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July 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

UNGIS: United Nations Group on the Information Society


UNGIS welcomes the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs Matrix

At its annual gathering at the WSIS Forum 2015, the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) welcomed a new tool developed by a number of United Nations agencies to map how information and communications technologies (ICTs) may contribute to the implementation of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The mapping exercise describes the interfaces between the Action Lines adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with the proposed SDGs. The matrix was developed by the various facilitators of the Action Lines, under their respective mandates, with the aim of identifying where the potential for ICTs to promote and realize the development goals is the greatest.

ICTs are growth facilitators and will be essential tool towards achieving sustainable development in the world. During the WSIS outcomes overall review, stakeholders have indicated the necessity of increased interaction between the ongoing dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the WSIS implementation process, ensuring that efforts across the UN System are coherent and coordinated to achieve maximum impact. United Nations General Assembly, to be held in September 2015 in New York, will be launching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), built on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review process.

UNGIS encourages all WSIS Stakeholders to review the Matrix and provide feedback so that it can be finalized immediately after the SDGs have been formally adopted by Member States in September 2015.

Comments on the Matrix should be sent to before 31 July 2015.

For more practical information on how ICTs are advancing development, including sustainable development, and what is the linkage between WSIS Action Lines and the proposed SDGs, please explore examples from the field in the newly developed the Zero Draft Booklet Advancing Sustainable Development Through Information and Communication Technologies: WSIS Action Lines Enabling SDGs.

WSIS Forum 2015

The WSIS Forum 2015 was held from the 25–29 May 2015 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 and remote participation increased tremendously during the WSIS Forum 2015.

WSIS Forum 2015

The WSIS Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/Co-Facilitators (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, UN, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions) has proven to be an efficient mechanism for coordination of multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals. This forum provided structured opportunities to network, learn and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation.

Outcomes of WSIS Forum 2015

High-Level Policy Statements

Forum Track Outcome Document

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2015

WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015

This year’s WSIS Forum programme was strengthened thanks to the strategic partnership and contribution of the United Arab Emirates (platinum partner), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (gold partner) and Intel Corporation (gold partner). The Forum has also benefited from contributions by partners including Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, and Contributing Partners Poland, Rwanda, ICANN, the Internet Society, and the International Federation for Information Processing.

WSIS Fund in Trust

Visit the Media & Outreach page to view all the photos, video highlights and interviews with key participants from this year's Forum; as well as to explore the WSIS Process news and social media channels where you can keep up-to-date on the latest WSIS related news and developments, and join other stakeholders to continue discussions on WSIS implementation online.

ITU and the co-organizers thank all WSIS Stakeholders for their commitment and dedication. We look forward to welcoming all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2016!

WSIS Prizes 2015

WSIS Prizes 2015

On the occasion of the WSIS Forum 2015, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao has announced the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes 2015 at the WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which was held at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.

In line with the inclusive, multistakeholder character of the WSIS event, the prizes recognize the outstanding achievements of a wide range of organizations in strengthening implementation of the vision and targets set by the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 (Phase 1) and 2005 (Phase 2).

“The WSIS Project Prizes provide an international platform to identify and showcase the successful initiatives and best practices that could be easily replicated by other countries and organizations, to further drive momentum around ICTs as a catalyst for socio-economic development,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

This year’s WSIS Project Prize winners include government departments, international organizations, private sector companies, NGOs and academia. More than 300 projects were nominated for the 2015 contest, more than twice the number of nominations in 2014, reflecting the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies.

The awards are conferred through online voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders from around the world.

This year’s 18 winners are:

Action Line C1 The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Winner: Young Innovations, Nepal.

Action Line C2 Information and communication infrastructure
Winner: Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mexico.

Action Line C3 Access to information and knowledge
Winner: Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh.

Action Line C4 Capacity building
Winner: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates.

Action Line C5 Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy.

Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Winner: Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan.

Action Line C7 E-government
Winner: Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia.

Action Line C7 E-business
Winner: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Uruguay.

Action Line C7 E-learning
Winner: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India.

Action Line C7 E-health
Winner: FHI 360, United States of America.

Action Line C7 E-employment
Winner: Ministry of Manpower, Oman.

Action Line C7 E-environment
Winner: Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait.

Action Line C7 E-agriculture
Winner: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands.

Action Line C7 E-science
Winner: Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran.

Action Line C8 Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity
Winner: South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria.

Action Line C9 Media
Winner: Radio Farm International, Canada.

Action Line C10 Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Winner: Rwanda Media Commission, Rwanda.

Action Line C11 International & regional cooperation
Winner: Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean.

Detailed descriptions of winning projects are available in the recently published ITU booklet WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015.

For additional information please visit the dedicated WSIS Prizes website.

WSIS Project Prizes is an international contest developed in response to requests from WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs. The WSIS Project Prizes contest is an integral part of the WSIS stocktaking process ( The contest was held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community.

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The 13th ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) will take place in Hiroshima, Japan, from 30 November to 2 December 2015. The WTIS-2015 is organized by the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and will be hosted by the Government of Japan. WTIS serves as an international forum to discuss international ICT policy and measurement topics. It brings together ICT ministers, heads of national telecom/ICT regulatory authorities and national statistical offices, heads of international organizations, chief executive officers of private sector companies, and statistical experts from around the world.


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Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes by UNGA

WSIS+10 UNGA High-Level Meeting

Written Submissions

Member states and observer states and all relevant stakeholders are invited provide inputs on the desired elements and content of a “non-paper” that will be released at the end of August 2015 and eventually developed into the final outcome document to be adopted in December 2015. The non-paper will capture stakeholder perspectives on progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, and on potential information and communications technology gaps and areas for continued focus, as well as challenges, including bridging the digital divide, and harnessing information and communications technologies for development.

Submission deadline: 31 July 2015

For more information, and to download the official submission form please visit:

GEM-TECH Awards 2015

GEM-TECH Awards 2015

ITU and UN Women are pleased to announce nominations are now open for the annual 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-Tech) Awards, a global prize that recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men in leveraging the potential of ICTs to promote gender equality.

The GEM-TECH awards can play an important role in highlighting what works and where initiatives can be scaled and further investments made. Moreover, they showcase the tremendous talent and determination of women to ensure that technology and its application are relevant and responsive to their needs. So please nominate yourself or others – individuals, civil society, public sector, UN system and international organizations, private sector.

The nominations will be open until the 31 July 2015 and can be submitted here.

For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please visit:

ITU Telecom World 2015

Registration for ITU Telecom World 2015, the global platform to accelerate ICT innovation for socio-economic development, is now open. Taking place from 12-15 October in Budapest, Hungary, it's where policy makers and regulators meet industry experts, investors, SMEs (small and medium enterprises), entrepreneurs and innovators to exhibit solutions, share knowledge and speed change. From the world-class forum to the global exhibition and extensive networking opportunities, ITU Telecom is all about making ideas go further, faster to make the world better, sooner. Find out how you can take part here.

ITU Telecom World 2015

ITU Kaleidoscope 2015 - Call for Papers

Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society is the seventh in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU to bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions. The aim of the Kaleidoscope conferences is to identify emerging developments in ICTs and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society.

Kaleidoscope 2015 calls for original research papers offering bold, innovative approaches to the research into and development of standardized platforms for the benefit of all, in particular underserved communities and citizens of developing countries. A key point will be the identification of the main challenges still to be addressed to develop standards supporting the development of trustworthy information infrastructures.

Call for Papers Deadline: 20 July 2015 (extended).

Kaleidoscope 2015

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