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August 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Forum 2016

WSIS Forum 2016

The annual WSIS Forum has become a global multistakeholder platform for coordination of the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes. The Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line facilitators/co-facilitators and other UN organizations (ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, UNCTAD UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, ILO, WMO, UN, ITC, UPU, WIPO, UNODC, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions), is a mechanism for coordination of multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, and continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder and public-private partnerships to advance development goals. Regional commissions play a vital role in facilitating regional inputs, feeding outcomes of regional meetings, strategies and evaluation towards the WSIS Forum.

WSIS Forum 2016 will be held from 2–6 May 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Following the outcomes of the WSIS Action Line Facilitators meetings held since 2006, and the exchange of views amongst several WSIS stakeholders, the organizers of the WSIS Forum, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP will soon be announcing the Open Consultation Process on the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2016.

We look forward to welcoming all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2016 and count on their continued engagement in and commitment to the WSIS Process.

Please note that the dates of the Forum, 2–6 May 2016, are tentative and subject to the final outcomes of the UNGA High-Level Meeting on the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes in December this year.

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking

We would like to inform all WSIS Stakeholders that the WSIS Stocktaking Publications, the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2015 and the WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015, are available online for download from the ITU Bookshop.

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2015

WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS), which is the main global forum for telecommunication and information society measurements, will take place in Hiroshima, Japan, from 30 November to 2 December 2015. WTIS-2015 will feature several high-level debates addressing key questions related to ICT policy and measurement and bring together users and producers of ICT data. In addition, the ITU flagship report Measuring the Information Society Report 2015 will be launched at WTIS. The report features the latest ICT Development Index (IDI), a benchmarking tool that monitors information society developments worldwide. WTIS brings together ICT ministers, heads of national telecom/ICT regulatory authorities and national statistical offices, heads of international organizations, chief executive officers of private sector companies, and statistical experts from around the world.


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Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes by UNGA

WSIS+10 UNGA High-Level Meeting

Registration for the Second WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultations

We would like to remind all WSIS Stakeholders that the President of the General Assembly will convene a second informal interactive WSIS stakeholder consultations with all relevant stakeholders on 19 October 2015.

Registration is open for all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, private sector and academia, from the following five categories:

• Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
• Organizations accredited to the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005)
• Organizations accredited to the WSIS Forum held from 2011 to 2015
• Organizations with observer status with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
• Attendees of the UNESCO WSIS+10 - ICT4D Conference or the UNESCO WSIS - Connecting the Dots Conference

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Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. New York time on 11 September 2015.

For more information about the United Nations General Assembly's overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes, please visit:

Digital Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin American and the Caribbean is pleased to announce new Digital Agenda (eLAC2018), adopted on the occasion of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society held in Mexico City, on August 5-7, 2015. This 10-year process had for the first time the regional preparatory meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) on the same week, strengthening cooperation links among both mechanisms. As decided in the Mexico City Declaration, eLAC2018 Outcomes shall be conveyed as a regional contribution to the overall review of the implementation of WSIS Outcomes by UNGA.


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ITU CWG-Internet: Online Open Consultations

We would like to bring to your attention that the soon-to-conclude ITU Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet) online open consultations on the following topic:

“With a view to discussing the establishment of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) to advance connectivity, improve service quality and increase network stability and resilience, fostering competition and reducing interconnection costs, as proposed by Opinion 1 of WTPF-13 and consistent with PP-14 Resolutions 101 and 102, stakeholders are invited to elaborate and exemplify on the challenges faced and identify widely accepted best practices for the design, installation and operation of IXPs.”

We also kindly invite you to participate in the physical consultation meeting which will be held on 28 September 2015 at the ITU HQ.

The online open consultations is available here.

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World Radiocommunication Conference 2015

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 27 November 2015, immediately after the Radiocommunication Assembly 2015 (RA-15) to be held from 26 to 30 October 2015.

World radiocommunication conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years. It is the job of WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous world radiocommunication conferences.


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Internet of Things (IoT)

Forum on Internet of Things: Empowering the New Urban Agenda

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 October 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) involves the interlinking of networks, devices and data that have thus far never been linked. It is the collective power of these utterly disparate elements that lies at the heart of the power of IoT and the smart city. As the quintessence the next big leap in the IoT evolution will be the coherence of efforts on all levels towards innovation. International standardization through public-private cooperation is therefore more indispensable than ever before to ensure that things, devices and processes speak the same language across multiple environments

IoT Forum

This forum will discuss the role that Internet of Things (IoT) plays in relation to converging technologies for building smart sustainable cities with integrated ecosystems.

This forum will bring together smart city stakeholders, managers and engineers working with IoT applications, service providers planning on delivering IoT solutions, and policy and standards makers. It will assemble IoT experts from industry, government and academia.

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ITU Telecom World 2015

ITU Telecom World 2015, to be held from 12–15 October in Budapest, Hungary, is the global platform to accelerate ICT innovations for social and economic development. It’s where policy makers and regulators meet industry experts, investors, SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators to exhibit solutions, share knowledge and speed change. Our aim is to help ideas go further, faster to make the world better, sooner.

ITU Telecom Wordl 2015 Audience

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ITU Kaleidoscope 2015

Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society is the seventh series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU that bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions of different fields.

Kaleidoscope 2015 (Barcelona, Spain, 9–11 December) will highlight ideas and research that will help ensure the Information Society’s growth in inclusivity and sustainability thanks to its trusted foundations.

More than 100 ICT international experts are currently reviewing the papers proposals submitted to the conference. The notification of paper acceptance will be on 18 September 2015.

This year’s edition will be preceded by the University Consultation Meeting on 8 December.

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ITU Kaleidoscope

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