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January 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Forum 2016

WSIS Forum

Open Consultation Process

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 are pleased to announce herewith the Open Consultation Process on thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2016. The process aims at ensuring the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum 2015, scheduled to be held from 2-6 May 2016 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva. This process actively engages governments, civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process and ensures broad ownership and a constant evolution of this Forum.

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

The Open Consultation Process is structured in five phases as follows:

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.

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. The Agenda and Program of the WSIS Forum will be built on the basis of the official submissions received during the Open Consultation Process.

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WSIS Prizes 2016

WSIS Prizes

SUBMIT Your Projects
by 31 January 2016.

Responding to the requests of several stakeholders, the deadline for submitting your projects for the WSIS Prizes 2016 contest has been extended until 31 January 2016 (non-extendable).

The WSIS Prizes 2016 contest is organized into five phases:

  • Phase I: 13 October – 31 January 2016
    Submission phase (Deadline for last submission: 23:00 Geneva time).

  • Phase II: 1 February – 5 February 2016
    Nomination Phase. Revision of submitted projects by Expert Group that will result with a list of nominated projects.

  • Phase III: 6 February 2016 – 10 March 2016
    Public Online Voting. Identification of three projects per category with the highest number of votes. (Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 Geneva time)

  • Phase IV: 14 March – 18 March 2016
    Selection of winning projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of winning projects.

  • Phase V: 2 May – 6 May 2016
    Announcement of winners to the public during WSIS Prize 2016 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2016, and the release of publication “WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2016”, which is a compilation of extended descriptions of the 18 winning projects.

We would like to thank all stakeholders who have already submitted their projects to the WSIS Prizes 2016, and we invite them to follow the results of the Nomination Phase and share links to their success stories within their networks. All nominated projects will be available for the online voting on 6 February 2016.

While continuing to highlight progress made towards achieving the WSIS goals, WSIS Prizes 2016 will start reflecting to which of the newly proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the submitted projects mostly linked to. ICTs are enablers for sustainable development, and reporting on ICT success stories to best showcase the possible achievement of SDGs, through the implementation of WSIS Action Lines related projects, is the new objective of WSIS Stocktaking process, including WSIS Prizes.

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WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking

The call for update and new entries 2015-2016 was launched. All Stakeholders are invited to submit entries online. Entries submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Database will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2016. We look forward to receiving your responses to this call by 1 March 2016.

Following the presentation of the WSIS Action Lines – SDGs Matrix at the WSIS Forum 2015, which has received large appreciation by all the WSIS community, proposing to better explain the potential of ICTs as enablers for sustainable development, by investing the third dimension of the issue: that of reporting ICT success stories to best showcase the possible achievement of SDGs, through the implementation of WSIS Action Lines related projects, Booklet on Advancing Sustainable Development Through Information and Communication Technologies: WSIS Action Lines Enabling SDGs, was produced. All relevant material on WSIS Stocktaking and Sustainable Development is available at

WSIS Stocktaking Publications 2015

We would like to inform all WSIS Stakeholders that the WSIS Stocktaking Publications, the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2015 and WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015; and the Booklet on Advancing Sustainable Development Through Information and Communication Technologies: WSIS Action Lines Enabling SDGs, are available online for download from the  ITU Bookshop.

WSIS Fund in Trust — Call for Contributions 2016

WF16 Partnership

Since its creation, stakeholders have valued, supported, and contributed generously to the WSIS Fund in Trust and have been reflected on this—the dedicated website of the WSIS Fund in Trust.

The WSIS Trust Fund offers the opportunity to all Member States, Sector Members and Associates to make voluntary contributions to a special trust fund set up by ITU to support activities related to the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.

It is our pleasure to announce that the United Arab Emirates have joined WSIS Forum 2016 as the Platinum Strategic Partner.

2016 Partners

We would also like to announce the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Poland, ICANN, and IFIP as WSIS Forum 2016 Partners.

We would like to encourage all WSIS stakeholders to make a contribution for the year 2016. Your financial contribution will help accelerate the implementation of the WSIS-related activities undertaken by WSIS. In this regard, with the goal to evolve and adapt to the future needs of the Information and Knowledge Societies and WSIS process beyond 2015, we would like to invite all stakeholders to partner with the WSIS Forum 2016.

Call for WSIS Forum 2016 Partnership Opportunities is available on WSIS Fund Trust website and Official Calls in all 6 UN languages are listed, including the Opportunity Packages (see links below for ease of reference). Please note that additional partnership offers and customized packages are available upon request. For more information contact us:

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

WSIS Forum 2016 Partnership Packages: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

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Child Online Protection

Invitation to participate and submit contributions to three online consultations on Child Online Protection

Firstly, following the last meeting of the Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (CWG-COP) which was held on 30 September 2015 at ITU HQ, Geneva (Outcome Report) and the discussion held in relation to the IRights contribution, you are kindly invited to participate in the online consultation on IRights.

Secondly, as requested in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 179, the Group conducts online consultations for youth, prior to its meetings. You are further encouraged to suggest topics for the next online consultation to be held in 2016. Comments and feedback can be submitted through the online consultation here, or sent to Ms. Carla Licciardello at

Finally, as indicated in the Outcome Report of the last meeting of CWG-COP, we look forward to receiving your written contribution on the COP Framework which aims at setting global goals and targets on Child Online Protection at

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ICTs for a Sustainable World


ITU has recently launched a microsite and social media outreach campaign using the tag #ICT4SDG which now also includes a Tumblr to raise greater awareness around how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be enablers and drivers for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sharing stories of how ICTs improve lives is a great opportunity to boost visibility among ITU’s 20,000+ government, private sector, and academic members – as well as a much broader audience of top ICT and international development leaders around the world.

We encourage you to use this platform and, by identifying and showcasing your projects, empower communities at the local level and connect local ICT innovators to donors, investors, and policymakers who can support promising projects.

ITU will be actively promoting your stories at WSIS+10 in December and the most popular ones will be published and promoted via the ITU’s main website and digital channels and the most popular post will receive a prize (to be announced) at the WSIS Forum in May 2016.

Please submit your case studies, stories, photos, videos, podcasts or other communications media to our Tumblr Blog at and please share this opportunity with your network and with the ICT4D community in your region.

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