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Numerous activities have been carried out in the past by UNESCO with a view to defining its place in the information society, particularly within the framework of the former General Information Programme (PGI) and the Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP).

The information revolution has resulted in an overlap of the two programmes which have been increasingly concentrating their activities in two main areas: firstly on content for the information society, and secondly on actions necessary to build "infostructure" for this evolving society through training, the establishment of information policies and the promotion of networking.

As of 1 January 2001, the Information for All Programme has been replaced the General information Programme and the Intergovernmental informatics Programme, according to Decision 3.6.1 taken at the 160th session of UNESCO's Executive Board.

Decisions leading to the creation of the Information for All Programme:


29th General Conference Resolution invites the Director-General "to convene the statutory meetings of the PGI Intergovernmental Council and the IIP Intergovernmental Committee, as well as those of their Bureaux, as joint meetings, in order to release funds for concrete activities in MemberStates and to establish the synergies necessary to adapt UNESCO's activities to the challenges of the information highways, thus enabling the 30th session of the General Conference to take a well-informed decision about a possible merger of these two intergovernmental programmes or any other appropriate solution." (Resolution 29 C/Resolution 28 (Paragraph 2.C.(f)).


30th General Conference approves Resolution 36 "New programme merging the General Information Programme (PGI) and the Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP)"(30 C/Resolution 36)


60th session of the Executives Board adopts decisions 3.6.1 on the "Replacement of the General Information Programme (PGI) and the Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP) by a new intergovernmental programme" (160 EX/Decision 3.6.1)

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