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Internet Universality

A Means Towards Building Knowledge Societies and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

This document, proposed by UNESCO’s Secretariat, introduces “Internet Universality”, a draft concept that summarizes UNESCO’s positions on the Internet and which also serves as the framework for a current comprehensive study by UNESCO concerning key Internet-related issues. The notion of “Internet Universality” can holistically highlight the continued conditions for progress towards Knowledge Societies and the elaboration of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The word “Universality” points to four fundamental principles that have been embodied in the broad norms of evolution of the universal dimensions of the Internet. These principles are: (i) that the Internet is human rights-based (ii) open, (iii) accessible to all, and (iv) nurtured by Multi-stakeholder participation.

The concept of Internet Universality was endorsed by the 38th session of the General Conference.

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