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May 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Forum 2017

WSIS Forum 2017

The world’s largest annual gathering of the ICT for development (ICT4D) community, the WSIS Forum is a unique global platform and an integral part of the ongoing WSIS Process. Providing equitable and affordable access to ICTs – especially in the developing world and to marginalized communities – is essential to achieving a truly inclusive digital economy. WSIS is where the real work of ICT4D is done, bringing together multi-stakeholder groups from all over the world to share best practices and create collaborative partnerships.

The forum is hosted by ITU together with co-organizers UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP in close collaboration with the UN and sister agencies including WIPO, UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UN Women, WFP, UNODC and the UN Regional Commission.

WSIS Forum 2017 will be held from 12–16 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The dates and phase structure of the Open Consultation Process will be announced soon.

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WSIS Forum 2016

WSIS Forum 2016

WSIS Forum 2016 attracted more than 1800 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 150 countries, among them were several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community including more than 85 ministers and deputies, several ambassadors, CEOs, and Civil Society leaders who all contributed passionately towards the programme of the Forum.

The recently concluded forum provided structured opportunities to network, learn, and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation through the moderated High-Level Policy Sessions, which explored fourteen themes based around the Geneva Plan of Action and the outcomes of the UNGA Overall Review; and through the Forum track with over 100 sessions covering a variety of topics clustered under the overall theme of the Forum, WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs.

The outcomes of the WSIS Forum 2016 were presented on the last day and are available on the forum's website.

WSIS Forum 2016 Outcomes Documents

High-Level Track Outcomes

Forum Track Outcomes

WSIS Action Lines Supporting Implementation of the SDGs (2016)

WSIS-SDG Matrix (WSIS Forum 2016 Outcomes)

WSIS Forum 2016 and SDG Matrix

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016

WSIS Stocktaking:
Success Stories 2016

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WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking Process: an efficient mechanism for sharing best practices towards advancing development goals

With another successful year behind, the WSIS Stocktaking Platform continues to serve as a key global repository for collecting and reporting on ICT-related projects which implement the WSIS Outcomes. Since 2004, WSIS Stocktaking Reports have reviewed more than 8,000 activities from around the world carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders. We are pleased to note that the WSIS Stocktaking community now comprises of close to 200,000 stakeholders.

Since the WSIS Stocktaking Process was established, seven editions of Global WSIS Stocktaking reports have been published, providing an overall picture of progress and an insight into latest WSIS-related activities. The eighth report focuses on contributions by stakeholders worldwide to WSIS and Sustainable Development Goals. It emphasizes achievements, highlights trends and draws conclusions consistent with the action lines referenced in the Geneva Plan of Action. This Report provides key findings on emerging trends in the development of the information society, and references major activities being implemented in the eighteen areas covered by the eleven WSIS action lines.

Following the presentation of the WSIS Action Lines – SDGs Matrix at the WSIS Forum 2015, which has received large appreciation from the WSIS community, proposing to better explain the potential of ICTs as enablers for sustainable development, new component in WSIS Stocktaking process was introduced by 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 and is available online for download from the ITU Bookshop.

The outcome document of the UNGA High-level Meeting on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of WSIS recognized the importance of reporting and sharing of best practices for the implementation of WSIS outcomes by all stakeholders beyond 2015, recognizing the WSIS Forum as a key platform for doing it. In this context the WSIS Stocktaking process plays a strategic role in supporting WSIS Forum in its endeavour.

WSIS Overall Review called for close alignment between the WSIS process and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, highlighting the crosscutting contribution of ICTs to the Sustainable Development Goals. WSIS Stocktaking evolves into the unique global process for collection of information on actions carried out in context of WSIS, while underlining their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

New Call Coming in Fall 2016!

With the year-round ongoing call for updates and new entries, all stakeholders are invited to continue sharing best practices on the WSIS Stocktaking Platform and emphasize how ICT-related initiatives and projects are enabling SDGs.

WSIS Prizes 2016

WSIS Prizes

On 3 June 2016 during WSIS Prize 2016 Ceremony at the WSIS Forum 2016 held in Geneva, Switzerland, WSIS community recognized 18 winners from around the world for achievements in promoting a more inclusive Information Society.

The WSIS Prizes 2016 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.

The awards are conferred through an open online voting process, which this year engaged over 245,000 stakeholders from around the world. A total of 311 projects were nominated for the 2016 contest, a significant increase on the number of nominated submissions in 2015, reflecting both the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies


In line with the inclusive, multi-stakeholder character of the WSIS Process, 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)

“ITU and its WSIS partners strongly believe in the critical importance of ICTs in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “The WSIS Prizes recognize all players in the effort to improve global connectivity, from governments and global ICT companies to grassroots NGOs leading innovative ICT-oriented projects at the local level. All of these stakeholders are equally vital to the success of the WSIS Process.”

WSIS Prize 2016 Winners

WSIS Prizes 2016 Winners
WSIS Prizes 2016 Winners

WSIS Prize 2016 Champions

An innovation in the WSIS Prizes contest this year is the nomination of 70 ‘WSIS Prize Champions’. This new award category recognizes outstanding projects that were among the most-voted entries and which also received the best reviews by the members of the Expert Group. Champion projects were celebrated at a special event held on Wednesday 4 May entitled: Implementing Best Practices and Addressing Challenges: Meet the Winners and Champions.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 2015/26 "Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of - and follow up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society", reiterates the importance of sharing best practices at the global level, and encourages all stakeholders to nominate their projects for the annual WSIS Prizes, as an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking process, while noting the report on the WSIS success stories.

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UNGIS side-event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)

UNGIS will organize a side-event at the HLPF, scheduled to be 11-20 July 2016, to underline the importance of ICTs to deliver on the SDGs and to reckon their transformative power on all parts of societies.

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First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

STI Forum

6 Jun 2016 – 7 Jun 2016
Conference Room 1, UNHQ, New York

The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place on 6-7 June 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 2016 STI Forum will address the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals."

The forum and its preparation will be guided by the following questions:

  1. Why are science, technology and innovation essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? Please provide one or more concrete examples that, in your experience, best exemplify this.

  2. What are the main opportunities and challenges – at policy, organisational and individual levels - for maximizing the contribution of science, technology and innovation to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?

  3. What are the key elements that countries and international organizations may need to take into account in formulating action plans and/or roadmaps for science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals?

  4. How can we deploy existing knowledge and new, innovative solutions and technologies and make them more readily available to those who need them?

  5. What would be success criteria for the STI Forum in the coming years? What questions should the STI Forum focus on?

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GEM-Tech Awards

The third annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards by UN Women and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), opened for nominations on 18 May 2016. This prestigious global prize recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men (individuals and organizations) in addressing the digital gender divide by embracing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls.


The 2016 GEM-tech awards will focus on three categories:

  1. Apply Technology for Women's Empowerment and Digital Inclusion

  2. Promote Women in the Technology Sector

  3. Develop Gender-Responsive ICT Governance

Online nominations are open until 31 July and awards will be conferred at a ceremony to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, as part of the ITU Telecom World event (14-17 November 2016).

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ESCAP Resolution on WSIS Regional Review in Asia and the Pacific


On 19 May 2016, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted the resolution 72/10 "Regional review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society action lines". It was the first resolution adopted by an inter-governmental body for the WSIS regional review, after the WSIS Forum 2016 was organized in early May this year. This resolution mandates the ESCAP secretariat to accord priority to support to member countries and other relevant partners in the implementation of the WSIS action lines as well as to organize a regional review of WSIS implementation as part of the Committee on Information and Communications Technology and Science, Technology and Innovation. The next session is planned from 5-7 October 2016 in Bangkok.

The resolution is available at

In addition to the regional review, the ESCAP secretariat has been promoting the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) as a means of WSIS action line implementation and ameliorating the digital divide in Asia and the Pacific. AP-IS - a regional broadband connectivity initiative - is designed to enhance availability, affordability, reliability and resilience in broadband networks and access. It also aims to create an enabling Internet ecosystem and stimulate the digital economy for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ITU Kaleidoscope 2016

Kaleidoscope 2016: ICTs for a Sustainable World is the eighth 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 information and communication technologies (ICTs) and, in particular, areas in need of international standards to aid the healthy development of the Information Society.

ITU Kaleidoscope 2016 (Bangkok, Thailand, 14–16 November)

Call for Papers

The eighth Kaleidoscope conference calls for academic papers presenting research into ICT technical developments, innovative ICT applications or policy and regulatory considerations relevant to supporting the achievement of the SDGs. Deadline for submission of full paper proposals: 20 June 2016.

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore. The best papers will also be evaluated for potential publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. In addition, extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Technology Marketing, the International Journal of Standardization Research, or the Journal of ICT Standardization.

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