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November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

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WSIS Forum 2018

WSIS Forum 2018

WSIS Forum 2018 will be held from 19-23 March at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.

Open Consultation Process on Shaping the Themes and Format of the WSIS Forum 2018

The Open Consultation Process aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum, scheduled to be held from 19-23 March 2018 at ITU in Geneva.

  • Phase I: Deadline: 30 January 2018 - Opening of the Open Consultation Process.

  • Phase II: 20 December 2017 - Physical Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland.
    • Location: Room XII at United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
    • Time: 10:10 - 11:10

    • Remote participation facilities will be available for this meeting
    • We invite you to register now here
    • Deadline for Registration: 27 November, 12:00 p.m. UTC

  • Phase III: 24 January 2018 - Second Physical Meeting, ITU Headquarters, Geneva

  • Phase IV: 30 January 2018 - Deadline for Submissions of Official Contributions and Binding Requests for Workshops

  • Phase V: 19 February 2018 - Final Brief on the WSIS Forum 2018, ITU Headquarters, Geneva

Open Call for High-Level Track Facilitators

At with the WSIS Forum 2018, High-level Policy Sessions of the High-level Track will take place on 20 and 21 March.

Each stakeholder type is invited to launch an Open Call to identify HLTFs to represent their respective communities. The names of the nominated representatives should be submitted to the WSIS Secretariat at: by 30 January 2018.

For additional information please visit this page

Please note that all HLTFs are to cover their own expenses for travel, accommodation and insurance.

Photo Contest

Following the successful first edition, we will continue to exercise the Photo Contest and invite the community to picture how Information and Communication Technologies are playing an enabling role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Photo Contest

The contest is launched since 11 September 2017 and will collect photos until 9 February 2018. The three winning entries in the WSIS photo contest will be awarded and presented at the WSIS Forum 2018 19-23 March 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Submit now your photos here

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WSIS Stocktaking: Call for New Entries

WSIS Stocktaking

Call for Updates and New Entries:

Submit now at:

Deadline for submission: 9 February 2018.

Submitted activities will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2018 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2018 (19-23 March 2018).

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 2017/22 on "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, while recognizing excellence in the implementation of the projects and initiatives that further the WSIS goals, encourages all stakeholders to submit ICT-related projects and initiatives to the WSIS Stocktaking platform.

WSIS Prizes 2018

WSIS Prizes

All WSIS Stakeholders are encouraged to SUBMIT their project descriptions to the WSIS Prizes contest from 11 September 2017 - 2 January 2018.
Check out the timeline for WSIS Prizes 2018:

  • The first phase: Submission phase, 11 September 2017 - 2 January 2018
    (Deadline for last submission: 2 January 2018 at 23:00 Geneva time)

  • The second phase: Nomination phase, 3 January 2018 - 12 January 2018
    Revision of submitted projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of nominated projects

  • The third phase: Public Online Voting of Nominated Projects 12 January 2018 - 4 February 2018
    Iidentification of three projects per category with the highest number of votes (Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 Geneva time)

  • The fourth phase: Selection of winning projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of winning projects, 5 February 2018 - 9 February 2018

  • The fifth phase: Public announcement of winners during WSIS Prize 2018 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2018, and the release of publication “WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2017”, which is a compilation of extended descriptions of the 18 projects and 72 champion projects.

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Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

WSIS Prizes

In March 2017, the global indicator framework Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) was agreed upon at the 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held in March 2017. the United Nations Statistical Commission created the IAEG-SDGs to develop and implement the global indicator framework for the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

Out of the 232 indicators in the global list, only seven are ICT indicators covering six Targets of four of the Sustainable Development Goals. The important role that ICTs will play in achieving the SDGs has also been stressed by the ICT community, including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) and the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS). It is therefore important that all areas where ICTs will play a role are measured and monitored.

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development has established a Task Group on ICT for the SDGs. The main objectives are to propose a thematic list of ICT indicators that could be used to measure ICT availability and use in sectors relevant to the SDGs that are not covered in the global SDG indicators framework. The Task Group will further aim at improving availability of disaggregated data, for the indicators that will be defined in the thematic list, in addition to the ICT indicators included in the SDG measurement framework

The Task Group is open to all members of the Partnership and other interested agencies and stakeholders. New members can be included depending on their interest and match to the work of the Task Group. The current list of members is included in the Terms of Reference (pdf format).

For more information about Partnership please visit www.itu/partnership.

United Nations Group on the Information Society


Objective: UNGIS' objective is to develop extensive collaboration and partnerships among the CEB members in order to contribute to the achievement of the WSIS objectives, to help to maintain ICT-related issues as well as science and technology at the top of the UN Agenda and finally to mainstream ICT for Development issues in the mandate of CEB members.

UNGIS Members Calendar of Events

The upcoming events for the year 2017-2018 and already planned future events, are listed below:

  • EGM on the Implementation of the Arab Internet Governance Roadmap 2.0 (and/or AIGF6) (2018) , (AIGF 2018)

    Lebanon | November 2018

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCWA with the League of Arab States

  • The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Steering Group Meeting for North and Central Asia & East and North-East Asia Sub-Regions

    Xian, People's Republic of China | 12-13 December 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCAP and the Government of the People's Republic of China.

  • Expert Group Meeting on Arab Internet Governance Roadmap 2.0 - The Next Decade

    Lebanon | 13-14 December 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCWA with the League of Arab States.

  • IGF 2017

    Geneva, Switzerland | 18-21 December 2017

  • 2018 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum)

    UN HQ | 23-26 April 2018

    • Organized / Co-organized by: President of ECOSOC, with support from UN DESA/Financing for Development Office.

    • Website:

  • Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) 2018

    New York, USA | 23- 27 April 2018

  • High Level Political Forum 2018

    New York, USA | TBA

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WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

All ITU membership is encouraged to make a contribution to the fund for the year 2018, and all stakeholders are invited to partner with the WSIS Forum 2018.

The WSIS Forum 2018 partnership packages(Strategic Partner):

  • Platinium

  • Gold

  • Specific Activities

  • Contributing

Partnership Packages: [AR] [EN] [ES] [FR] [RU] [ZH] (PDFs)

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Online Open Consultation on the topic of "Bridging the Digital Gender Divide"

WSIS Fund in Trust

Do you have bright ideas to bridge the gender digital divide? ITU's Working Group on Internet welcomes stakeholders views on the topic of Bridging the Digital Gender Divide as part of the Group's Open Consultation process.

The Online Consultation will be open for submissions until 23 December 2017. It will then be followed by a Physical Open Consultation meeting on 22 January 2018 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The outcomes of the consultation will be informing the Group on the challenges faced by policy makers and women, particularly in developing countries, and on best practices for measuring and increasing women's participation in the digital economy.


For the Open Consultation questionnaire and other useful information, please visit the ITU website.

Online Open Consultation for Youth

Under the framework of the ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (CWG-COP), the third round of the online consultation will focus on digital skills and empowerment. The views will help the ITU determine priority areas to ensure that children have the digital literacy skills and competencies to minimise the risks and maximize opportunities online.

We invite stakeholders to participate in Operation Toolkit, to share your views and to help promote digital literacy for children and youth.

Addittional details on the questioonaire can be found here:

For children aged 10-18:
I want to participate and tell what I need !
Click here !
Deadline: 23 December 2017

For stakeholders Adults 18+:
I want to promote childrend's digital literacy !
Deadline: 23 December 2017

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