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July - August 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

Continuing our online and offline dialogues, since the WSIS Forum 2013, on the WSIS Review Process and the future of the WSIS Process beyond 2015 several crucial questions arise. In building the vision of the WSIS Process beyond 2015: in the past ten years, what are the main achievements in the area of the information society, in particular in the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines; what are the key challenges that need to be addressed in the next 10 years; and what is the key role that ICTs can play in the post 2015 Development Agenda?

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event, an extended version of the WSIS Forum (13-17 April 2014, Sharm el-Sheikh), will address these questions and also assess progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes related to the WSIS Action Lines under mandates of the participating agencies, while providing a platform for multistakeholder coordination of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, with involvement and participation of all WSIS action line facilitators, other UN agencies and all WSIS stakeholders.

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will review the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) related to the Action Lines with a view to developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially also exploring new targets. The meeting will be organized taking into account decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

The preparatory process will comprise of an Open Consultation Process consisting of six phases, including three physical meetings and online consultations. This open and inclusive open consultation process will result in:

We look forward to your active participation in the open consultation process.

Best Regards,

WSIS+10 High-Level Event

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will be held from 13 to 17 April 2014 in Sharm el-Sheikh. This event will be an extended version of the WSIS Forum. It is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years based on reports of WSIS Stakeholders, including those submitted by countries, Action Line Facilitators and other stakeholders.

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will review the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) related to the WSIS Action Lines with the view of developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially including new targets. This process will take into account the decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

WSIS+10 High-Level Event

Invitation Letter: Invitation to Contribute to the Open Consultation Process

The preparatory process is an open and inclusive consultation among WSIS Stakeholders (governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations and relevant regional organizations) focused on: developing multistakeholder consensus on two draft Outcome Documents, to be developed during the open consultation process by 1 March 2014 and submitted for consideration by the WSIS+10 High-Level Event; the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the Event. The Open Consultation Process for the WSIS+10 High-Level Event is structured in six phases as follows:

WSIS Stocktaking

New call for update and new entries. Contribute to the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2014.

During the WSIS process in 2004, stakeholders expressed their view that the public stocktaking database of WSIS-related implementation activities (, structured according to the 11 WSIS Action Lines (Geneva Plan of Action), should be further maintained under the stewardship of ITU (see Tunis Agenda, § 120).

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 experience of projects by replicating successful models. In this context, WSIS Stocktaking process provides a portal of best practices for stakeholders seeking updated information on the progress of implementation of WSIS outcomes (see Geneva Plan of Action, §28.e)

ECOSOC Resolution 2012 on “Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society” encourages all WSIS stakeholders to continue to contribute information to the WSIS Stocktaking database. The results of the previous call for update and new entries were presented in the fifth edition of the Report on WSIS Stocktaking reflecting more than 700 WSIS-related activities for the period May 2012-May 2013.

The sixth edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report is the continuation of the WSIS Stocktaking Report series and will be prepared for WSIS+10 High-Level Event and Forum 2014 as the background document.

The WSIS Stocktaking Report 2014 will also be shared with ITU-D study Groups in the elaboration of Output Reports and will be submitted as the contribution to the 17th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

In 2013, the new application for the database was introduced with additional features that allow stakeholders to use the database in a more efficient way. The users are able to access their account of projects/activities where they could track all recorded data and update/edit their existing WSIS related activities at any time.

We look forward to receiving your responses and any other associated documentation by 1st December 2013. Don’t miss the opportunity to provide your input to the 6th edition of the WSIS Stocktaking report

Official documentation and questionnaire is available at

WSIS Forum 2013

WSIS Forum 2013 was held from the 13-17 May 2013 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. This year the Forum attracted more than 1800 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries. Several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community graced the Forum with more than 60 ministers and deputies, several ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributing passionately towards the programme of the Forum. On–site participation increased tremendously during the WSIS Forum 2013. Several remote participants joined the forum through remote participation facilities.

WSIS Forum 2013 Outcome Document

More than 150 sessions were held during the WSIS Forum 2013 in the form of high level dialogues, thematic and country workshops, showcasing theatres, ministerial round table, WSIS+10 Visioning Track, World Café style workshops, interactive sessions and action line facilitating sessions. This provided a vibrant atmosphere for facilitation and exchange on a multistakeholder vision of the WSIS Process. An exhibition space provided the perfect atmosphere to network, learn and share.

wsis forum 2013 outcome document

The commitment and dedication of the WSIS Stakeholders was evident from the outcomes submitted by the session organizers. The outcomes of the WSIS Forum 2013 will be submitted to the Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD), the UN General Assembly and ITU Council.

The outcomes of the sessions are available here.

Identifying Emerging Trends and a Vision Beyond 2015 booklet

Since 2009, the WSIS forum has proven to be a unique platform for multistakeholder brainstorming and consensus on emerging trends in the area of Information Society. This booklet captures emerging trends in the 11 WSIS Action lines, both in terms of policy and technology, discussed by stakeholders during WSIS Forum 2013. The trends identified during the Forum, provide the WSIS Community with guidance and a vision for the way beyond 2015, WSIS+10, related activities.

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 • Identifying Emerging Trends and a Vision Beyond 2015 booklet

Statement on the WSIS+10 Visioning and WSIS+10 Visioning Challenge document

The annual gathering of WSIS Stakeholders at the WSIS Forum, co-organised by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, provided the perfect opportunity for multistakeholder visioning and discussion on the WSIS process including the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10). The presence of so many leaders here in Geneva, including over 50 ministers, was a sign, both of stakeholders’ commitment to the WSIS Process and of the important role ICTs will continue to play in tomorrow’s development agenda. During the Forum a Statement on WSIS+10  Visioning was released

WSIS+10 related sessions formed the WSIS+10 Visioning Track that was organized in accordance to the Plan of Action developed within the framework of the United Nations on the Information Society (UNGIS) Open Consultation Process on WSIS+10 (2011-2012,

WSIS+10 Visioning Challenge Document

 • Statement on the WSIS+10 Visioning
 • WSIS+10 Visioning Challenge Document

For further information please visit the Forum Website

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is actively involved in the WSIS+10 review process and has taken the lead role in monitoring progress towards the achievements of the WSIS Targets. The Partnership is preparing a final quantitative assessment report, which will analyze and discuss the achievements made on each one of the ten WSIS targets. The report will be based on available data for the 49 indicators identified in the Partnership’s 2011 Measuring the WSIS Targets: a statistical framework document. The report will be launched at the WSIS+10 high-level meeting on the overall review of the WSIS, to take place in April 2014. In July 2013, the Partnership, through the UN Regional Commissions, the OECD and UNCTAD, will send out the WSIS Targets questionnaire to WSIS focal points in all countries to collect data for the indicators identified to track the WSIS Targets. The results of this questionnaire will be used as an input to the final 2014 WSIS assessment report and all countries are encouraged to respond to this questionnaire. This survey will be the last opportunity to contribute data to the final assessment report.

For more information, and to access the WSIS Targets questionnaire please visit

United Nations Group on the Information Society

UNGIS Joint Statement: A collective contribution by 30 UN Agencies (UNGIS Members) to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

In keeping with its mandate to promote policy coherence and programme coordination in the UN system, as well as provide guidance on issues related to information and communications technologies (ICTs) in support of internationally agreed development goals, the 30 members of the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) will respectfully submit a joint statement to the UN Secretary General and the UN Task Team. The statement is a collective contribution to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a unified effort to harness inter-agency expertise and experience to support deliberations on Post-2015 priorities, and a united commitment to a UN community poised to address development challenges in the 21st century.

UNGIS Joint Statement

For information on UNGIS please visit

ITU Telecom World 2013, Bangkok 19-22 November

Join the conversation in 2013

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A revolution is underway in the ICT sector. The shift to IP-based services is shaking the foundations of communication systems as we know them. We need to understand this change, work out how to grow with it and benefit from it.

ITU Telecom World 2013 will explore the theme of Embracing change in a digital world. We invite you to be part of this conversation. Through interactive panel debates, workshops and showfloor sessions we will focus on five major areas of change: changing user behaviour; shifting industry dynamics; Internet of Things and M2M; new technologies; new standardization and regulatory approaches.

For more information, please visit

#BYND2015 Global Youth Summit

Inspiring young people to ensure a better future for everyone

#BYND2015 Global Youth Summit intends to address the concerns of young people and provide creative solutions through the use of ICTs. The ITU, who are committed to connecting the world, are doing just that by using an innovative crowd-sourcing platform that will enable all young people from across the world to share their views and actively participate in shaping the policies that will affect their futures. The key crowd-sourced findings will culminate in an unprecedented statement that will be handed to World Leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York by Laura Chinchilla, the President of Costa Rica.

The Child Online Protection Initiative at ITU is organizing a session on child online safety at the Global Youth Summit in partnership with UNICEF and The Walt Disney Company. The Be Smart, Be Safe session will help young people become informed users of the Internet and encourage them to share with their peers best practices and recommendations for staying smart and safe online. Young participants will have an opportunity to design their own global awareness campaign on online safety and compete in a video competition to be launched at the Summit.

Video: #BYND2015: Crowdsourcing a message to global leaders

Broadband Commission

Planning for progress: Why national broadband plans matter - a contribution to the work of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development

This new ITU and Cisco report finds that there has been strong recent growth in broadband plans, with some 134 policies in force by mid - 2013. Plans may take different forms and vary in targets, however share a common emphasis on the vital role of broadband in underpinning national competitiveness, and extending national footprint of broadband networks and usage of broadband-enabled services and applications. Research conducted for this report suggests that the introduction or adoption of a broadband plan is associated with 2.5% higher fixed broadband penetration, and 7.4% higher mobile broadband penetration on average. This result is consistent with a National Broadband Plan focusing efforts across industry in coordination with policy-makers, emphasizing the role of broadband as a national priority, and signaling national commitment to the roll-out of broadband.

To access report, please visit

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For more information, please visit

Child Online Protection (COP)

Inauguration Ceremony of H.E. Dr. Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady of Nigeria as ITU’s Child Online Protection Champion

On Monday 22 July 2013, ITU will host an inauguration ceremony of H.E. Dr. Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, First Lady of Nigeria, as its Child Online Protection (COP) Champion. A progressive leader and renowned humanitarian, the First Lady of Nigeria has worked extensively to empower children and women in Nigeria. With the support of the First Lady as ITU’s COP Champion, the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be taking more extensive steps to build a safer online environment for children and young people. ITU is looking forward to collaborating closely with the First Lady and her country to promote child online safety.

H.E. Dr. Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan

In addition, ITU and the Federal Republic of Nigeria have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Regional Cybersecurity Centre for Africa in Nigeria. This Regional Centre will facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration on combatting cyber threats at the regional and national levels—with an emphasis on activities related to child online protection.

ITU Partners with IWF in its Mission to Achieve Child Online Safety

In collaboration with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), ITU created a template for countries to assess online child sexual abuse content and propose mechanisms for its elimination. To test the efficacy of the template and approach, IWF has run a pilot programme in Uganda earlier in June. For more information, visit ITU’s Child Online Protection website.

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ITU and UNICEF Engage Industry Partners to Protect Children Online


ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) initiative is working closely with UNICEF and industry partners to strengthen industry participation in advancing children’s rights online. Together with UNICEF and partners, ITU is currently updating its Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection, whose aim is to provide a common framework for all sectors of the industry in working towards a safer cyber world for children. Also, new industry partners have joined the COP initiative recently: The Walt Disney Company, for example, is one of the partners taking the lead on designing and delivering training for young people on online safety at the Global Youth Summit: BYND2015. Read our article on the ITU blog to learn more about ITU’s work with UNICEF and industry partners.

WSIS+10 High-Level Event

Open Consultation Process

Invitation Letter: Invitation to Contribute

Phase One

 • Official Submission Form #1 on the Outcome Documents of the WSIS+10 High-Level Event

 • Official Submission Form #2 on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format

WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2012-2013

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Global Events Calendar

Africa Child Online Protection (ACOP) Summit

26-28 June 2013, Kampala, Uganda


From February 5th to February 7th 2014, the Child Online Protection initiative at ITU, in partnership with African Child Online Protection (ACOP), will organize the African Child Online Protection Summit in Uganda. In response to increasing access to information and communication technologies in Africa, the Summit will bring together key stakeholders and experts—both local, regional, and international—to discuss policies, strategies, and practices for ensuring child online safety in Africa. For more information, please visit the event page for the Summit.

Transform Africa

28-31 October 2013, Kigali, Rwanda

Africa's Future Delivered, Today

The Transform Africa Summit will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 28 to 31st October 2013.

Transform Africa is open to participants from around the world and is expected to attract over 1000 local, regional and international governments, innovators, companies, thought leaders and academia.

More Information


Global Repository

More than 109 WSIS related publications!

Recently submitted publications:

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2013

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WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2013

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WSIS Forum 2013 Outcome Document

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WSIS+10 Visioning Challenge Document

WSIS+10 Visioning Challenge Document

National Case Study for Costa Rica on Child Online Protection

Costa Rica COP Case Study

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