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August 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Forum 2017

WSIS Forum 2017

Preparatory Process

The WSIS Forum 2017 preparatory process is now underway, kicking off the first phase of the Open Consultation Process on 1 September, the organizers invite all WSIS Stakeholders to contribute to the preparatory process.

  • Phase I: 1 September 2016 - Opening of the Open Consultations Process.
    • Online presentation of the Open Consultation Process: Presentation | Recording
    • Online dialogues on the WSIS Knowledge Communities
    • Official Submissions to the WSIS Secretariat on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format
    • Open call for nominations for WSIS Forum 2017 Multi-stakeholder High-Level Track Facilitators

  • Phase II: 12 October 2016 - First Physical Meeting, 16:30–18:00, ITU Headquarters, Geneva (Remote Participation will be available)

  • Phase III: 14 February 2017 - Second Physical Meeting, ITU Headquarters, Geneva (Remote Participation will be available)

  • Phase IV: 20 February 2017 - Deadline for Submissions of Official Contributions and Binding Requests for Workshops

  • Phase V: 14 March 2017 - Final Review Meeting of the Open Consultation Process, ITU Headquarters, Geneva (Remote Participation will be available)

  • Phase VI: 10 May 2017 - Final Brief on the WSIS Forum 2017, ITU Headquarters, Geneva (Remote Participation will be available)

The WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme is completely crowdsourced. Therefore, as organizers, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, are pleased to announce the Open Consultation Process on thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2017.

The preparatory process aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum, scheduled to be held from 12-16 June 2017 at ITU in Geneva. This process actively engages governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the technical community and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process to ensure broad ownership and further improvements of the Forum. The Open Consultation Process will include a collection of inputs from regional and national WSIS related events. The physical meetings of the Open Consultation Process will benefit from remote participation.

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WSIS Stocktaking Process: Call for New Entries and Regional Reports

WSIS Stocktaking

The New Call for the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2017 is launched!

Call for New Entries: [EN]

Submitted activities will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2017 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2017 (12-16 June 2017). The deadline for submission will be 1 March 2017. We invite all to continue following WSIS Flash and WSIS social media channels, and contribute to WSIS Stocktaking process.

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SDGs are greatly impacted by the ICTs and best practices that provide on-the-ground examples (8,000 activities) have been submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking from around the world carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders. We are pleased to note that the WSIS Stocktaking community now comprises of close to 200,000 stakeholders.

SHARE the news on this key global repository for collecting and reporting on ICT-related projects which implement the WSIS Outcomes and help advance sustainable development goals. Recommend to subscribe to WSIS Flash within your communities or follow WSIS Stocktaking, including WSIS Prizes, activities on our social media channels listed here.

Regional Stocktaking Reports


NEW WSIS Stocktaking product are the Regional Stocktaking Reports (2014-2016), which will be released in September 2016.

WSIS Prizes 2017

WSIS Prizes

New Call for WSIS Prizes 2017 is launched!

Call for submissions: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

The WSIS Community is invited to submit ICT-related projects and initiatives that implement WSIS Outcomes and also help advance SDGs. The WSIS Prizes contest is an integral part of the WSIS stocktaking process and it was first held in 2012. It rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community, including the ICT4SDG community.

All WSIS Stakeholders are encouraged to SUBMIT their project descriptions to the WSIS Prizes contest from 5 September 2016 until 15 February 2017. Check out the timeline for WSIS Prizes 2017:

  • The first phase: Submission phase, 5 September 2016 – 15 February 2017
    (Deadline for last submission: 23:00 CEST)

  • The second phase: Nomination phase, 16 February – 15 March 2017
    Review of submitted projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of nominated projects

  • The third phase: Public Online Voting of Nominated Projects, 16 March – 15 April 2017
    Identification of five projects per category with the highest number of votes (Deadline for last submission: 23:00 CEST)

  • The fourth phase: Selection of Winning Projects by the Expert Group, 16 April – 25 April 2017

  • The fifth phase: Public announcement of winners during WSIS Prize 2017 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2017, and the release of publication “WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2017”, which is a compilation of extended descriptions of the 18 projects and 72 champion projects.

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WSIS Fund in Trust

Responding to the call by UNGA Overall Review, more precisely para 12 that "calls on (..)international organizations, (…) to integrate information and communications technologies into their approaches to implementing the Goals, and request United Nations entities facilitating the World Summit on the Information Society action lines to review their reporting and work plans to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda", UN agencies are working together as UNGIS members with the aim of developing better understanding how ICT and ICT4SDG component is reflected in the strategic and working plans of the UN agencies.

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WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2017

The WSIS Trust Fund was established in 2011 with the adoption of Plenipotentiary Conference Resolution 140. Council Resolution 1332 as modified by ITU Council in May 2016 takes into account the outcomes of the United Nations General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and resolves to maintain the fund to support ITU activities to facilitate the implementation of WSIS outcomes, calls for partnerships and strategic alliances, and invites the ITU Membership to make voluntary contributions to the fund.

Official Letter: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

Partnership Packages: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

Since its creation, information on the WSIS Trust Fund and stakeholder contributions has been reflected this—the dedicated website of the WSIS Fund in Trust. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed towards the Trust Fund to date for their dedication and commitment towards WSIS Implementation, in particular the WSIS Forum. The outcomes of the WSIS Forum 2016 can be found here. Moving towards 2025, and following the multi-stakeholder approach, the WSIS Forum will build upon the outcomes of the WSIS+10 Review and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is encouraged that all ITU membership to make a contribution to the fund for the year 2017, and to invite all stakeholders to partner with the WSIS Forum 2017. We welcome you to explore the available WSIS Forum 2017 Partnership Packages.

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WSIS Regional

Upcoming Events:

UNDESA - UN E-Government Survey 2016

The United Nations E-Government Survey presents a systematic assessment of the use and potential of information and communication technologies to transform the public sector by enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, access to public services and citizen participation in the 193 Member States of the United Nations, and at all levels of development.

E-government database

The United Nations welcomes you to our interactive e-Government Development Database (UNeGovDD). The Database was created by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to provide governments and all members of civil society easy access to this valuable information for research, education and planning purposes. We invite you to use the interactive e-Government Development Database to view, sort, and print information from the UN E-Government Survey , or download copies of the annual (2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014)United Nations E-Government Survey, the primary source of data for the UNeGovDD.

Press release

New York, 29 July 2016 - The United Kingdom, followed by Australia and the Republic of Korea, lead the world in providing government services and information through the Internet, e-government, according to a new survey released today by the United Nations showing the progress of nations in promoting e-government. Read more.


The 2016 E-Government Survey is issued at the moment when countries are launching the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides new evidence and new analysis to reflect on the potential of e-government to support the implementation of the Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are at its core. The 2030 Agenda itself recognized that “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation across areas as diverse as medicine and energy”. View the full publication here.

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ICT Facts and Figures 2016

New data released by ITU show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion users compared with one billion in developed countries. But Internet penetration rates tell a different story, with 81% in developed countries, compared with 40% in developing countries and 15% in the Least Developed Countries.

Mobile network coverage and evolving technologies

Mobile network coverage and evolving technologies

The ICT Facts and Figures 2016 features end-2016 estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed and mobile broadband services, home ICT access, and more. 2016 marks the year when the international community is embarking on the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. ITU data inform public and private-sector decision makers, and help ITU accomplish its mission: to make use of the full potential of ICTs for the achievement of the SDGs.

For the full ICT Facts & Figures 2016 report please visit:

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