Welcome to OCCAM
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.