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March 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Prizes 2016

WSIS Prizes

LAST day to VOTE!
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Voting Phase Open Until 10 March 2016

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311 international projects are vying for the 18 prestigious WSIS Prizes: a worldwide recognition of the best practices available at the global level. Join us in this exciting countdown by taking part in the voting process by 10 March 2016 (23:00 Geneva time).

For those who have started the process of the online voting phase but have not voted in all 18 categories, please note that you should complete the voting process by voting in each category.

WSIS Prizes 2016 - Vote Now

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WSIS Forum 2016

WSIS Forum

Open Consultation Process

Following the outcomes of the WSIS Action Line Facilitators meetings held since 2006, and the exchange of views amongst several WSIS stakeholders, the organizers of the WSIS Forum, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP are pleased to announce herewith the Open Consultation Process on thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2016. The process aims at ensuring the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum 2015, scheduled to be held from 2–6 May 2016 at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva. This process actively engages governments, civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process and ensures broad ownership and a constant evolution of this Forum.

 • Invitation Letter: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

 • Preliminary Outcomes and Analysis of the Open Consultation Process

The Open Consultation Process is structured in five phases as follows:

The annual WSIS Forum has become a global multistakeholder platform for coordination of the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes. The Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line facilitators/co-facilitators and other UN organizations (ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, UNCTAD UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, ILO, WMO, UN, ITC, UPU, WIPO, UNODC, UNICEF and UN Regional Commissions), is a mechanism for coordination of multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, and continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder and public-private partnerships to advance development goals. Regional commissions play a vital role in facilitating regional inputs, feeding outcomes of regional meetings, strategies and evaluation towards the WSIS Forum.

 • Register for WSIS Forum 2016

We look forward to welcoming all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2016 and count on their continued engagement in and commitment to the WSIS Process. The Agenda and Program of the WSIS Forum will be available soon and will be built on the basis of the official submissions received during the Open Consultation Process.

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WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking

The call for update and new entries 2015–2016 launched in October 2015 for the 8th edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report has ended on 1 March. We would like to thank all WSIS Stakeholders who have submitted their projects and initiatives. Entries submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Database will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2016.

Call for WSIS Stocktaking is a year-round call and all Stakeholders are invited to submit entries online at the WSIS Stocktaking platform

Following the presentation of the WSIS Action Lines - SDGs Matrix at the WSIS Forum 2015, which has received large appreciation by all the WSIS community, proposing to better explain the potential of ICTs as enablers for sustainable development, by investing the third dimension of the issue: that of reporting ICT success stories to best showcase the possible achievement of SDGs, through the implementation of WSIS Action Lines related projects, Booklet on Advancing Sustainable Development Through Information and Communication Technologies: WSIS Action Lines Enabling SDGs, was produced. All relevant material on WSIS Stocktaking and Sustainable Development is available at

We would like to inform all WSIS Stakeholders that the WSIS Stocktaking Publications are available online for download from the ITU Bookshop.

WSIS Fund in Trust — Call for Contributions 2016

WF16 Partnership

Since its creation, stakeholders have valued, supported, and contributed generously to the WSIS Fund in Trust and have been reflected on this—the dedicated website of the WSIS Fund in Trust.

The WSIS Trust Fund offers the opportunity to all Member States, Sector Members and Associates to make voluntary contributions to a special trust fund set up by ITU to support activities related to the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.

It is our pleasure to announce that the United Arab Emirates have joined WSIS Forum 2016 as the Platinum Strategic Partner.

We would also like to announce Japan and the Swiss Confederation as WSIS Forum 2016 Partners for Specific Activities, and the Republic of Rwanda, the Republic of Poland, ICANN, IEEE, and IFIP as WSIS Forum 2016 Contributing Partners.

We would like to encourage all WSIS stakeholders to make a contribution for the year 2016. Your financial contribution will help accelerate the implementation of the WSIS-related activities undertaken by WSIS. In this regard, with the goal to evolve and adapt to the future needs of the Information and Knowledge Societies and WSIS process beyond 2015, we would like to invite all stakeholders to partner with the WSIS Forum 2016.

Call for WSIS Forum 2016 Partnership Opportunities is available on WSIS Fund Trust website and Official Calls in all 6 UN languages are listed, including the Opportunity Packages (see links below for ease of reference). Please note that additional partnership offers and customized packages are available upon request. For more information contact us:

Official Letter: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

WSIS Forum 2016 Partnership Packages: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH]

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Child Online Protection

Updated versions of Guidelines for Children and Guidelines for Parents, Educators and Guardians are now available

Following the adoption of the Regional Initiative on COP in Europe at World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014, ITU and partners updated the Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection and Guidelines for Parents, Educators and Guardians on Child Online Protection. The guidelines are meant to be adapted and adopted by all different stakeholders groups. To date, four sets of guidelines have been developed for:

  • Children — updated in January 2016

  • Parents, Guardians, and Educators — updated in January 2016

  • Industry — Updated guidelines and online case studies are now available

  • Policy Makers

COP Guidelines

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UNCTAD E-Commerce Week

UNCTAD E-Commerce Week, 18 to 22 April 2016, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

E-commerce is part of the WSIS Action Line C7 on ICT applications, and is rapidly transforming the way in which enterprises are interacting with each other, consumers and governments. The second UNCTAD E-Commerce Week presents a unique opportunity for member States and other stakeholders to jointly examine potential opportunities and risks of e-commerce and discuss how best to reap the benefits from this evolving trend in the Information Economy. This year's E-Commerce Week will feature sessions related to: measuring cross-border e-commerce, the protection of data and privacy online, e-commerce and development, and consultations on a new Aid for e-Trade Initiative. The event will also mark the launch of the UNCTAD B2C E-Commerce Index 2016.


ITU Telecom World 2016

Join us at ITU Telecom World 2016, the leading UN global technology event. Taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14–17 November, it’s an exhibition for digital solutions, a forum for sharing knowledge, and a networking hub for governments, corporates and SMEs. The international exhibition highlights innovative digital projects and investment opportunities from nations, organizations and companies from emerging and developed markets alike. Its focus is on bringing high-growth SMEs, in particular from emerging markets, to the international stage — along with public and private sector leaders, academia, media and industry representatives from across the entire ICT ecosystem. Find out more on how you can take part here.


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