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June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and contribution towards a successful WSIS Forum 2012! The WSIS Forum 2012 was applauded as the most successful forum till date; successful in terms of participation and outcome. This forum set the perfect example for developing new partnerships, fruitful networking, information exchange and learning from experiences. 1300 stakeholders from different parts of the world enriched the event by reporting on WSIS Implementation and sharing their vision on the WSIS +10 Review process.

WSIS Forum 2012 launched the WSIS+10 Process on the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes in the two WSIS+10 Plenary sessions. Governments, private sector, civil society and international organizations shared their vision on the WSIS+10 review process, ensuring their commitment towards the process.

This year, 18 WSIS Project Prizes were awarded to projects, recognizing excellence in implementation of WSIS Related Activities. Congratulations to all the winners!

We always strive to ensure that we provide you with all WSIS related information through the Flash, though some stakeholders actively contribute to the Flash, we would like to encourage all of you to send us information on new activities, publication releases and events. The WSIS Forum 2012 Outcome Document, highlights, interviews and photographs are available here.

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WSIS Forum

More than 1300 stakeholders from over 140 countries, representing government, civil society and the private sector took part in the WSIS Forum 2012, hosted by ITU, which met in Geneva from 14 to 18 May at the International Labour Organization (ILO). Several high-level representatives including more than 35 ministers and deputy ministers, ambassadors, chief executive officers of companies, as well as civil society leaders contributed passionately to the event.

The WSIS Forum 2012 programme benefited from the strategic partnership and contributions of the United Arab Emirates (government) and Intel Corporation (private sector). UAE and Intel enriched the programme of the WSIS Forum by organizing workshops and knowledge sharing sessions.

We would like to thank partners of WSIS Forum 2012.

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WSIS Stocktaking

More than 6364 members are part of WSIS Stocktaking Platform. Join us!

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.

The report on the World Summit on the Information Society Stocktaking 2012, released by ITU on 15 May reflected more than 1000 latest WSIS related activities emphasizing the efforts undertaken by stakeholders involved in the WSIS process.

We would like to thank all stakeholders for their contributions to the 2012 edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report, a continuation of the WSIS Stocktaking Report series.

The report provides the overview of activities related to 11 Action Lines for the period 2010-2012.

Call for Update and New Entries is coming soon!

Use the new interface to search ICT-related best practices.

In case your activities were missing in the repository, please feel free to complete online questionnaire here.

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 Prize Ceremony was held on 14 May 2012 during the WSIS Forum 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland.

ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré announced the winners of 18 WSIS Project Prizes, as part of the Opening Ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2012 event, which took place in Geneva (14-18 May).

The prizes, which are being awarded for the first time this year, recognize excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in improving connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in line with the 11 Action Lines laid out in WSIS outcome documents agreed at the UN World Summit on the Information Society.

More than 170 projects from 50 countries were nominated. Submissions, which were subject to a stringent multi-phase evaluation, came from governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and individuals, reflecting the multi-stakeholder nature of the WSIS process.

WSIS Project Prizes 2013 coming soon!

United Nations Group on the Information Society


UN Group on the Information Society side event
2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Sunday, 17 June 2012 – 17h30 to 19h00 - Room P3-6 at RioCentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The side event “ICTs: the foundation of our sustainable future” looked at specific ICT applications and services that can assist in the transition towards a green economy, focusing on the key role that policies, regulations and international standards, play to allow for the uptake of ICT applications.

UNGIS Participants included:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • UN Women
  • WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

The meeting began with a review of the outcome document for Rio+20 and participants were asked to comment on the relevant elements of that document and to highlight what their organizations were doing to ensure that the catalytic power of information and communications technology were put into the service of the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth and prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

It was generally agreed that the outcome document, entitled ‘The Future We Want’ stresses the importance of ICTs, technology, broadband networks and innovation, as essential components of sustainable development.

It was also agreed that any UNGIS follow-up activities and initiatives in the post RIO+20 period should stress the importance of equitable gender access to technology as a means of empowerment.

Another important output from RIO+20 was the opportunity it creates for UNGIS to provide regular reports on substantive and policy issues as they relate to the role of ICT and innovation for sustainable development.

A summary of the key elements addressed during the presentations, which were considered essential components of the work of UNGIS included the following concepts:

  • Universal access;
  • Knowledge creation;
  • Empowerment;
  • Innovation;
  • Capacity building;
  • Gender equality;
  • Creative inspiration;
  • Partnership enabler;
  • Robust science and data;
  • Intellectual property

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Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The 10th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting (WTIM) will take place from 25-27 September, 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The WTIM is organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU is an active member of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development and is currently the chair of the Partnership’s Steering Committee. The WTIM will be hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) of Thailand.

The WTIM 2012 will address, among others, the following topics:

The WTIM, open to all the membership, is primarily targeted at those responsible for ICT statistics in relevant Ministries, regulatory agencies, telecommunication operating companies and national statistical offices. Experts interested in the subject of information society measurements are also welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information on the WTIM, please visit

ITU Telecom Young Innovators Competition

One week left to apply for the ITU Telecom Young Innovators Competition!

ITU Telecom is seeking 18-25 year old innovators with projects/concepts which engage the power of ICTs to meet real-world developmental challenges relevant to one of eight core areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Education
  • Empowerment of Women
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Healthcare
  • Human Rights
  • Transparency
  • Youth Employment

Submissions consisting of everything from well researched concepts to ongoing operations showing preliminary results are welcome. From these, the twelve most outstanding entries -– judged to have the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success – will win the chance to attend and participate in ITU Telecom World 2012, which takes place from 14-18 October in Dubai.

Final winners will also benefit from prize money of up to CHF10 000 to realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

For further details and the application procedure, please visit

Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2012

ITU released a major report on regulation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector titled: Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2012: Smart regulation for a broadband world

The annual "Trends in Telecommunication Reform" publications are key part of ITU´s effort to explore and amplify the wisdom of policy-makers and regulators in the ICT sector.

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ITU Broadband Reports

ITU is proud to inaugurate this new thematic series of Broadband Reports. The first reports in the series launched in 2012 focus on cutting edge policy, regulatory and economic aspects of broadband. Other related areas and themes will be covered by subsequent reports including market analysis, broadband infrastructure and implementation, and broadband-enabled applications. In addition, a series of case studies will complement the resources already made available by ITU to all its many different types of readers, but especially to ICT regulators and policy-makers.

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Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2012

Multi-dimensional Challenges Facing Digital Youth and their Consequences

Broadband Commission Report: A platform to progress

ICC BASIS input to WSIS stocktaking 2012

Outcome document of WSIS Forum 2012

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We encourage you to submit upcoming reports to the global repository


Global Events Calendar

Upcoming event:

Connect Americas

Panama City, Panama, from 17 to 19 July 2012.

The Summit is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama. Connect Americas is part of ITU's Connect the World series, an ambitious initiative aimed at connecting the unconnected by the year 2015.

The overall objective of the Connect Americas is to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to close Information and Communication Technology gaps in the region. The Summit offers a venue for leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional financing and development agencies to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships. It is preceded by a preparatory process during which ICT development projects and project holders are identified, as well as partners and donors willing to contribute to the implementation of the selected projects, with a view to enhance the deployment of ICT networks, applications and services within the region.

The Summit features discussion panels and roundtables focusing on the challenges posed to emerging and transition economies in harnessing the full potential of ICTs. Bold decisions and commitments will be announced on multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet these challenges.

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