Mandate of the IITF:
The IITF was set up by the Indigenous Caucus at the Tunis Summit as an Indigenous mechanism for follow-up the WSIS work.
The work of the IITF will be based on the WSIS-related documents, that is those developed by Indigenous Peoples themselves and those adopted by Governments in the Summit proceedings.
The IITF will actively seek to inform Indigenous Peoples on a broad scale on the WSIS process and its follow-up.
The IITF will actively seek partnerships with Governments, UN agencies and NGOs to work on common projects related to the Information Society, and particularly with the goal to prepare for a Global Indigenous ICT Forum in 2007.
The core objectives of the International Indigenous ICT Task Force for the fiscal years 2006-07 are to continue the WSIS work, and particularly the work that has been done in Tunis in the following ways:
- Fundraising to host a Global Indigenous ICT Forum no later than November 2007
- Informing Indigenous Peoples on the WSIS process and its follow-up and ensuring a broad Indigenous involvement
- Raising awareness among Indigenous Peoples about the challenges and opportunities posed by the evolving Information Society, particularly with a view to promoting cultural diversity, strengthening Indigenous cultures and identities and to issues related to unauthorized use, appropriation and exploitation of traditional knowledge
- Developing an international Indigenous Portal
- Elaborating a draft for a Tunis e-strategy to be discussed and adopted at the Global Indigenous ICT Forum
- Finding possibilities for carrying out ICT capacity-building for Indigenous Peoples
- Promoting the development of national and international partnerships
- Promoting the establishment of working groups within the IICTF to deal with issues related to the Information Society and ICT utilization
In order to achieve these core objectives, the International Indigenous ICT Task Force will need to:
- Identify funding requirements;
*fund-raising efforts at the local, national, regional and international levels should commence immediately
- Recruit partners and participants;
* efforts to recruit partners and participants at the local, national, regional and international levels should commence immediately
- Foster international awareness of the needs and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples with a view to ICTs and connectivity
- Foster and form partnerships and collaborations between Indigenous Peoples and government departments, United Nations agencies, NGOs, the academic community and the private sector in relation to meeting the indigenous outcomes of WSIS.