UNESCO will launch an international community of practice on local e-Government through its 'Information for All Programme'.
The community of practice will help participants to exchange technical information and experiences on the use of ICT for empowerment and participation of citizens in government at local level. It will be a virtual information centre on e-Governance. The network will be operational to Spanish speaking experts at the beginning of 2007. The Information for All Programme was created in 2000 by UNESCO's Executive Board as a successor to the General Information Programme and the International Informatics Programme. Open to experts of all countries, the community will initially bring together the participants of three training courses developed in cooperation with the Union Iberoamericana de Municipalidades under a project promoting ICTs as tools for improvement of local governance that UNESCO runs since 2002. The project is one of UNESCO's contributions to the implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society that includes the implementation of e-Government strategies focusing on applications aimed at innovating and promoting transparency in public administrations and democratic processes, improving efficiency and strengthening relations with citizens.