XVII Infopoverty World Conference: new updates

The XVII Infopoverty World Conference was successfully held both in New York, UNHQ, Conference Room 12, and in Milan, European Parliament Information Office, Palazzo delle Stelline. It was a fruitful forum, where representatives from many different working fields and countries gathered to discuss the role of ICTs in international development and cooperation and to present the best technological solutions to fight poverty.


Fourth Session, Conference Room 12, UNHQ, New York
IMG_1299Preliminary Session in Milan, European Parliament Information Office

The value of this initiative was also officially recognized by Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic of Italy, who awarded Infopoverty this plate, which we where very honored to receive.

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Our staff is now working to issue the final declaration of the XVII Infopoverty World Conference, which will guide us in our future projects, on the way to combat poverty by transferring knowledge and adequate technologies. 



IWC 17: 2 days away!

IWC 17 is only two days away!

Next Friday, 21 April 2017, experts from all over the world will gather both in New York and in Milan to discuss interesting topics relevant in the field of ICT for Development, such as but not limited to the promotion of digital services to ensure food security, new advanced applications of telemedicine, the endorsement of the concept of smart cities and its evolution into ICT villages, and the creation of a new paradigm designed to share and transfer knowledge and technologies from most developed to emerging countries to accelerate the decrease of poverty and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is the main core of the ’17th Infopoverty World Conference-Transferring knowledge and adequate technologies: the way to combat poverty and make the world safer’, which we are confident will result in fruitful solutions aiming at fighting poverty through the development and use of new technologies.

Time is almost up to register for our Milan session (http://bit.ly/iwcregform), which will be held at the Information Office of the European Parliament, at Palazzo delle Stelline, Corso Magenta 59, starting at 2:30 pm (CET) in videoconference with the UNHQ in New York, Conference Room 12, 10:30 pm (NYT).

Those who cannot physically attend our event will still be able to follow us in live streaming on UNWEBTV.

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)!




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: 



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.


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.




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

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