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June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

 

Our sincere gratitude to all stakeholders for their efforts, contributions and successful accomplishment of WSIS FORUM 2011, which once again utilized its intercontinental multi-stakeholder platform to network, learn and share the experiences on the implementation of WSIS outcomes. Attendance doubled in comparison to the previous year. WSIS Forum concluded with the Outcome Document that is available at www.wsis.org/forum. It is anticipated that the preparatory process for the WSIS Forum 2012 will start this coming October.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015. In this regard, UNGIS held its first meeting of the UNGIS Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10). Outcomes of this meeting as well as the announcement of the Open Consultation Process Phases have been made available at www.ungis.org

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WSIS Forum 2011

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The Forum has attracted more than 1150 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries. Several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community graced the Forum, more than 20 Ministers and Deputies, several Ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributed passionately towards the programme of the Forum. Among the participants, there were more than 100 members of parliament, as well as several C-level representatives of the private sector and civil society. Remote participation was an integral component of the WSIS Forum over 1000 stakeholders followed and contributed to the outcomes of the event in a remote manner from all parts of world. Onsite networking was facilitated by the imeetYouatWSIS online community platform. More than 250 on-site participants have actively used the tool prior and during the event which facilitated in fruitful networking leading to win-win partnerships.

Programme of the Forum consisted of more than 100 sessions structured in 12 different types of meetings in 6 parallel streams. For more information on the sessions please consult the WSIS Forum website or the WSIS Forum 2011 Programme Brochure (made available prior to the forum).

On 20 May 2011, WSIS Forum 2011 Secretariat released the Draft Outcome Document, a compilation of reports submitted by all session organizers. This document has been made available for comments for one week and may be consulted at www.wsis.org/forum.

  • Photographs from the 2011 WSIS Forum are available here.

  • Video interviews and highlights are available here.

The organizers wish to express their gratitude and thanks to the strategic partner of WSIS FORUM 2011:

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As well as the sponsor of the workshop series

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And the sponsor of Spanish interpretation for the opening segment.

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United Nations Group on the Information Society

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The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015. The ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 172 (PP-10) on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS, including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014/2015 has requested ITU Secretary General to initiate the preparatory process at the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB). Consequently CEB tasked UNGIS to prepare, on the basis of an open consultation, an Action Plan to organize high-level meeting on the WSIS Review. The Action Plan would be presented to the CEB meeting in April 2012, and would take into consideration the strong support of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development served by UNCTAD. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015. The ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 172 (PP-10) on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS, including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014/2015 has requested ITU Secretary General to initiate the preparatory process at the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB). Consequently CEB tasked UNGIS to prepare, on the basis of an open consultation, an Action Plan to organize high-level meeting on the WSIS Review. The Action Plan would be presented to the CEB meeting in April 2012, and would take into consideration the support of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development served by UNCTAD.

Building upon the outcomes of this meeting and the open and inclusive multistakeholder WSIS spirit, please find below the planned schedule for conducting the open consultation process:

  • Phase One: First Physical Meeting during the WSIS Forum 2011 (20 May 2011; completed - Draft Executive Summary of Statements available) Read more at www.ungis.org

  • Phase Two: Online Consultation : www.wsis-community.org (15 June – 1 September 2011)

  • Phase Three: Submission of Formal Contributions: www.ungis.org (Until 1 September 2011)

  • Phase Four: Elaboration of the Draft Action Plan (By 15 September 2011)

  • Phase Five: Second Physical Meeting (20 September 2011)

  • Phase Six: Presentation of the Outcomes: Action Plan (5 October 2011) 

For more information please visit www.ungis.org

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WSIS Stocktaking

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The electronic Version 1.1 of WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories (www.wsis.org/stocktaking) was launched during the WSIS Forum 2011.

The Success Stories provides examples of WSIS Implementation projects and facilitates the transfer of experience and knowledge at global level. This publication aggregates several voluntary contributions from around the world that were collected from active members of the WSIS Stocktaking Platform during the period 2010–2011, and illustrates key lessons drawn from the management of these projects.

By sharing these case studies, stakeholders are intending to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, experiences and models for project implementation. Success Stories 2011 aims to encourage others to share their experiences of WSIS implementation.

The contributions came, on a voluntary basis, from: Sultanate of Oman, the Republic of Mali, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Korea, the State of Qatar, ICVolunteers, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID), Intersat Africa, and Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development.

For more information, please visit: www.wsis.org/stocktaking

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Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

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Measuring the WSIS Targets - A statistical framework report was launched at the WSIS Forum 2011 and can be downloaded for free.

  • A response to the WSIS call to develop indicators and produce official statistics for measuring the information society

  • A concrete list of indicators to monitor the 10 WSIS targets, which range from connecting villages, schools, and health centers to developing online content and providing people with ICT access

  • A practical tool for policy makers and data producers in developing countries to monitor and assess information society developments 

The report was prepared by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’s Task Group on Measuring the WSIS Targets under the leadership of ITU, and in consultation with many experts in the field of ICT measurement. It is expected to become the main reference document for the final review of the achievements made towards meeting the WSIS targets in 2015.

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Fourth Parliamentary Forum On Shaping The Information Society

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Within the framework of the WSIS Forum 2011 the Parliamentary Forum “The Triple Challenge of Cyber-Security: Information, Citizens and Infrastructure” held its fourth meeting of Members of Parliament focusing on issues relating to the Information Society. Meeting was jointly organized by DESA, IPU and ITU within the framework of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

The Fourth Parliamentary Forum attracted about 100 members of parliament from all over the world, including Chairs/Presidents of parliamentary Committees with responsibility for Science and Technology, Information and Telecommunication. Other participants included senior representatives and officials of international organizations, as well as experts from agencies, governments and academia.

The Fourth Parliamentary Forum focused on the representative, law-making and oversight responsibilities of members of parliaments in the area of cyber-security. It addressed the particular challenges posed by the illicit use of information and communication technologies, such as the safeguarding of citizens in the connected environment; the protection of State information, data and infrastructures; and the transnational response to cybercrime.

For more information please visit:
www.ictparliament.org/parliamentaryforum2011 

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ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2011

The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services” Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011

The ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2011 entitled “The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services” will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 12-14 December 2011. A prize fund totalling $10,000 will be awarded to the authors of the three best papers. The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue. Young Author Recognition certificates will be also issued.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact us at kaleidoscope@itu.int

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Provided all registered onsite participants of the WSIS Forum 2011 with an online social networking community experience.

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From Our Partners

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CoNGO is one of the official focal points of the Civil Society for the WSIS Process.

"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

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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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