Infopoverty World Conference

Infopoverty World Conference is one of the best-known initiatives of OCCAM, founded in 2001.

Since then, the conference has been held annually at the UN seat in New York. Considered as one Flagship Event, over the years it has seen more than a thousand representatives of large international organizations and institutions, avant-garde companies, universities and pioneers of the digital revolution, to find winning digital solutions for fighting poverty and sustainable development.

Since its inception, the IWC has reached a high government level, thanks to the presence of high-ranking officials such as: Staffan de Mistura, General Secretary Personal Representative; Armida de Lopez Contreras, Vice President of Honduras; John Negroponte, former US Ambassador, Israel Chris, Deputy Secretary US department of Commerce (which announced in 2003 the creation of the Millennium Challenge Account by the Bush administration); Sonia Mendieta de Badaroux, President of the UNESCO General Assembly; Hisanori Isomura, president of CICT-UNESCO and ambassador of Japan in Paris; Mario Baccini, Italian foreign minister; Carlos A. Braga, director of the World Bank; Donaldo Ochoa, director of the Central American Bank for Economic Intregation; Giuseppe Gargani, president of the European Parliament’s Media and Culture Committee; Adriana de Kanter, director of the US Department of Education; Guido Podestà, Vice-President of the European Parliament; Arturo Vallarino, Vice-President of the Republic of Panama; John Shirley, President of the Navajo Nation; John Gage, co-founder Sun Microsystems; Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General ITU; Shashi Tharoor, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Communications and Public Information; Montassar Ouali, Tunisian Minister of Communication; Enrique Planas, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Social Communication; Sarbuland Khan, Director UN – GAID; and many others.

In 2003, the ICT Village model, a project that is still active in the Infopoverty Programme, was formalized during the first phase of the World Summit Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva.

In 2002 the Infopoverty Programme was born from the Conference to promote the validated projects and implement them concretely in the countries most in need.

The conferences over the years have been organized in partnership with the European Parliament, Office of Milan, and have received the high patronage of the President of the Republic, the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and other national and international institutions.

The annual editions of Infopoverty held at the UN seat in New York are always in videoconference with other institutional offices in the world, such as: Brussels, European Commission; Paris, Unesco; Milan, (Office of the European Parliament, the University of Milan, the Catholic University of Milan and the Polytechnic University of Milan) and numerous other locations around the globe.

The 2018 edition of the conference, the 18th, entitled Collective creativity and digital innovation: forging inclusive partnerships to sustain peace and development, was held on April 13, 2018 as usual at the UN NY, room 12 and saw 49 speakers. This latest edition, like the previous ones starting in 2012, has been made accessible by the UN TV streaming site.

Complete list of the 18 editions of the conference

  • I Infopoverty, 2001 Possible solutions 
  • II Infopoverty, 2002 From possible solutions to actions
  • III Infopoverty, 2003 New tools and best practices for development. The role of ICTs in reaching the MDGs
  • IV Infopoverty, 2004 New frontiers of the ICTs: services for development
  • V Infopoverty, 2005 Actors and strategies for development sigital technology to fight poverty 
  • VI Infopoverty, 2006 Fighting poverty to create prosperity for all 
  • VII Infopoverty, 2007 Harnessing the use of ICTs toward the Millennium Development Goals 
  • VIII Infopoverty, 2008 Low coast – Smart technologies to fight poverty and save the planet 
  • IX Infopoverty, 2009 ICT’S good use, abuse, refuse towards the Millennium Development Goals 
  • X Infopoverty, 2010 How the digital revolution can defeat poverty and Achieve the Lisbon and Millennium Development Goals 
  • XI Infopoverty, 2011 E-Services: The new paradigm for development and the achievement of the MDGs 
  • XII Infopoverty, 2012 Who drives the digital revolution? Development through innovation 
  • XIII Infopoverty, 2013 ICT – Innovations for Nation building and the empowerment of people
  • XIV Infopoverty, 2014 How the digital innovations can accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and help the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • XV Infopoverty, 2015 Next sustainable development goals: the challenge before the Digital Era 
  • XVI Infopoverty, 2016 ICTs as the tools for everyone to achieve dignity and freedom 
  • XVII Infopoverty, 2017 Transfering knowledge and adequate technologies: the way to combat poverty and make the world safer 
  • XVIII Infopoverty, 2018 Collective creativity and digital innovation: forging inclusive partnership to sustain peace and development 
  • XIX Infopoverty, 2019 How smart cities can fight poverty eliminating slums and promoting smart villages for rural development