Our Activities

2010

  • The Office for Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy of the European Parliament and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament held a three-day workshop on “Technological Options for Capturing and Reporting Parliamentary Proceedings”, hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels from 14 to 16 July 2010. The event followed the dialogue started in a specialized session of the World e-Parliament Conference 2009 held in Washington, D.C., during which participants called for more inter-parliamentary cooperation in this area of work and for sharing available expertise on the implementation of different technological solutions.

  • From 4 to 8 July 2010 the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the UNDP Office in Khartoum, undertook a mission to assess the use of information and communication technologies of both chambers of the Parliament of Sudan. The mission team was composed by two experts from the Global Centre and the Parliament of Finland.

  • The Summer School LEX10 provided knowledge of the most significant ICT standards emerging for legislation, judiciary, parliamentary and administrative documents. The course provided understanding of their impact in the different phases of the legislative and administrative process, awareness of the tools based on legal XML standards and of their constellations, and the ability to participate in the drafting and use of standard-compliant documents throughout law-making process.

  • Hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives in conjunction with the World e-Parliament Conference 2009, the fourth meeting of the Board of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament mainly focused on a review of the activities of the Global Centre and a discussion of a 2010-2020 Framework Programme for the Global Centre. Following the adoption of the ten-year framework, the Board elected new co-Chairs.

  • The third meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament took place in Rome on 1-2 October 2009. The members of the Advisory Committee were invited to address the following agenda items: 1) Review of 2009 activities; 2) Objectives and structure of the third high-level meeting of the Board; 3) Agenda of World e-Parliament Conference 2009; 4) Preliminary outcome of the Global Survey on ICT in Parliament; 5) Draft 10-year programmatic document for the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament; 6) Work plan for 2009-2010, and 7) budget analysis and overview.

  • Hosted by the National Assembly of Hungary, the third meeting of the Board of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament took place on 6 March 2009. The event focused on the Global Centre’s strategic and operational challenges for 2009-2010 and beyond, and ways to mobilize parliaments and guide the international community in the implementation of ICT in legislatures. The Board adopted a statement at the conclusion of the meeting

  • In preparation for the 3rd high-level Meeting of the Board, the Advisory Committee of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament met in Rome on 26-27 January 2009. After a presentation of the "e-Governance for Development Initiative" by the Government of Italy, members of the Advisory Committee focused their attention on a review of the activities of the Global Centre in 2008, a discussion of the Global Centre's strategic document and work plan for 2009 and 2010, and preparation of the upcoming meeting of the Board.

  • The second high-level Meeting of the Board of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament was hosted by the United Nations, at its Headquarters in New York, on 28 February 2008. The meeting focused on reviews of the progress to date, plans for future activities and the budget of the Global Centre. The Board issued a statement at the conclusion of the meeting.

  • The first meeting of the Board of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament was hosted by the Chamber of Deputies of Italy on 3 March 2007, in Rome. Board members discussed the overall objectives of the Global Centre and its future direction. They also reviewed its work programme, report on past activities, financial situation and partnerships.

  • Issues:

    1. Providing a sound legislative framework aimed at preventing electoral violence, improving election monitoring and ensuring the smooth transition of power
    2. The role of parliaments in ensuring sustainable development through the management of natural resources, agricultural production and demographic change
    3. Transparency and accountability in the funding of political parties and election campaigns
  • At the request of the UNDP Country Office in Algier, the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament fielded a technical mission to analyze the current use of information and communication technologies in the Parliament of Algeria, from 9 to 14 of May 2010. The mission focused on diagnostic and analysis of ICT solutions to improve legislative, oversight and representative functions of the Council of the Nation and the National Assembly of Algeria.

  • The Global Centre for ICT in Parliament undertook a second assessment on the use of ICT in the National People's Assembly of Guinea-Bissau from 23 April to 3 May 2010. The second technical assistance mission focused on the development of an ICT Strategic Development Plan for the next five years, with recommendations on ICT solutions to improve legislative, oversight and representative functions. The mission responded to a request made by the UNDP Country Office in Guinea-Bissau.

  • The Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, Mr. Sha Zukang; the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr. Anders Johnson; and the Secretary General of the ITU, Mr. Hamadoun Touré opened the Third Parliamentary Forum “ICT and the Global Economic Crisis: Current Situation and Future Perspectives”. The event was the third meeting of members of parliament focusing on issues relating to the Information Society and the aim of the Forum series was to further dialogue among legislators on parliamentary actions that can contribute to the shaping of the future Information Society in view of the WSIS implementation, follow-up and future 2015 review. It also intended to strengthen the interaction at international level between members of parliaments and representatives of international organizations working in this domain with a view to identifying good parliamentary practices for the advancement of ICT-related policies in favour of the internationally-agreed development goals.

  • Webcast

    If you wish to follow the Third Parliamentary Forum on Shaping the Information Society “ICT and the Global Economic Crisis: Current Situation and Future Perspectives”on-line, please click in the link below.

    You will be requested to enter a login as well as a password. The login is parliam and the password is parliament.

    Thank you for your interest in the Third Parliamentary Forum on Shaping the Information Society.

  • At the request of the OECD (Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development), the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament participated in the assessment on the use of ICT in the Parliament of the Republic of Georgia, from 22 to 26 March 2010. The technical assistance mission focused on openness, transparency and effectiveness of legal drafting process in the Parliament, mainly through reforming the IT system (internet and intranet), to improve efficiency of the activity of MPs and of consultative and participatory mechanisms.

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