The world is heading towards defining the development agenda for post-2015, and approving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Technology plays an important role in driving the development process and in achieving these goals. The theme folder of this Issue of the Review of Information and Communications Technology for Development in the Arab Region is dedicated to technology and its impacts on development. The folder shows several technology models, and refers to best practices in transiting to smart government. The folder highlights the role of ESCWA in the peaceful uses of outer space and satellite technology. It includes a case study on the role of scientific innovation in stimulating Arab youth.
The Issue presents the global developments in Internet governance in general and the activities of the Arab Forum in particular. It describes the role of geographic information systems in mitigating risks, and presents the importance of information and communications technology to climate change adaptation. The evolution of the use of the Arabic language in Internet domain names is also tackled. Finally, a summary of the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, and a summary of a 2015 report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on information economy are included.
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