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The operational structure of OCCAM

The operational structure of OCCAM1. Observatory on the phenomena of the digital revolution;
2. Research and experimentation, on social-oriented ICT innovations;
3. Infopoverty conference, which organizes the annual IWC in NY;
4. Infopoverty programme for monitoring and management with projects started;
5. Communication and secretariat. OCCAM makes use of qualified high-level advisors, grouped in specific task forces,
with a promotion and development committee.
The observatory has two representations at the UN, one in New York and one in Geneva and an international head of Institutional Relations.


Through the organization of conferences OCCAM aims to create a permanent dialogue between different actors and parts of the world and promote the sharing of ideas and opinions. Through that conferences can exercise major impacts on the field in which they are embedded.OCCAM organises two conferences, one at world level and one at the Mediterranean level, to discuss and agree about objectives, and best practices to meet them to be put in place the following year.OCCAM’s two main Conferences are

XXI Euromediterranean

XXI Euromediterranean
26-27th February 2016
Catania The Mediterranean in the Digital Era. The health safety in the migrants’ emergency for the joint development of the coastal populations
14-15th April 2016
Conference Room 12,United Nations Headquarters, New York (reported on UNTV) Infopoverty World Conference, ICTs as the tools for everyone to achieve dignity and freedom.


he Infopoverty Programme was started by the first Infopoverty World Conference, organized by OCCAM in 2001 with the European Parliament, UNESCO Mediterranean Programme, UNIC and other scientific and university institutions. Infopoverty is focused on fighting poverty through innovations and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in particular.




the Observatory on the cultural and audiovisual communication, founded by UNESCO in 1996 to fight poverty through the development of the ICTs.
Throughout its history, our institution has been guided by the core principle of – in the words of UN General Secretary – becoming a pilot explorer of the digital revolution.
From our establishment as an experimental agency that helps to search and apply the best practices, OCCAM has played a vital role in promoting the social use of ICTS ensuring the capacity of the UN system to accelerate the process of development for the disadvantaged community.
As new challenges of the digital revolution have arisen, the United Nations has consistently called on OCCAM to develop solutions that keep us a step ahead. OCCAM has created in 2001 the Infopoverty Programme, consisting in the creation of ICT-Villages in remote areas, able to assure to the population the primary services in food security, e-health and e-learning.
During 15 years, the Infopoverty World Conference, held in the UN Headquarters in New York, illustrated the results of its actions, becoming a pole of discussion and attraction of the most innovative people, institutions and companies in the planet. Now, the partnerships established with governments, industries, UN IGO and academic institutions constitute a pole of reference for a new approach of cooperation and a strong support to the rise of the progresses made by the communities using properly the new technologies. OCCAM also continues to focus on its mission promoting the role of the UN to drive the digital revolution momentum: orienting the innovation to the social primary needs and moderating the speculative behavior
OCCAM also manages a significant number of researches and development programs focused on a broad range of the application of the global platform of digital services, able to ensure a fundamental science and engineering capability pushing the forefront of technology.
OCCAM with its network of 200 partners upholds a strong set of core values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, respect for each other, and placing service to the United Nations as our highest duty.”
Pierpaolo Saporito
President Occam & Infopoverty Programme at UN

 UNESCO and European Parliament partnership

Since its foundation, the Observatory has had a close relationship with UNESCO, which originated in 1996, as a special project associated with the Mediterranean Program, a network of agencies and institutions aimed at supporting the Barcelona Agreement of 1995 on free trade Euro-Mediterranean. n this context, OCCAM assisted the organization of the “1st Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Cinema”, under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, held in Venice in September 1995, with the UNESCO Conseil International du Cinema et de la Television, and the European Parliament, Romeoffice.
These annual conferences form a forum where the various protagonists of the Region work on the role that cinema and new media can play in the process of integration of the Mediterranean, identifying and promoting concrete initiatives to support the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue; in twenty years, the Euro-Mediterranean Conferences on Cinema have seen among its participants representatives of governments, international organizations, public and private institutions, experts in the new media and men and women of culture; this initiative has promoted and supported important initiatives in the Mediterranean, such as: the Euromed Audiovisuel program for cinema support policy; the Copeam for public televisions; the Film Festivals of Tirana, Ohrid, Zagreb, Beirut, Gaza, Kouribka, Kalamata, Menorca; the rencontres cinèma of Hammammet; the relaunch of the Antalya Festival in Turkey, the first Euro-Asian festival.
In 2016, the XXI Conference was held on February 26th and 27th in Catania with the theme of the Mediterranean in the Digital Era and focused on “Health Security, Migrant Emergency and Solidarity Development in the Mediterranean Basin”,[118] with important contributions from the Mayor of Catania Enzo Bianco, the ministerial undersecretaries Giuseppe Castiglione, Domenico Manzione, Vito De Filippo and Benedetto Della Vedova, senior representatives of the coastal countries, partners of the E-MedMed project, and the President of OCCAM and Infopoverty Pierpaolo Saporito , who underlined how the conference goes beyond cinema and television to widen the field of digital communication, and can be integrated as a regional contribution to the worldwide mission of Infopoverty.

eLegere @ UN OCCAM – XVIII Infopoverty World Conference

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