OCCAM is the Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication in the Mediterranean and in the World established in 1997 by UNESCO.
After a series of initiatives in the mediterranean area affected by war, such as
In 2000 the project was validated and OCCAM given full autonomy. Since2003 it is formally associated to United Nations.
OCCAM works on the transformations that the Digital Revolution induces on global development.
It is the Acting Agency of the Infopoverty Programme; it is seated inMilan, Piazza Duomo, 21.
It has a permanent secretariat at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
It founded the Infopoverty Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
It develops its activities in four Continents – Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
Its Board has involved personalities of different nationalities: Egyptian, French, English, American, Albanese, Honduran, Italian, and other 15 countries.
It is chaired by Pierpaolo Saporito, High Level Advisor of the United Nations Alliance for ICTs and Development.
Since its foundation OCCAM works so that the most disadvantaged communities of the world can take advantage of the benefits new technologies can offer in difficult social, economical and environmental conditions.
Its mission is: to eradicate extreme poverty and foster the achievement of Millennium Development Goals promoted by United Nations in 2000.