The agreement, formally called a memorandum of understanding, was signed by UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown and the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), a project that works with local stakeholders to promote the principles of a decentralized, accessible, user-controlled and market-driven Internet. UNDP and GIPI will cooperate on policy and regulatory reform, as well as on the design and implementation of national development strategies for information and communications technology, among other areas, a UN spokesman told the press today in New York.Mr. Malloch Brown then travelled to Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California, where he met with a number of leaders in the field of information and communications technology, including Carly Fiorina of Hewlett Packard and Eric Benhamou of 3Com. During his one-day trip, the UNDP chief explored the potential for public-private partnerships and the use of information technology for development. read more