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December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

The WSIS Team would like to thank you for all your commitment and dedication towards the WSIS Process. We thank you for your untiring support to us and in helping us build our WSIS dream together – turning targets into action.

We hope that we met your expectations and will return in full spirits and renewed energy in 2012! This year was a good year for the WSIS Process; we held a successful WSIS Forum in May 2011 and issued the WSIS Forum 2011 Outcome Document that provides a good starting point for documenting all WSIS Forums Outcomes in an attempt to make WSIS Forums more Outcome oriented. We hope to receive your inputs on the thematic aspects for WSIS Forum 2012 at wsis-info@itu.int . WSIS Stocktaking database received several new entries and encouraged by your inputs we initiated the WSIS Project Prizes; we hope that all of you will nominate and vote for the Project Prizes 2012.

One of the most important WSIS Process related issues this year was the UNGIS Open Consultations on the WSIS Review (WSIS+10). This Open Consultation process was proof to the desire of the WSIS Stakeholders to achieve the WSIS Goals. The result of the Open Consultation process was a draft Plan of Action that includes a meeting in 2013 in Paris, organized by UNESCO and a High- Level meeting organized by the ITU in 2014.

WSIS Greetings

We wish you a very Happy New Year and have designed a very special greeting card to express our appreciation to all of you!

With best wishes
WSIS Team

WSIS Forum 2012

WSIS Forum 2012 Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format

Please submit your official contributions to the WSIS Forum 2012 Open Consultation on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format by 20th January 2012. Submit your contributions here

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1st Physical Meeting of the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format Venue: Room No A, ITU Headquarters, Geneva Date: 30 November 2011, 14:30

Background : The Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format of the WSIS Forum 2012 is divided into 6 phases and the meeting marked the 2nd Phase of the process. The consultation process is very important as submissions made during these consultations at the preparatory stages will provide a framework for the agenda, speakers and innovative format of the forum. This will have a direct impact on the outcome and success of the Forum 2012.

Purpose: We are mid-way in the open consultation process and the purpose of this meeting was:

  • To encourage all Action line focal points to present their expectations and anticipated plans for the WSIS Forum 2012
  • To encourage Governments, Civil Society and Private Sector Partners to submit their official submissions and plans for the WSIS Forum 2012

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 Outcome:
 • Onsite Participants: 62
 • Remote Participants: 36 (registered, there were several unregistered remote participants following us)

Action line Facilitators provided their initial plans and comments on their expectations of WSIS Forum 2012

To read highlights and contributions from the floor please visit: http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2012/OpenConsultationProcess/FirstPhysicalMeeting.aspx

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WSIS Stocktaking

More than 5285 entries in the database
More than 2801 members are part of WSIS Stocktaking Platform. Join us!

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

Stocktaking Report

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.

To download the WSIS Stocktaking questionnaire, please click here
We encourage you to submit the entries through the online questionnaire.

Please find below some of the latest projects:

  • Azerbaijan: Bestcomp Group, Computer for each family (Project 1323780170)
  • Oman: Information Technology Authority, Winners announced for the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment 2011(Project 1323762840)
  • Sudan: National Information Center Public, Key Infrastructure(Project 1323159820)
  • Sierra Leone: B-Gifted Foundation of Sierra Leone(Project 1321542280)
  • Pakistan: Ministry of Information, Health Management Information System.(Project 1321980117)
  • Jordan: Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT), Jordan National Broadband Network (NBN)(Project 1321345907)
  • Ethiopia: UNECA African Convention on Cybersecurity (Project 1322729824)
  • Russian Federation: Institute of the Information Society Development of concept for the city target program "E-Moscow (2011-2013)"(Project 1323437006)

The WSIS Stocktaking online platform provides all stakeholders with an opportunity to showcase their success stories, search for partners and funding opportunities, exchange experiences and network amongst each other. In addition, all stakeholders can benefit from the Global Events Calendar, Global Repository, WSIS Lab, Online Forums and Blogs by using the Web 2.0 WSIS Stocktaking online platform www.wsis.org/stocktaking

Online forum: Discussion on the Micro- Volunteering Social Network, at http://bit.ly/rphnZE We encourage you to provide the input!

The embeddable interface of WSIS Stocktaking is also possible to find on the e-agriculture platform and UNDESA website.

If you would like to have the embeddable interface on your website, please kindly send us the request to wsis-stocktaking@itu.int

Be part of WSIS Project Prizes 2012!

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Phase 1: Submission of project descriptions

Deadline: 20 January 2012

Online Submission Form

 

Nominate your project now at

www.wsis.org/stocktaking/prizes



Detailed information about the contest of WSIS project Prizes 2012 is presented here.  


United Nations Group on the Information Society

Open Consultation on the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS +10)

The UNGIS prepared a report on the basis of an open consultation process on the overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (WSIS +10).

It documents, firstly, contributions by WSIS stakeholders on the possible process leading to the WSIS review at the UN General Assembly in 2015. The full contributions of all WSIS Stakeholders including governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental organizations, which were submitted during the series of physical and online consultations from 20 May to 5 September 2011, are annexed to this report. Secondly, based on these consultations, this report includes a Draft Plan of Action on the overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (WSIS +10). Several versions of the Draft Plan of Action were developed, published and discussed at one physical meeting and also online, from 19. September until 5. October 2011, with the invitation to all stakeholders to contribute.

  • Results of the Open Consultation Process
  • Annexes
    This document consists of a list of six Annexes containing information on the Open Consultation process on the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS +10)
  • Annexure I: Phase One : First Physical Meeting during the WSIS Forum 2011
  • Annexure II: Phase Two: Online Consultation: www.wsis-community.org
  • Annexure III: Phase Three: Official Submissions to the UNGIS Process: www.ungis.org
  • Annexure IV: Draft Plan of Action (Building on the Interim Results
  • Annexure V: Draft Plan of Action (Additional comments received during the 2nd Physical Meeting)
  • Annexure VI: Additional Comments Received from 20th September to 30th September 2011

For more information please visit www.ungis.org

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

WTIIMOn the first day of the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunications/ICT Indicators Meeting in Port Louis, Mauritius, it was announced that the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is expanding with a new member: the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposals.

“The Secretariat of the Basel Convention will bring to the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development its expertise and experience with e-waste issues on global level, its network of national and international institutions, academics, industry and civil society” commented Mr Matthias Kern, who will be representing the Basel Convention Secretariat in the Partnership.

For more information please visit www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/partnership

e-Agriculture

ITU Green Standards Week

From 5-16 December, join the World Bank, USAID, Reuters Market Light and Catholic Relief Services in a discussion about the role of ICT in strengthening agricultural markets.

Description:

The World Bank and the e-Agriculture Community are collaborating in a series of online forums to further develop resources for the recently launched “ICT in Agriculture” Sourcebook (www.ictinagriculture.org). These discussion forums, available to all e-Agriculture community members, will be vehicles to inform the World Bank of other projects/programmes that e-Agriculture members are carrying out and that could complement the research of the World Bank.

The ICT in Agriculture Sourcebook offers practical examples and case studies from around the world. A compilation of modules related to 14 agricultural subsectors, each module covers the challenges, lessons learned, and enabling factors associated with using ICT to improve smallholder livelihoods. Its aim is to support development practitioners in exploring the use of or designing, implementing, and investing in ICT enabled agriculture interventions.

FIRST FORUM STARTING 5 DECEMBER 2011

The first of these forums will look at Strengthening Agricultural Marketing with ICT.

Sourcebook module 9 begins with an overview of the need for and impact of ICTs in agricultural marketing, especially from the perspectives of producers, consumers, and traders. Specifically, the forum will look at mobile phones as a marketing tool; evidence that ICT is changing logistics and transaction costs; the use of ICTs for market research (both for acquiring immediate market information and acquiring market intelligence over time); and the use of ICTs to make input supply and use more effective. http://t.co/GzIXTZQD

Rio +20 (Submitted by UNDESA)

ITU Green Standards Week

The forthcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-6 June 2012.

It may not seem apparent, yet the Rio+20 objective and themes do provide ample opportunities for synergies with the WSIS outcomes and for featuring the role of ICTs as powerful tools for accelerating progress towards the attainment of sustainable development.

The UN system, under the umbrella of the UN Group on Information Society (UNGIS) is expected to contribute a substantive input into the compilation document that will inform the Second Intersessional meeting scheduled for 15-16 December 2011. The various input paired with the Intersessional discussions will form the basis for the drafting of the zero outcome, that will be negotiated from January onwards. (http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=12&nr=238&menu=32). Individual organizations are also expected to provide their own input, where the issue of ICT could be featured as appropriate.

The United Nations E-Government Survey 2012 on E-Government for Sustainable Development will pay homage to Rio+20 by stressing the importance of information and communications technology to good governance and public service at the national level. It will illuminate concrete ways in which e-government contributes to the objective of achieving environmental sustainability alongside sustained economic growth and social inclusion. Drawing on comprehensive primary data compiled by the Division of Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the survey will report on the use of e-government to promote transparent, accountable and clean government, enhance coordination of government operations for better service delivery, promote environmental awareness among citizens, and encourage the broadest public participation in sustainable development with particular attention to the inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Development issues have been central to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).The sixth meeting of the IGF was held in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2011 and focused on the Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation. As it was underlined in the opening statement of Mr. Sha Zukang, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, the continued growth of the Internet, across all technology platforms, has reinforced the need for open policy dialogue. The development themes of the IGF were of critical importance and opened the opportunity for the IGF to contribute to and shape the development of the Rio+20 process for sustainable development. To see the full article, please, click here.

Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

Broadband Commission Report: A platform To Progress, executive summary

Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a Map

WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2011

Study on safe habits in the use of smartphones by Spanish children and adolescents

Measuring the Information Society 2011

Making Television Accessible

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Global Events Calendar

Upcoming events:

World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12),23 January - 17 February 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

Connect Arab Summit, 5-7 March 2012, Doha, Qatar

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