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April 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

WSIS Forum 2015

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The ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP are pleased to invite you to the WSIS Forum 2015, which the ITU will host in Geneva (Switzerland) from 25 to 29 May 2015. The WSIS Forum 2015 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community and is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/Co-Facilitators (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, UN, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions).

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The WSIS Forum 2015 builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders. The WSIS Forum 2015 Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format aims at ensuring the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum 2015 by actively engaging governments, civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process. The Agenda of the WSIS Forum, built on the basis of the official submissions received during the Open Consultation Process, is now available online.

Agenda of WSIS Forum 2015

Open Consultation Process

All WSIS Stakeholders are invited to contribute to the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2015. The Open Consultation Process for the WSIS Forum 2015 is structured in five phases as follows:

High-Level Policy Statements

Policy Statements will be delivered during the High-Level Track (26-27 May 2015) Forum by high-ranking officials of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community, representing the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations to express their views and report on the achievements, challenges and recommendations on the implementation of WSIS Action Lines, emerging trends, innovation and matters of strategic importance to the development of the telecommunication and information and communication technology sector.

Governments, the Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations are invited to register for a speaking slot for their high-level officials. Speaking slots will be allocated according to ITU protocol. Due to time constraints the speaking slots will be limited to a maximum of three minutes. However, longer versions of statements will be posted on the WSIS Forum website and will be available as an outcome of the WSIS Forum 2015 in the form of an online WSIS Forum 2015 Policy Statement Booklet.

Requests for a speaking slot for delivering a Policy Statement should be made online. Deadline for requests: 24 April 2015 (Non-Extendable).


The organizers of the WSIS Forum 2015 would like to thank the Strategic Partner Platinum, the Strategic Partners Gold, the Partners for Specific Activities and the Contributing Partners for their significant contribution towards strengthening all activities related to the forum.

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WSIS Project Prizes 2015

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300 International Projects running for WSIS Prizes 2015

- International inventory of sustainable models and best practices of ICT for Development -

Ten days left until 1 May, closing the Online Voting Phase of the WSIS Prizes 2015 contest! 300 international projects are running for the prestigious 18 WSIS Prizes 2015: a worldwide recognition of the best practices available at the global level.

Boost buzz and cast your vote for each of 18 Categories.

The list of the 18 most appreciated/voted projects will be identified and winning projects will be announced officially to the public during the Prize Ceremony, which will be held at the WSIS Forum 2015 (25-29 May 2015).

Please join us in this exciting countdown, take part in the voting process, follow the preparations for the WSIS Forum 2015, register and take active participation in Geneva or remotely.

The following chart reflects this year’s nominated projects by regions, stakeholders, and Action Lines:

Nominated projects chart by regions, stakeholders, and Action Lines

ITU Kaleidoscope 2015 - Call for Papers

Trust in the Information Society

Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society is the seventh in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions. The aim of the Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify emerging developments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society.

Kaleidoscope 2015

Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society will analyze means of building information infrastructures deserving our trust. The event will highlight ideas and research that will help ensure the Information Society’s growth in inclusivity and sustainability thanks to its trusted foundations.

Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society calls for original research papers offering bold, innovative approaches to the research into and development of standardized platforms for the benefit of all, in particular underserved communities and citizens of developing countries. A key point will be the identification of the main challenges still to be addressed to develop standards supporting the development of trustworthy information infrastructures.

Submission deadline: 6 July 2015.

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WSIS Forum Open Consultations

Final Brief

The final brief of the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2015 will be held on Friday, 24 April 2015 at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva. Remote participation facilities will be made available for this meeting.


WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2015

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