Message from the WSIS Team
Dear WSIS Stakeholders,
Greetings from the WSIS Team! There are less than 40 days to
the WSIS Forum 2012 and all preparations are in full swing. Session descriptions
for all the Sessions/Workshops at the WSIS Forum 2012 with the names of
panelists will be available in the WSIS Forum 2012 website this week. The WSIS
Forum this year consists of more than 125 sessions, in different formats that
allow greater participation and exchange of knowledge.
like to encourage all the onsite participants to register at
Registering for the event will not only include you in our database but will
also facilitate the registration process during the WSIS Forum 2012. Please
ensure that you have already booked your accommodation, you can find
here. An official invitation letter has been posted on the WSIS Forum
Once registered all onsite participants can network with
each other through the
imeetyouatWSISForum component. We have launched imeetyouatWSISForum as an
extension of the forum, to help you meet other attendees, start conversations,
interact with scheduled speakers and build your personalized schedule of
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about the WSIS activities please follow the WSIS Process
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WSIS Forum 2012
Process on the Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format
Final Brief Meeting
16 April 2012, 15h00 - 17h00, Room C1, ITU, Geneva
The final brief meeting of the WSIS Forum 2012 will be held
on 16 April from 15:00 to 17:00 hrs. in Room C1, ITU Headquarters, Geneva,
Switzerland. Remote Participation will be made available for his meeting.
Participate in the meeting by registering:
We are pleased to announce the partners of WSIS Forum 2012
Partners for specific activities
WSIS Stocktaking platform has reached
more than 6000 members!
We would like to take this
opportunity to update you on some of the latest activities on the WSIS
We are also pleased to announce that the fourth edition of
the biennial WSIS Stocktaking report 2012 will be released during the WSIS forum
2012. The latest edition will reflect more than 1,000 WSIS related activities
from May 2010 to the present day, each emphasizing efforts carried out by
governments and stakeholders actively working towards achieving WSIS goals. Read
In addition, the winners of WSIS Project Prizes 2012 will be
announced during the WSIS Forum 2012. WSIS Project Prizes 2012 will provide
international visibility and recognition, with winners showcased at two
- WSIS Stocktaking: WSIS Project Prizes Showcasing (Part 1)on Tuesday,
15 May in Room IV from 11.15am -13.00pm
- WSIS Stocktaking: WSIS Project Prizes Showcasing (Part 2)on
Wednesday, 16 May in Room IV from 9.00 am - 10.45 am.
The compilation of extended descriptions of the winning
projects can be found in the WSIS Stocktaking Report on Success Stories 2012
that will be released and presented during the session WSIS Stocktaking: WSIS
Project Prizes Showcasing (Part 1).
United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)
Incorporating ICT for Development into the UNDAF Process
Find below, a letter issued by UNGIS on incorporating ICT for
Development into the UNDAF Process.
On behalf of the United Nations Group on the Information
Society (UNGIS) which we co-chair, we write to request your good co-operation to
follow through on the commitments made in ECOSOC Resolution 2009/7 "Assessment
of the Progress Made in the Implementation of and Follow-Up to the Outcomes of
the World Summit on the Information Society".
The Resolution calls for the 'inclusion of a component in the
UNDAF on information and communication technologies for development (ICTD)', and
urge co-ordinated action to implement the Tunis Agenda, as agreed at the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. (Please find attached
Resolution 2009/7 and the Tunis agenda).
The United Nations, working collaboratively, can support
countries' efforts to make the most of the opportunity ICTs represent to
accelerate progress towards the MDGs and other internationally agreed on
development goals. New technologies, such as social networks and mobile
phones, for example, can and are being used in ways which empower people to
access services, share knowledge, and have a say in the decisions which impact
ITU and UNDP's technical advisers stand ready to provide
substantive and technical support to aid UNCT's to incorporate ICT for
Development in their UNDAF. For more information, please contact
Raul Zambrano, Policy Advisor, Democratic Governance Group, Bureau for
We look forward to your feedback and working with you to
unlock the potential of ICTs to advance sustainable human development.
UNGIS Vice Chair, 2011-2012
Hamadoun I. Toure
UNGIS Chair 2011-2012
For more information on UNGIS related activities for the year
2011-2012 please visit
Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development
The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is an
international, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the availability and
quality of ICT data and indicators, particularly in developing countries.
Launched in 2004, the Partnership helps measure the information society by:
- Defining a core list of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these
- Helping developing countries collect ICT statistics, particularly through
capacity-building and hands-on training for national statistical offices.
- Collecting and disseminating information society statistics in a number of
formats, including a global report and database
For more information please visit
WSIS Forum 2012
- Registration for Onsite participation is available
- Registration for Remote participation will be available soon
Networking for Onsite Participants
Provides all registered onsite participants of the WSIS Forum 2012 with an
online social networking community experience.
Accommodation in Geneva
The organizers encourage you to book your accommodation for WSIS Forum 2012 as
soon as possible.
Information on accommodation for participants in Geneva is available below.