Oman has been appointed to the vice-presidency of UNESCO's Information for All Program (IFAP) for the second time.
The UN body, which promotes efforts to close the digital gap and empower communities, held its tenth intergovernmental council meeting in Paris last week, and confirmed the re-election of Oman.
The Sultanate was re-elected in recognition of its outstanding contribution during its membership in the executive office and its role in the development of IFAP.
The Information for All Programme is an intergovernmental programme, created in 2000. Through IFAP, Governments of the world have pledged to harness the new opportunities of the information age to create equitable societies through better access to information.
The Sultanate's delegation was headed by Eng Omar Bin Salim Al Shanfari, deputy CEO for Operation at the Information Technology Authority (ITA).
Al Shanfari commented: "IFAP is one of the most important programs adopted by the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This reelection for this significant post as vice president is an honor and an international recognition assuring renewal of confidence on its role in promoting digital literacy and implementing the agenda and objectives of the Information for All Program )IFAP(. This program is concerned with highlighting the main issues created by the information and communication age, then proposing and adopting appropriate solutions to address them.
"We will strive to help the program achieves its set objectives and goals by enhancing the development in this vital sector and facilitating access to information and maintain multilingualism in the information age and other goals," he added.
IFAP exists to be an advocate for all people on the wrong side of the information divide, whether they be in developed or developing countries. Of special concern are the needs of women, youth and the elderly, as well as persons with disabilities. The sultanate was elected as vice president during the previous 39 session of the general committee of the UNESCO and was reelected in the last meeting to take up this post until the end of the 41 session till 2021.