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November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Forum 2016

WSIS Forum

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.

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.

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

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 built on the basis of the official submissions received during the Open Consultation Process.

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WSIS Prizes 2016

WSIS Prizes

SUBMIT Your Projects
by 5 December 2015.

Take part in WSIS Prizes 2016! The new Call for submission of your success stories was launched! You are able to submit your application for the contest of WSIS Prizes 2016 until 5 December 2015.

All stakeholders are invited to submit entries online. Submitted activities will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015 report, which will be released at WSIS Forum 2016.

ICT for development (ICT4D) community is encouraged to continue following WSIS Stocktaking process, and submit their project descriptions for WSIS Prizes 2016 using the WSIS Stocktaking online platform.

We encourage you to use this platform and by identifying and showcasing your projects empower communities at the local level, give a chance to all stakeholders working on WSIS to participate in the contest, and particularly recognize the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to the society and commitment towards achieving WSIS goals.

The WSIS Prizes 2016 contest is organized into five phases:

  • Phase I: 13 October – 5 December 2015
    Submission phase (Deadline for last submission: 23:00 Geneva time).

  • Phase II: 6 December – 11 December 2015
    Nomination Phase. Revision of submitted projects by Expert Group that will result with a list of nominated projects.

  • Phase III: 11 December 2015 – 10 March 2016
    Public Online Voting. Identification of three projects per category with the highest number of votes. (Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 Geneva time)

  • Phase IV: 14 March – 18 March 2016
    Selection of winning projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of winning projects.

  • Phase V:
    Announcement of winners to the public during WSIS Prize 2016 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2016, and the release of publication “WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2016”, which is a compilation of extended descriptions of the 18 winning projects.

While continuing to highlight progress made towards achieving the WSIS goals, WSIS Prizes 2016 will start reflecting to which of the newly proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the submitted projects mostly linked to. ICTs are enablers for sustainable development, and reporting on ICT success stories to best showcase the possible achievement of SDGs, through the implementation of WSIS Action Lines related projects, is the new objective of WSIS Stocktaking process, including WSIS Prizes.

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking

The call for update and new entries 2015-2016 was launched. All Stakeholders are invited to submit entries online. Entries submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Database will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2016. We look forward to receiving your responses to this call by 1 March 2016.

We are pleased to announce that the newly designed WSIS Stocktaking platform has been launched! It is bringing a more interactive interface with several innovative aspects that will be more appealing to the users. The new Stocktaking platform will also feature new questionnaire that will reflect the transition from MDG’s to Sustainable Development Goals, and what is the impact of freshly submitted ICT projects on SDGs. Visit the new platform at

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

WSIS Stocktaking Publications 2015

We would like to inform all WSIS Stakeholders that the WSIS Stocktaking Publications, the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2015 and WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015; and the Booklet on Advancing Sustainable Development Through Information and Communication Technologies: WSIS Action Lines Enabling SDGs, 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.

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]

For more information about WSIS Forum 2016 Partnership Packages please visit:

Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes by UNGA

WSIS Stocktaking

General Assembly High-Level Meeting - for the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

15-16 December 2015, General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The General Assembly High-level Meeting on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society will take place on 15-16 December 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This high-level meeting will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions on important issues in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, including the progress, gaps and challenges, as well as areas for future actions.

The draft programme of activities related to the WSIS High-Level Meeting includes three, mutually-reinforcing streams:

  1. The plenary, on 15-16 December in accordance General Assembly rules of procedure, will feature consecutive statements from Member States and non-government entities.
  2. The annual GemTech Awards, organized by UN Women and ITU on the evening of 14 December, recognize outstanding efforts to ensure that girls and women achieve digital equality in all its dimensions.
  3. Sixteen side events, organized by Member States, UN agencies, and non-government stakeholders between 14 and 16 December, will offer interactive exchange on key topics cited in the review and future action.

During the UNGA High-Level meeting, there will be series of Side Events, including side events organized by ITU:

  1. Strengthening the impact of WSIS action lines for sustainable development: showcasing best practices, transferring know-how, fostering partnerships
    Monday 14 December 2015, 13:15 – 14:30, UNHQ. Conference Room 11

  2. ​​GEM-TECH Awards 2015
    Monday 14 December 2015, 18:00 – 20:00, Civic Hall - 156 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York

  3. Women's Empowerment in the Digital Age: Implementing WSIS Outcomes and Agenda 2030
    Tuesday 15 December 2015, 13:00 – 14:30, UNHQ, Conference Room 7

  4. Measuring the Information Society: ICT Data for Policy Making and Evaluation
    Tuesday 15 December 2015, 15:00 – 18:00, UNHQ, Conference Room A

  5. Enabling a trusted connected world
    Wednesday 16 December 2015, 13:15 – 14:30, UNHQ, Conference Room 6

Registration for side events that will take place during the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on WSIS+10 review is now open. To register, please complete the online form. Registration will close at 17:00 New York time on 4 December 2015.

For more information about the United Nations General Assembly's overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes, including UNGA High-level Meeting Side Events Calendar, Comments on draft outcome document, and the Draft outcome document, please visit:

World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium

The 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS), which is the main global forum for telecommunication and information society measurements, will take place in Hiroshima, Japan, from 30 November to 2 December 2015. WTIS-2015 will feature several high-level debates addressing key questions related to ICT policy and measurement and bring together users and producers of ICT data. In addition, the ITU flagship report Measuring the Information Society Report 2015 will be launched at WTIS. The report features the latest ICT Development Index (IDI), a benchmarking tool that monitors information society developments worldwide. WTIS brings together ICT ministers, heads of national telecom/ICT regulatory authorities and national statistical offices, heads of international organizations, chief executive officers of private sector companies, and statistical experts from around the world.


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Measuring the Information Society Report 2015

The 2015 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched on 30 November, 2015, on the first day of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2015, in Hiroshima, Japan. Parallel launch events took place in Addis Ababa, Brasilia, Cairo, Geneva and Moscow.

MIS2015 Cover

The Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI 2015 captures the level of ICT developments in 167 economies worldwide and compares progress made since the year 2010. The Report assesses IDI findings at the regional level and highlights countries that rank at the top of the IDI and those that have improved their position in the overall IDI rankings most dynamically since 2010. The Report features a review and quantitative assessment of the global ITU goals and targets agreed upon at the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference and included in the Connect 2020 Agenda. In addition, the Report will show the results of the ICT Price Basket (IPB) and present and analyse fixed- and mobile-broadband price data for around 180 economies. The report also includes a chapter looking into recent developments, opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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ICTs for a Sustainable World


ITU has recently launched a microsite and social media outreach campaign using the tag #ICT4SDG which now also includes a Tumblr to raise greater awareness around how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be enablers and drivers for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sharing stories of how ICTs improve lives is a great opportunity to boost visibility among ITU’s 20,000+ government, private sector, and academic members – as well as a much broader audience of top ICT and international development leaders around the world.

We encourage you to use this platform and, by identifying and showcasing your projects, empower communities at the local level and connect local ICT innovators to donors, investors, and policymakers who can support promising projects.

ITU will be actively promoting your stories at WSIS+10 in December and the most popular ones will be published and promoted via the ITU’s main website and digital channels and the most popular post will receive a prize (to be announced) at the WSIS Forum in May 2016.

Please submit your case studies, stories, photos, videos, podcasts or other communications media to our Tumblr Blog at and please share this opportunity with your network and with the ICT4D community in your region.

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ITU Kaleidoscope 2015

Kaleidoscope 2015: Trust in the Information Society is the seventh series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU that bring together a wide range of views from universities, industry and research institutions of different fields.

Register here.

ITU Kaleidoscope

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Consultation on ITU-Academia Collaboration

This consultation on ITU-Academia collaboration will take place on 8 December 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The event provides an opportunity to exchange views on what ITU can do to best meet the needs and expectations of Academia. The format will be informal and interactive. This will be a hands-on session involving some 50 participants representing institutions from all over the world. Please, register here.

Consultation on ITU-Academia Collaboration

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