 to 13:00 NDDR 2 Session 2 on Digital Development: issues related to Digital Economy, Empowerment, Trade and Employment

This session will explore (1) Productivity of the ICT Sector, including ICT research, development and innovation, standardization, Government facilitation and financing; (2) Economic impact of the ICT sector, including its contribution to national economy; and (3) Trade and employment in the ICT sector, e-trade, e-business and e-employment.

13:30 to 14:30 ITU RDF 3 ITU Regional Development Forum for Arab States - Implementation of the ITU Regional Initiatives for the Arab Region



This session will discuss the status of implementation of the following initiatives:
ARB1: Environment, climate change and emergency telecommunications 
ARB2: Confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ICTs
ARB3: Digital financial inclusion 
ARB4: Internet of Things, smart cities and big data
ARB5: Innovation and entrepreneurship
13:30 to 14:30 NDDR 3 Session 3 on Digital Development: issues related to Transformation in Public Administration and Social Inclusion

This session will explore (1) Digital transformation of public administration; (2) Social inclusion through empowering access to relevant information, knowledge, applications and content, leading to meaningful access, i.e. its availability in all locations, its affordability to the general public and its adaptability to the needs of the people; (3) Capacity building on digital development, and e-training; and (4) Essential ICT applications: e-education, e-government and e-health.

13:30 to 14:30 WS 1 AHLF Thematic/Community Workshop: Understanding Artificial Intelligence and its potential for Sustainable Development @ TechNovation ESCWA

Organizers:  
United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT); Lebanese American University (LAU); and ICTPS/TDD, ESCWA

Contact person: Mr. Jorge Martinez Navarrete, UN OICT, martinez-navarrete@un.org

This workshop will explain what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is, and how it works. It will also provide a brief overview to concepts such as general and narrow Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well to practical uses of AI in the present and near future. It will highlight opportunities for applications for sustainable development. This talk will provide a practical introduction for participants with little or no computing background.

14:30 to 15:30 AMPAC 1 Arab IGF AMPAC - Updates on Preparations for Arab IGF 5 (For members)
14:30 to 15:30 ITU RDF 4 ITU Regional Development Forum for Arab States - Activities related to ITU Study Groups (ITU-D, ITU-T and ITU-R), Centres of Excellence and Academia Membership

This session will update membership on ITU SGs questions ongoing works, new selected ITU Arab CoEs Network and Academia membership.
 

Moderators: 

Mr. Karim Abdelghani, Programme Coordinator, ITU Arab Regional Office
Mr. Mustafa Al Mahdi, Programme Administrator, ITU Arab Regional Office
14:30 to 15:30 NDDR 4 Session 4 on Digital Development: issues related to Media and Cultural Diversity

This session will address (1) Cultural identity and cultural heritage; (2) Linguistic diversity and its harmonization; (3) Role of media in the Information Society, its pluralism and independence; and (4) Convergence between ICT and media and social media in the Arab World.

14:30 to 16:30 AMPAC 2 Arab IGF AMPAC - Working Groups Breakout Session (For members)
14:30 to 16:30 eGov 1 Arab Meeting of e-Gov Directors

This session will overview the 2018 results of the GEMS maturity indicator in the Arab region and overview the main activities in open government.

16:00 to 17:00 AMPAC 3 Arab IGF AMPAC - Working Groups Breakout Session (For members)
16:00 to 17:00 eGov 2 Arab Meeting of e-Gov Directors

This session includes interventions on the progress made in digital transformation at the national level, proposed areas of future collaboration, and a group discussion.

16:00 to 17:00 ITU RDF 5 ITU Regional Development Forum for Arab States – Closing Remarks
16:00 to 17:00 NDDR 5 Partners Meeting: ESCWA - DESA on Global e-Gov Survey as part of the ADDR process

During this session, partners will discuss the ongoing cooperation between UN DESA and ESCWA regarding the implementation of the UN E-Gov Survey in the Arab region.  Partners will also discuss future steps.

Day: 2
20 آذار/مارس 2019
Time Session # Session Title Synopsis
09:00 to 09:30 Opening Parallel Event: Opening of ESCWA Inter-governmental Meeting on Technology for Development
09:30 to 10:30 AMPAC 4 Arab IGF AMPAC - Discussion on Working Groups Outcomes (For members)

Parallel Session

09:30 to 10:30 ESCWA IGM Progress made since the first session of the Committee (By invitation)

Parallel event

09:30 to 10:30 WS 2 AHLF Thematic/Community Workshop: Capacity Development Initiatives and Programs by the I* Organizations Operating in the Middle East



Organizers: 
 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); Internet Society (ISOC); and The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
 
Contact person: 
Mr. Fahd Batayneh, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Middle East
 
This workshop aims at demonstrating the different capacity development programs and initiatives ICANN, ISOC, and RIPE NCC deliver and/or collaborate on the 3 organizations are trusted stewards of the open, inclusive, and collaborative Internet model working for the good of the Internet, raising awareness through many means one of which is Capacity Development. Each organization is specialized in certain area(s), and so the workshop will also demonstrate what each organization does, and whom to reach out to for support and help.

 

11:00 to 12:00 AMPAC 5a Arab IGF AMPAC – Discussion on Working Groups Outcomes (For members)

Parallel Session

11:00 to 12:00 IGM T4D Progress made since the first session of the Committee (By invitation)

Parallel Session

11:00 to 12:00 WS 3 AHLF Thematic/Community Workshop: Smart Cities and New Urban Agenda in the Arab Region



Organizers:  ITU Arab Regional Office and ESCWA
 
Contact persons: 
Mr. Mustafa AlMahdi, Programme Administrator, ITU Arab Regional Office, mustafa-ahmed.al-mahdi@itu.int
 
This workshop aims to consolidate the vision of the Arab region for urban development, and provide perspective of using smarter technologies for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in the region as well as the achievement of the SDGs, in particular the SDG 11 and other urban related goals in the Arab region.
12:00 to 13:00 AMPAC 5b Arab IGF AMPAC - Discussion on Working Groups Outcomes (For members)

Parallel Session

12:00 to 13:00 IGM T4D Progress made since the first session of the Committee (By invitation)

Parallel Session

12:00 to 13:00 WS 4 AHLF Thematic/Community Workshop: Cybersecurity in the Arab Region



Organizers:
ITU Arab Regional Office and ESCWA
 
Contact persons: 
Mr. Mustafa AlMahdi, Programme Administrator, ITU Arab Regional Office, mustafa-ahmed.al-mahdi@itu.int; and Mr. Ayman Elsherbiny, Chief ICT Policies Section, ESCWA, el-sherbiny@un.org
 
This workshop aims to promote confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ information and communication technologies (ICTs), critical information infrastructure protection and discuss key aspects and challenges of cybersecurity in the Arab region.
13:30 to 14:30 AMPAC 6 Arab IGF AMPAC - Discussion on Working Groups Outcomes (For members)
13:30 to 14:30 IGM T4D Technology and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (By invitation)

Parallel Event

13:30 to 14:30 WS 5 AHLF Thematic/Community Workshop: Digital Financial Inclusion in the Arab Region

Organizers:  

ITU Arab Regional Office and ESCWA
 
Contact persons: 
Mr. Karim Abdelghani, Programme Coordinator, ITU Arab Regional Office, karim.abdelghani@itu.int; and Ms. Mirna El Hajj Barbar, Programme Management Officer, ESCWA, barbarm@un.org.
 
This workshop will shed light on the opportunities and impact that digital financial inclusion can have on the Arab region particularly with respect to achieving relevant Sustainable Development Goals and WSIS targets.  The ITU and ESCWA will also shed light on a joint study under development to assess the enabling environment for Digital Financial Inclusion in the Arab region.

 

14:30 to 15:30 AMPAC 7 Arab IGF AMPAC - Discussion on final programme of Arab IGF 5 and closing (For members)



- ArabIGF-2019 Slogan, Scheduling
- Updated Timeline and agreed-upon actions, by ArabIGF Secretariat
- Closing

 

14:30 to 15:30 IGM T4D Technology and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (By invitation)

Parallel Event 

14:30 to 15:30 WS 6 AHLF Thematic/Community Workshop: Upcoming global WSIS Forum and Arab Forum for Sustainable Agenda, April 2019



Organizers:  
ITU Arab Regional Office and ESCWA
 
Contact persons: Mr. Karim Abdelghani, Programme Coordinator, ITU Arab Regional Office, karim.abdelghani@itu.int; and Mr. Ayman Elsherbiny, Chief ICT Policies Section, ESCWA, el-sherbiny@un.org.
 
This workshop will shed shed light on some of the main activities to be done in this year’s WSIS forum as well as the Arab Forum for Sustainable Agenda.

 

14:30 to 16:30 Recap Stock-taking and Closing Session



Recap and Main Messages of the Forum
The Way Forward

 

Day: 3
21 آذار/مارس 2019
Time Session # Session Title Synopsis
09:00 to 10:30 IGM T4D Technology and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (By invitation)
11:00 to 13:00 IGM T4D Technology and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (By invitation)
14:00 to 16:00 IGM T4D Programmatic issues (By invitation)
16:00 to 17:00 Closing Closing Session