Only one month to IWC17!

One month from now, on April 21, Conference Room 12 at United Nations Headquarters in New York will be hosting the 17th Infopoverty World Conference: ‘Transferring knowledge and adequate technologies: the way to combat poverty and make the world safer’.

Our speakers are getting ready to give their  inspired contributions on several topics relevant for the role of ICTs on the way to achieve a model of sustainable development.

Keep on following us on this blog and on our social media channels to know more about our agenda and do not forget to register at: http://bit.ly/iwcregform if you wish to join us in New York (UNHQ, Conference Room 12) or in Milan (Ufficio di Informazione del Parlamento Europeo, Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 59)!

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IWC 17 is quickly approaching!

Only 44 days to go to the XVII Infopoverty World Conference, which will be held on 21 April 2017 at UNHQ, New York, and in a parallel videoconference session from the European Parliament Information Office, Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan.

Keep on following us on this blog and on our social media channels (facebook.com/occam.milano and twitter.com/occam_milano) to receive more updates about this important event!

To register, please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/iwcregform

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Registrations for the XVII Infopoverty World Conference are officially open!

OCCAM is pleased to announce that registrations for the XVII Infopoverty World Conference- Transferring knowledge and technologies: the way to combat poverty and make the world safer, are now officially open. To participate in the event, which will be held on 21st April 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, Conference Room 12, please fill in the following registration form: 

http://bit.ly/iwcregform

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The Infopoverty World Conference, organized by OCCAM with the patronage of the European Parliament, since 2001 on the wave of the proclamation of the Millennium Development Goals, points out yearly at UN HQ in New York the most innovative solutions and the best practices elaborated with the United Nations system, governments and the civil society, to empower the fight against poverty. The Conference represents, for its continuity, operational capability and strong interoperability with the UN system, a unique global forum gathering leading experts, academics, opinion leaders, managers, government officials and philanthropists. In particular, it has given rise to the Infopoverty Programme, which promotes and realizes actions on the ground using the ICTs as tools of development, having created the UN Millennium Village in Sambaina (Madagascar) and ICT Villages in Honduras, South Lebanon, Navajo Nation and Ethiopia. The previous editions of our conference, collected in the E-book “15 Years of Infopoverty World Conference (2001-2015)” (available at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/pierpaolo-saporito/infopoverty-world-conference-15-years-2oo1-2o15-the-digital-revolution-in-the-words-of-the-lead-players/ebook/product-22420794.html), and in particular the most recent, led to the launch of two institutions which serve as a model for new practices, E-MedMed and the World Food Security e-Center, capable to provide directly to communities in need Telemedicine, e-Learning, e- Training and e-Agriculture services through a global digital platform.

After seventeen years of work and practical engagement in cooperation with the main stakeholders of the digital revolution worldwide, we are committed to discover and apply easier, low-cost and adequate solutions to meet the real needs of people with smart technologies. Everyday innovations create different scenarios and opportunities. The arising global connectivity made possible by the spreading use of mobile phones and smartphones is changing intimately people’s life, reshaping communities, governance, and social relationships. As the observatory of digital revolution, OCCAM, launching with its partners the XVII edition of IWC, focuses the debate’s attention on the high inequality of the development of ICT innovations which are generally destined to wealthy end-users market rather than to social growth, failing to offer solutions to fight poverty, hunger, health and to achieve universal education as stated by Sustainable Development Goals, cornerstone of the Infopoverty Program. How to overcome this handicap is the main theme of XVII Infopoverty World Conference, providing concrete facts and best practices able to prove that digital services designed in line with the socio-economic development needs of the most disadvantaged populations could lead to relevant results in terms of health, food security, education, climate change, etc. Such solutions are particularly effective if powered by sensors of next generations, robotic devices and innovative methods by public and private operators, NGOs, IGOs, public or private institutions. It is of crucial importance for us to learn to think digital, which means to require clarity, transparency, effectiveness, active participation, community spirit, creativity, fellowship, beyond borders, cultures and the limits of knowledge, in order to develop the human resources with a massive transfer of technologies and knowledge, which make them able to create wealth for communities.

We appeal thus to the best entrepreneurial spirits, researchers, governments and institutions to join XVII Infopoverty World Conference to find the best solutions for translating the vision of a truly global information society into reality, and to launch the concrete message that it is absolutely possible and it is a duty to eradicate poverty and make the world safer.

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Presented successfully at COP22 in Marrakech the World Food Security e-Center

The World Food Security e-Center has been presented on 17th November in Marrakech in a special Seminar held by OCCAM, whose topic has been:” The World Food Security e-Center: to transfer technology and knowledge providing for rural development”.

The WFSeC, born as Legacy EXPO, has been convalidated during the XVI Infopoverty World Conference at UNHQ in New York and it associated to the existing competences owned by Academia, laboratories, center of excellence. Its aims are to share, through the AD HOC Platform and new robotic devices, specific digital services for people in needs, able to improve the rural development and the urban nutrition.

Nowadays, the executive phase is elaborating in specific projects in Sierra Leone and Madagascar to improve the human life conditions.

 

 

CHRISTOPHER D. SMITHERS FOUNDATION FILM AWARD 2016

Venice, 9th September 2016

On 9th of September 2016, at the Venice Film Festival  the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Award, created in 2008 in the framework of the traditional Prizes awarded by the International Council of Film and Television at UNESCO (IFTC-UNESCO), and the Observatory on Cultural Communication at UN (OCCAM), has been assigned to the movie THE BLEEDER by Philippe Falardau.
The film revolves around the dissolute life, between alcohol and drugs, of the heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner and his 1975 fight with the heavyweight champion, Muhammad Alì.

The movie has been chosen through an attentive selection of the values which characterize the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, the delicate fighting against the abuse of alcohol and the addiction to drugs

The Jury was composed by:

  • Jasmina Boijc (founder and director UNAFF, Stanford University)
  • Pierpaolo Saporito (President of OCCAM, the UN Observatory on Cultural Communication and v.president of CICT-UNESCO)
  • Gabriel Griffin-Hall (Author and Poet)
  • Eliana Bantchev (CICT-UNESCO General Secretary Delegate).

THE BLEEDER has been selected for the expressive force with which this biopic portrays a fighter, whose great physical strength and ability to take blows in the ring, does not at first translate into the ability to cope with both success and subsequent failure in life, resulting in his succumbing to alcohol and drugs, from which eventually he finds the strength in himself to emerge, becoming an example to be held up to younger generations.

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The Christopher D. Foundation Award
Palmares
:

Stella   by Sylvie Verheyde,
Bad Lieutenant   by Werner Herzog,
Svinalängorna (Beyond)  by Pernilla August,
Himizu   by Sono Sion,
Low tide .. by Roberto Minervini,
Joe    by D. Gordon Green

PREMI  CICT-UNESCO 2016

 

The Jury  composed by: Jasmina Boijc (founder and director UNAFF, Stanford University),  Pierpaolo Saporito (President  of OCCAM, the UN Observatory on Cultural Communication and v.president  of CICT-UNESCO,  Gabriel Griffin-Hall (Author and Poet),Eliana Bantchev  (CICT-UNESCO General Secretary Delegate)

 

has awarded the following two prizes

 

  • XXIII PRIX  “ENRICO FULCHIGNONI”

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MURTI BHAWAN (Hotel Salvation)

by  S. Bhutani

Motivation:

For the values finely expressed on the importance of family, time passed together in respect and with love, and those valuesof human rights which we all share.

The maturity and depth of emotions and cinematic vocabulary used to display these belie the young age of the director, and we look forward to seeing many more of his films in the future.

 

HOTEL SALVATION is part of the Biennale College – Cinema program at the Venice Film Festival which gives support since 2012 to the young filmmakers to bring their vision to the big screen and in this case the effort has borne marvelous fruit.

We hope that this recognition by Prix CICT-UNESCO will open the doors to theaters around the world and allow this film to be widely seen and liked, making a bridge of understanding across different cultures and traditions.

 

 

  • VII  C. SMITHERS FOUNDATION AWARD

 to

THE BLEEDER

by  Philippe Falardeau

  MOTIVATION

For the expressive force with which this biopic portrays a fighter, whose great physical strength and ability to take blows in the ring, does not at first translate into the ability to cope with both success and subsequent failure in life, resulting in his succumbing to alcohol and drugs, from which eventually he finds the strength in himself to emerge, becoming an example to be held up to younger generations.

OCCAM sponsors the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Award.

The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Award confirms its presence at the 73rd Mostra del Cinema

 

The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Award, created in 2008 in the framework of the traditional Prizes awarded by the International Council of Film and Television at UNESCO (IFTC-UNESCO), and the Observatory on Cultural Communication at U.N. (OCCAM),  confirms its presence at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.

            The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1952 by R. Brinkley Smithers in memory of his late father. Originally, the purpose of the Foundation was to carry on the charitable activities pursued by Mr. Christopher D. Smithers during his lifetime. However, after attending the Yale School of Alcohol Studies in 1956, R. Brinkley Smithers decided that the family charitable foundation should concentrate on alcohol and substance abuse.   For over 60 years the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation, Inc. has concentrated its efforts on helping and educating the public, encouraging programs for the prevention of abuse with an emphasis on high risk populations

Aware that drug taking and alcoholism, as indicated by the World Health Organization, constitute one of the major health-related issues at a global level, especially among young people, the Smithers Foundation  will give a Special Award to the movie present at the 73rd Mostra di Arte Cinematografica that best represents this issue.

The Jury is composed by: Jasmina Boijc (director UNAFF, Stanford University), Lola Poggi-Goujon (CICT-UNESCO General Secretary),  Gabriel Griffin-Hall (author),  chaired by Pierpaolo Saporito (president of OCCAM and V.President of CICT-UNESCO)
The Winner will be announced during a press conference on Friday 9 September at the Excelsior-Lido, and the Award Ceremony will held in New York.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS

Stella   by Sylvie Verheyde,

Bad Lieutenant   by Werner Herzog,

Svinalängorna (Beyond)  by Pernilla August,

Himizu   by Sono Sion,

Low tide .. by Roberto Minervini,

Joe    by D. Gordon Green