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PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE OEA/Ser.G

ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES CP/CISC-816/16

2 February 2016 COMMITTEE ON INTER-AMERICAN SUMMITS MANAGEMENT Original: Spanish

AND CIVIL SOCIETY PARTICIPATION

IN OAS ACTIVITIES

APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION PRESENTED PURSUANT TO ITEM 6

OF THE GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

IN OAS ACTIVITIES [CP/RES. 759 (1217/99)]


[World Wide Web Foundation]
ANALYSIS OF THE ELEMENTS FOR REGISTRATION BY
WORLD WIDE WEB FOUNDATION TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE OAS

This document was prepared by the Section on Relations with Civil Society of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity to provide information to the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) on the civil society organizationWorld Wide Web Foundation.


The information contained in this report is provided pursuant to resolution CP/RES. 759 (1217/99), “Guidelines for the Participation of Civil Society Organizations in OAS Activities,” and includes a summary and a list of data and documentation presented by World Wide Web Foundation in accordance with the aforementioned Guidelines.


  1. Background


World Wide Web Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Delaware, the United States, on June 23, 2008. Its mission is to empower people via the Web, by forging sites offering free access to information, with educational, creative, and collaborative content.
World Wide Web Foundation focuses on three core elements: promoting and providing free Internet access; promoting the right of freedom of expression; and enhancing citizen participation, by working in cooperation with more than 160 associated organizations in 70 countries, including countries in the Americas, such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, United States, and Uruguay.
World Wide Web Foundation runs various on-line initiatives focusing on monitoring and empowering women, such as "Women´s Rights Online”, which compiles daily life stories of girls and women and “Alliance for Affordable Internet”, a campaign aimed at lowering the cost of Internet services to levels that the United Nations advocates.
In addition, World Wide Web Foundation publishes reports on the Web's contributions to social, economic, and political development all over the world, along with reports on access to information on the Web, Internet affordability, and the transparency of government procurement mechanisms in different parts of the world.
World Wide Web Foundation finances its activities with funds from contributions by international organizations, government agencies, enterprises, and individuals such as the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Google, Open Society Foundation, USAID, Ford Foundation, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and others.
World Wide Web Foundation applied for registration with the OAS on November 9, 2015.


  1. Name, address, and date of establishment

Name of Organization World Wide Web Foundation


Address: 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 500

Washington, D.C. 20005

United States
Tel: (+1) 202-595-2892
E-mail address: brandi.williams@webfoundation.org
Website: www.webfoundation.org
Executive Director: Anne Jellema
Date established: June 23, 2008



  1. Primary areas of activity and contributions that could be of interest to the OAS


World Wide Web Foundation helps advance access to information and contributes to the dissemination of human rights through the Web. The principal areas of activity and contributions by the NGO that could be of interest to the OAS include:


  • Helping to improve access to on-line information through research programs and developing strategies for implementing open information initiatives;




  • Creating digital activism platforms directed at vulnerable groups all over the world with a view to spreading ideas and voicing needs;







  • Disseminating the importance of access to information focusing on education, work, and social development.



  1. Identification of potential areas of collaboration with the OAS


World Wide Web Foundation proposes to collaborate with the OAS in the following areas:


  • Conducting awareness campaigns aimed at promoting such inter-American instruments as the American Convention on Human Rights; the Inter-American Democratic Charter; the Social Charter of the Americas, and so on.




  • Working jointly with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to promote human rights and ensure equal social, economic, and political rights for all in the Americas;




  • Using its Web platforms to disseminate efforts undertaken by the OAS on matters relating to democracy, particularly the Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) and the Electoral Observation Missions (EOMs);




  • Lending support to the OAS Department of Public Management programs by exchanging information on Open Government and Access to Information;




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    articipating in the hemispheric debates and activities of the OAS with civil society and remitting recommendations to OAS member states that could serve as inputs for events such as the OAS General Assembly, meetings of the Permanent Council and its committees, sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and so on.





  1. Documents submitted by the CSO to the OAS




  • Letter addressed to the OAS Secretary General, dated November 9, 2015.

  • Articles of Incorporation and Statute

  • Most recent management report - 2014

  • Mission statement

  • Financial statements 2014

  • Sources of funding, 2014





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