August 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,


We would like to inform you that on the request of several stakeholders the deadline for submission of statements for the UNGIS Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10) has been extended to 5 September 2011. All WSIS Stakeholders are encouraged to send their submissions. The submission form is available at: Each one of us represents a component of the WSIS Process and it is important that all views are submitted to the UNGIS Open Consultations. The second physical meeting will be held on the 20 September at ITU Headquarters, Geneva.

WSIS Forum 2012 is scheduled to be held from 14-18 May at the ILO Conference Centre, Geneva. We look forward to your participation on-site or in a remote manner.

We would like to highlight that the iwrite4WSISForum campaign is seeking partnerships in different regions for disseminating information  and reporting on WSIS related activities. To become a partner contact us at

The WSIS Stocktaking call for update and new entries (2011-2012) is open please ensure that your project is submitted.

Best Regards,



United Nations Group on the Information Society


UNGIS Open Consultation Process on the Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes.

Please note that the deadline for submission of statements has been extended to 5 September 2011. We look forward to meeting you at the second physical meeting which will take place on the 20 September 2011, 14:30 - 18:00,  Room H, ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Remote participation will be available.

  • Phase One: First Physical Meeting during the WSIS Forum 2011 (20 May 2011; completed - Draft Executive Summary of Statements available) Read more at

  • Phase Two: Online Consultation : (15 June – 1 September 2011)

  • Phase Three: Submission of Formal Contributions: (Deadline extended to 5 September 2011)

  • Phase Four: Elaboration of the Draft Action Plan (By 15 September 2011)

  • Phase Five: Second Physical Meeting (20 September 2011)

  • Phase Six: Presentation of the Outcomes: Action Plan (5 October 2011) 

For more information please visit



WSIS Forum 2011

Outcome Document


WSIS Forum 2011 Outcome Document is a compilation of session summaries/outcomes submitted to the WSIS Secretariat by the organizations responsible for their respective sessions. This is a live document, please feel free to submit additional information to the WSIS secretariat at The outcome document is available here.

  • Video interviews and highlights are available here.

  • Photographs from the 2011 WSIS Forum are available here: flickr, itu photo library

  • Session webcasts of WSIS Forum 2011 are available here.



WSIS Forum 2012

WSIS Forum 2012 is scheduled to be held from 14th-18th May 2012 at ILO, Geneva, Switzerland. WSIS Forum 2012 is scheduled to be held from 14th-18th May 2012 at ILO, Geneva, Switzerland.

Open Consultations for WSIS Forum 2012 are planned as follows:

  • 11 October – Launch of the Open Consultations

  • November – Preparatory Meeting- Submission of Official Statements and Online Discussion

  • 15 January – Closing of the Online Discussion

  • 20 January - Submission of the Official Contributions

  • 15 February - Final Review Meeting

  • 15 April – Final Briefing on the WSIS Forum 2012



WSIS Stocktaking  

WSIS Stocktaking: Call for Update and New Entries, 2011– 2012

The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and share knowledge and experiences of projects by replicating successful models. All WSIS stakeholders are invited to update their entries and to add new information to the public database (  Information submitted to the public database will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2012 which will be officially launched during the WSIS Forum 2012 and submitted to the 15th Session of CSTD. We look forward to receiving your responses and any other associated documentation by 15 January 2012.

The official call is available in Arabic, English, Spanish, French Russian, Chinese
To download the questionnaire, please click  here.
We encourage you to submit the entries trough the online questionnaire.

All stakeholders have an opportunity to showcase their success stories, search for partners and funding opportunities, exchange experiences and network, benefit from the Global Events Calendar, Global Repository, WSIS Lab, Online Forums and Blogs by using the Web 2.0 WSIS Stocktaking online platform.



WSIS Stocktaking Online Forum

Join the discussion on  e-business!

Contribute or follow the online Forum here.



WSIS Stocktaking Blog

Provides a virtual space to exchange ideas and articles describing activities of stakeholders within the framework of WSIS. This blog provides you with the opportunity to collaborate electronically, build virtual networks of discussions and increase visibility of your activities. For the best use of information, blog functionalities such as comments and ratings are available for you. Everyone is welcome to submit their comments for the articles. The information may be submitted directly to the blog or to

View all WSIS Blog articles here.



Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development  

Measuring the Information Society 2011 UPCOMING in September 2011.

The latest edition of Measuring the Information Society will feature ITU's two key benchmarking tools to measure the Information Society: the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 152 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the past two years. More Information.

9th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting, Mauritius, 7-9 December 2011

The Meeting is organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) of Mauritius. Pre-registration for the meeting will open at the end of August, 2011. More information.



ITU TELECOM World 2011

Taking place at Geneva Palexpo from October 24-27, ITU Telecom World 2011 will play host to participants from across the globe and from all walks of the industry including some 250 global leaders spanning Heads of State and Government, Ministers, city mayors, industry CEOs and technology gurus, who will come together to share their vision and knowledge, build consensus and find solutions to real world challenges.

An action packed agenda will include the Broadband Leadership Summit, bringing together global leaders in connectivity, Heads of State, members of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development to discuss the global implementation of broadband. The Digital Cities conference brings together leading stakeholders in city development to share visions of a better, urban, connected future.

Alongside these, core conference sessions will span range of hot topics from the future Internet, mobile broadband, spectrum management and systems for smarter living, to frameworks for innovation, cloud computing, social networks and privacy, and more. Sessions will also include the technical symposium, which features unique in-depth expert insights into topics and trends shaping tomorrow’s ICT industry and much more.

Delegate registration is now open. Register before 16 September and benefit from early bird discount. For more information please visit:

ITU Green Standards Week

On 24-25 October 2011, ITU TELECOM and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development will host the Broadband Leadership Summit, uniting some 250 global leaders including Heads of State, Heads of Government and top industry executives to debate the issues that matter in shaping the global agenda in broadband. During four Plenary Sessions spanning a day and a half, senior policy-makers and captains of industry will debate the issues that matter – why broadband is today a critical infrastructure for any country, visions of our networked future, as well as some of the pressing issues emerging in steps towards our shared broadband future.  To reinforce the high-level debate and policy statements at the Broadband Leadership Summit, the Commission issued an Open Call for Entries for practical on-the-ground projects to be contributed to our online database and repository of broadband success stories to illustrate the efforts being made at the national level to promote broadband for purposes of empowering ICT users and lifting people out of poverty.


ITU Green Standards Week

ITU, together with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, is organizing the first Green Standards Week from 5 to 9 September in Rome, Italy.

Hosted by Telecom Italia, the cluster of workshops that make up the event will focus on raising awareness of the importance of using ICT standards to build a green economy and combat climate change.

A High-Level Segment (HLS) will provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry with an opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to Durban (COP-17) and in preparation for the Earth Summit Rio +20, to be held in 2012.

More information is available here.



The ICT4Peace Foundation

The ICT4Peace Foundation, the Swiss Confederation and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center are pleased to announce and invite you to participate at the 3rd International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) in Geneva from 14-15 November 2011. Sponsors include the World Bank.


The purpose of ICCM 2011 Geneva is to bring together the most engaged practitioners, scholars, software developers and policymakers at the cutting edge of crisis mapping to address and assess the role of crisis mapping and humanitarian technology in crisis response.



ICVolunteers is an international non-profit organization specialized in the field of development through communication with headquarters in Geneva. It recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers for non-profit projects (conference support, cyber-volunteering, language services), both for its own programs and in the context of support provided to its partners.


Case Studies

  • ITU/UPU (Book, 2010), ICTs, new services and transformation of the post (including a series of separate case studies for Buthan, Bostwana, Brazil, Korea, Russian Federation, Sauri Arabia)
  • ITU (2010), Satellite Connectivity to Remote Areas and E-Services for Development: Initiatives through Post Office Telekiosks in Buthan
  • ITU (2010), ICTs Communicty Access and Development: Case Studies from Six Developing Countries (Mali, Bhutan, Honduras, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Tanzania)
  • Innovative ways of appropriating mobile telephony in Africa (2010)

Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

Broadband Commission Report: A platform To Progress, executive summary

Broadband Commission Report: A platform to progress 

WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2011 

Mobile Africa Report 2011 

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Global Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

The Sixth Annual IGF Meeting, 27-30 September 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

11th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR11) & 4th Global Industry Leaders’ Forum (GILF), 20-23 September, Armenia City, Colombia

Int. Conference "Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online", 20-21 September, Warsaw, Poland

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From Our Partners


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to the Information Society. CoNGO and its members promote and defend these
fundamental principles throughout the WSIS Process."

Cyril Ritchie, President of CoNGO 2011-2014



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