UNESCO just launched the Internet Universality Indicators in Arabic, with the support of UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States, in Cairo, strengthening the global reach of UNESCO’s mission to call for an Internet that is (R) human Rights-based, (O) Open, (A) Accessible by everyone, nurtured by (M) Multi-stakeholder participation and governance, and (X) inclusive towards women and all groups.
Already available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia and Russian, this key publication is now also available in Arabic. The report presents the set of 303 indicators, including 109 core ones, which aims to assess how well national stakeholders, such as governments, companies and civil society, perform in adhering to the R.O.A.M principles and to a number of 79 cross-cutting indicators relating to gender equality, youth, ethical dimensions and sustainable development. based on the R.O.A.M-X Principles.
The ROAM-X project is currently ongoing in 33 countries across five continents, including Jordan, Palestine, Sudan and Tunisia in Arab States. Through this publication, UNESCO seeks to facilitate discussions and foster research on Internet Universality and the ROAM principles for stakeholders in Arabic speaking countries. These findings are expected to support the crafting and implementation of Internet reforms that contribute to an improved, more inclusive digital environment.
To further advocate for the ROAM principles at global level, UNESCO invites all stakeholders to attend UNESCO' sessions at the 16th Internet Governance Forum 2021 where a DAY-0 pre-event dedicated to the ongoing national assessment of IUIs conducted across five continents and a session focused on the Dynamic Coalition on IUIs, will be held respectively on 6 and 9 December 2021.