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January 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

The WSIS Team would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We look forward to a successful year for all WSIS related activities and events.

The dedication and commitment shown by you during the WSIS Forum 2012 Open Consultation Process displays your enthusiasm not only towards the WSIS Forum 2012 but also the entire WSIS Process. We will now be contacting all of you who have submitted your official request for thematic workshops, country workshops, knowledge exchanges and exhibition stalls.

The WSIS Forum 2012 registration is open and we would like to advise you to please book your accommodation as soon as possible. Those of you who will join us remotely, please note that remote participation is an integral component of the WSIS Forum 2012, we will try our best to ensure that every WSIS Stakeholder can contribute to the WSIS Forum 2012 and that every voice is heard.

Responding proactively to your request of bringing the grassroots stories to the WSIS Forum, we initiated the WSIS Project Prizes (18 categories based on WSIS Action Lines), thereby, creating a platform for community based voting of projects and showcasing of the projects voted as most popular by the WSIS Stakeholders. The winners of the WSIS Project Prizes in all the 18 categories will be provided with an opportunity to “tell their story” during the WSIS Forum 2012. We hope that you will be present onsite or in a remote manner to encourage the winners and to share your stories with us too.

Best wishes

WSIS Forum 2012

We have the pleasure to present a revamped WSIS Forum 2012 website, your comments and feedback have helped us improve the website and make it more user friendly.

Results of the Open Consultation Process: The WSIS Forum 2012 Open Consultation Process received a very good response. The report on WSIS Knowledge Communities is available here.
We have received concrete proposals for thematic workshops, country workshops, knowledge exchanges, and exhibition stalls. A compilation of official submissions received is available here.

Official submissions were received from difference parts of the world, interest from new WSIS Stakeholders is very encouraging.

Final Review Meeting: The final review meeting of the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format of the WSIS Forum 2012 will be held on 15 February from 15:00 to 18:00 hrs. in Room C2, ITU Headquarters, Geneva. Remote Participation will be made available for this meeting.

For more information please visit

We are pleased to announce the partners of WSIS Forum 2012

Strategic Partners

Partners for specific activities

Media Partners

WSIS Stocktaking

More than 5550 entries in the database!
More than 2966 members are part of WSIS Stocktaking Platform. Join us!

WSIS Stocktaking Report 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.

We would like to thank all stakeholders for their contributions to the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2012. The deadline for the submissions was closed on 20th of January 2012.

We encourage you to submit the entries through the online questionnaire.

Please, kindly view below some of the latest entries submitted to the report:

  • Belarus: Strategy for the development of (The information society in the Republic of Belarus for the period up to 2015. View Project
  • Colombia: Computers to Educate. View Project
  • Nigeria: The Freedom of Information Act in 2011. View Project
  • Botswana: National Postal Policy. View Project
  • Bulgaria: National Programme for Prevention and control of Tuberculosis in Bulgaria 2007-2011. View Project
  • Argentina: Automatic Meteorological Stations Network. View Project
  • Malta: The production of audio visual features to be broadcast on national television, internet and disseminated in DVD format to the target audience. View Project
  • Saudi Arabia: e-Transparency Initiative. View Project
  • Mauritius: e-health Plan. View Project
  • Montenegro: Promotion of the Information Society. View Project
  • Iran: ICT Garden. View Project
  • Algeria: Cyber RIF. View Project
  • Sri Lanka: The telecentres in rural Sri Lanka. View Project
  • Tunisia: The distance Training school of Tunisian Post. View Project
  • Gabon: The Gabonese Observatory of Digital Economy. View Project
  • Oman: e.oman digital strategy: a vision for a country transformation to the new area. View Project
  • Georgia: ICT Techno Parks and ICT Business Incubators. View Project
  • Mongolia: UA/US program to support information and communications infrastructure development in rural areas of Mongolia. View Project
  • Jordan: National Broadband Network (NBN). View Project
  • ictQATAR: Qatar’s National ICT Plan 2015. View Project

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

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

Be part of WSIS Project Prizes 2012!

WSIS Project Prizes 2012

  • Phase 1: Submission of project descriptions is extended untill 4th of February 2012.
    More than 150 projects received for the contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2012.
    Those of you, who did not get a chance to submit your activities to the contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2012, please grab the opportunity to submit your projects by 4th of February.
  • Phase 2: Voting Process will start on the 5th of February 2012.

Nominate your project now at

In particular, we encourage you to submit activities relevant to the following categories: C8 Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content and C 9:Media

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

For more information please visit

United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)

The UNGIS Contribution to the Rio+20 preparatory process makes concrete proposals and welcomes the establishment of international sustainable development goals as tools to measure progress towards sustainable development with the aim of promoting access to ICTs and the transformational potential they encompass in achieving equitable, secure and sustainable societies. This important contribution ensures linkage between the principles of the World Summit on the Information Society and the sustainable development process. To read the official UNGIS submission to the UNCSD Secretariat please click here.


For more information on UNGIS related activities please visit

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

As an input to the discussions towards the agenda of the 43rd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission, which is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 28 February to 2 March 2012, the Partnership Measuring Information and Communication Technology for Development has submitted two documents:

  1. Report of the Partnership on Measuring Information and Communication Technology for Development:
  2. Background document to the Report of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development on Information and communication technology statistics:

The report presents progress made on ICT statistics worldwide during the past five years, including the revised and extended core list of ICT indicators developed by the Partnership. It identifies the indicators and countries where most progress has been made as well as the major data gaps. The report also highlights important statistical challenges and proposes a set of actions to be taken to enhance the availability of internationally comparable indicators on ICT by 2015, the agreed date to review progress made on the MDGs and the targets set out by the World Summit on the Information Society. The Commission is requested to express its views on the points for discussion set out in section V of the report.

For more information please visit



e-Agriculture Special Newsletter Issue: Accomplishments of 2011

e-Agriculture recently published a special January newsletter issue, highlighting the Community’s most significant accomplishments during the year 2011.

In 2011, the e-Agriculture Community was driven by the dedicated participation and continuous input of people from all over the world. Community membership increased by 15%, reaching nearly 8,000 members from 160 countries. This makes e-Agriculture the largest network engaged in knowledge sharing and discussion of key topics on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for agricultural and rural development.


These important milestones have been achieved thanks to all members and their active participation. Together we work better! Together people and ICTs will drive agriculture and rural development forward.

For more information on the E-Agriculture Newsletter please visit

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

Connect Arab Summit


With the deployment of information and communication technologies (ICT) networks and services, the right to communicate is gaining ground day by day and becoming a reality. However, it must be complemented by the opportunity to be educated and employable, the opportunity to access the job market and/or to create one’s own enterprise, the opportunity to contribute to the development the economy and wealth of the region, and to receive its associated fruits. ICTs are the driver allowing such opportunities to become reality. Proper ICT infrastructures, services and applications are also a “must-have” to succeed in today’s globalized economy. ICTs are the underlying enabler for socio-economic development.

The purpose of the Connect Arab Summit is to mobilize resources and engage all stake-holders to achieve these goals: BUILD the Arab Region ICT Highway; INNOVATE and open the market to local entrepreneurs, in particular the Youth; EMPOWER all citizens of the Arab Region, through education, knowledge, and access to information.

For more information please visit

Action Line C5: Joint ITU - UNODC - UNITAR High Level Panel on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
Date: 31 Jan 2012 , Geneva Switzerland

Cyber Security

In cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized a High Level Panel on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime. The topic was of great relevance, since these rapidly emerging threats are raising serious concerns, and are becoming increasingly important for diplomats and decision makers in contemporary government and policy making.

Through this high-level dialogue, participants had the opportunity to discuss the emerging threats, definitions and forms of governance crucial to Cybersecurity and cyber threats, shared their thoughts and experiences, and increased their awareness of possible strategies and future frameworks for security and risk mitigation through cooperation.

For more information please visit

Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

Multi-dimensional Challenges Facing Digital Youth and their Consequences
executive summary
Submitted by e Worldwide Group

ITAN WSIS Report 2012 Mobile Africa Report 2011
Submitted by Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria

ICC BASIS input to WSIS stocktaking 2012
Submitted by International Chamber of Commerce

Nigeria Country Contribution to WSIS Stocktaking 2012
Submitted by Ministry of Communication Technology

Study on safe habits in the use of smartphones by Spanish children and adolescents
Submitted by National Institute of Communication

Roadmap to Transform Education System to Increase Access
Submitted by e Worldwide Group

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Global Events Calendar

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From Our Partners

"Freedom of opinion and freedom of expression are cardinal both to Civil Society and 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

ITU NEWS - Latest Issue

Video Volunteers Announces 'IndiaUnheard' - The World's First Community News Service: Making Change By Bringing Untold Stories from the Farthest Villages of India to Impact a Global Audience.

A network of people from slums and villages in India who have been trained to make video news reports on corruption, human rights, health, sanitation and other issues, IndiaUnheard is making an impact in these villages and across the globe. "Community Correspondents report on human rights violations they live through, and this gives their videos new perspective and power." The work has inspired thousands of poor people to organize and take actions.

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