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November 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

It’s time to bid farewell to 2012 and to welcome 2013! 2012 has been an extraordinary year for the WSIS Process. The WSIS Forum 2012 was one of the most successful events that brought together more than 1300 WSIS Stakeholders to discuss, deliberate and plan WSIS related activities. The WSIS Forum 2012 resulted in an Outcome Document and in identification of Emerging Trends in each Action Line. These emerging trends identified at the Forum provide all WSIS Stakeholders with guidance and a vision for the way beyond 2015. In order to encourage and provide global recognition to WSIS Action Line projects we initiated the WSIS Project Prizes at the WSIS Forum 2012, 18 stakeholders were awarded WSIS Project Prizes as a global recognition of their efforts towards advancing implementation of the WSIS Outcomes.

Discussions on WSIS+10, WSIS beyond 2015 took shape during this year. The WSIS Forum provided the perfect platform for multistakeholder discussions on several aspects of the WSIS Review process. The two WSIS+10 plenaries resulted in multistakeholder consensus on the following:

  • WSIS+10: Template for Countries: 10–Year Country Reporting Template
  • WSIS+10: Template for Action Line Facilitators : 10–Year Review Reports by all the WSIS Action Lines

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the WSIS Stakeholders, WSIS Forum Partners and all supporters of the WSIS Process for their commitment and dedication towards this process.

Brining your attention to the WSIS Forum 2013, we would like to encourage you to please submit your official submissions towards the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovation on the Format here.

Please note that the WSIS Forum 2013 Invitation letter will be available soon in the six United Nations languages and registration to the forum will open in the beginning of February. We also encourage you to nominate your successful projects for the WSIS Project Prizes 2013 (Deadline: 31 January 2013).

We look forward to working with you in 2013. We wish you seasonal greetings and a Happy New Year 2013!

Best Wishes ,

WSIS Forum 2013

WSIS Forum 2013 will be held from 13 to 17 May 2013 at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland. We would like to highlight that WSIS Forum 2013 Enhanced Visibility Partnership opportunities are still available, please contact us at for further details.

We are proud announce Intel as the Strategic Partner (Private Sector) of the WSIS Forum 2013. 

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WSIS Forum 2013 Open Consultation Process

Make your official submissions on the thematic aspects and innovations in the format here. We encourage you to fill the online form however in case you do face any problems in completing the online form, a word document is available online. Please fill the word document and send it to

Below are the important dates and deadlines for the Open Consultation Process for the WSIS Forum 2013, structured in five phases. For information on Phase I and Phase II please click here.

Phase III - 23 January 2013

Phase IV - 15 February 2013

Phase V - 16 April 2013

For further information please refer to the Press Release and Forum Website

WSIS Forum 2012

WSIS Forum 2012: Identifying Emerging Trends and a Vision Beyond 2015

Since 2006, the WSIS Forum has proven to be a unique global mechanism for coordination of the implementation for WSIS outcomes (ECOSOC 2012/5) and a multistakeholder platform for brainstorming and consensus on emerging trends in the area of Information Society. With information and communications technologies (ICTs) playing an increasingly instrumental role in the delivery of basic services like education, health and food security, improved connectivity, infrastructure, security and access have become a major development imperative.


This booklet captures the emerging trends in the 11 WSIS Action lines, both in terms of policy and technology, discussed by stakeholders during WSIS Forum 2012. The trends identified during the WSIS Forum 2012, provide all the WSIS stakeholders with guidance and a vision for the way beyond 2015, WSIS+10, related activities.

The booklet is available here.

For more information please visit

WSIS Stocktaking

Call for Update and New Entries 2012

The WSIS Stocktaking Report 2013 will be released at the WSIS Forum 2013

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Questionnaire: [EN]  [ES]  [FR]

WSIS Project Prizes 2013

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes (WSIS Project Prizes ) is an annual contest which recognizes excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the WSIS goals of improving connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in line with the 11 Action Lines laid out in the WSIS outcome documents agreed at the UN World Summit on the Information Society.

Youth Development Project On ICT  Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunities

The WSIS Project Prizes 2013 ( contest is open to all stakeholders including governments, the private sector, international organizations, civil society, regional and international agencies, research institutions and others. Interested stakeholders are invited to nominate projects by completing the online form at


The deadline for the receipt of submissions for the contest for WSIS Project Prizes 2013 has been extended until 31 January 2013 upon the request of several WSIS Stakeholders, including the Member States.

Letter of invitation for submission of projects for the WSIS Project Prizes 2013:
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We would like to thank all stakeholders for their active participation in the contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2013.

The list of all submitted projects will be published on 31 January 2013.

For further information please refer to the press release and

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for WSIS Project Prizes 2013, please contact us

Reporting on WSIS activities in Jordan

The National ICT Strategy 2007-2012 is currently under midterm review by MoICT to realign implementation efforts and address gaps in implementation. Efforts are currently underway to issue the National ICT Strategy 2012-2016. However, the 2007 NIS is aimed at increasing the sector’s competitiveness and productivity through different measures targeting four mutually-reinforcing and inter-related pillars that include: a) The Connectivity Pillar b) Trade and Investment c) Education d) Research and Development.

Infrastructure is essential in achieving the goal of digital inclusion. The project such as National Broadband Network (NBN) connects to date up to (633) public schools, (8) universities; (23) knowledge stations (KS), (127) government entities and (88) healthcare centers with a (100 Mbp/s) bandwidth capacity per site with the view to provide high-speed broadband access to increase universal access and universal coverage as well as contribute to the efficient and effective development of Jordan’s e-services delivery, quality and performance, particularly as they relate to Jordan’s education and healthcare systems. Future plans are being studied to utilize the network to support the business sector in Jordan and increase access in under-served areas to support the growth of traffic demand as the pace of technology diffusion accelerates.


Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’s Task Group on Measuring the WSIS targets (TG WSIS) is developing a meta-data questionnaire to collect information on data availability for the WSIS target indicators. The questionnaire, which is based on the Measuring the WSIS Targets - A statistical framework document, will be sent to all WSIS focal points in November 2012. It will be sent by the UN Regional Commissions, who have taken the lead in developing the questionnaire.

In 2013, the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’s TG WSIS is planning to send out a WSIS targets questionnaire to all WSIS focal points to collect data on the WSIS targets. The results of this questionnaire will be used to produce a publication for the 2014 ITU High-Level meeting, for the final review of the achievements made towards meeting the WSIS targets in 2015.

For more information, please visit

United Nations Group on the Information Society

For information on UNGIS please visit

The Broadband Commission working group on Gender

At the 6th meeting of the Broadband Commission, held in New York on 23 September 2012, Ms Geena Davis, award winning actress and ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICTs, challenged the Commissioners to set up a new working group on Broadband and Gender. The group will conduct research on the many ways broadband networks and technologies could be used to empower women and young girls through access to education, health care and useful information such as that relating to agriculture, climate monitoring; but also as tools to foster female entrepreneurship and new business opportunities.

The group will be chaired by Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and will assemble high level personalities to advocate for greater gender balance in careers spanning science, technology and engineering. The group will be active for the year 2013.


Press Release

For more information on the Broadband Commission, please visit

The e-Agriculture Community: Five years of progress and collaboration

The e-Agriculture Community was launched in September 2007 by a group believing in the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower agricultural development and bridge the rural digital divide. (More of e-Agriculture’s history can be found here.) Over the last five years, the e-Agriculture Community has grown to surpass 9,000 members in over 160 countries. Through the support and participation of its members, the Community’s role in identifying leading issues, addressing challenges, knowledge sharing and networking has likewise expanded.

As the use of ICT in agriculture and rural development has grown over the years, e-Agriculture members have shared their experiences and challenges with the Community. From this exchange, the Community has identified seven key topics and now curates information resources on each of these. Online forums are used to discuss certain topics in depth, each featuring recognized experts, and hosted in collaboration with leading development organizations. There have been nineteen forums during the last five years, bringing together tens of thousands of participants from all over the world. These forums are summarized in Policy Briefs, published in three languages (English, Spanish and French).

Community activity on the e-Agriculture platform ( has remained high over the years with members sharing information and exchanging content. There are now over 490 resources in the knowledge base, 1600 news items, 450 events and 97 blogs. Community members also interact through the Community's social media channels. e-Agriculture has over 9,700 followers on Twitter, more than 1,400 Facebook supporters and 1,200 LinkedIn contacts.

Earlier this year the e-Agriculture Community's achievement was recognized with the first ever WSIS Project Prize. Congratulations to everyone in the Community – you make it a great success!

ITU ICT Innovation Application Challenge

A cash prize of USD 5,000 is offered to the winner of a new ITU Application Challenge seeking to uncover apps extending the reach of mobile health, mobile money, e-learning, e-government and intelligent transport systems. The ICT Innovation Application Challenge aims to promote sustainable, equitable economic growth in emerging economies by unearthing apps targeting the social and economic inclusion of traditionally underserved communities.

Coordinated by the Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: from Innovation to Standards (FG Innovation), the Challenge was launched during an “ICT Innovations” side event of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai, UAE on 22 November 2012. FG Innovation investigates the reciprocal relationship between innovation and standardization with a particular focus on emerging markets.

App developers are invited to submit an working application accompanied by a concept paper detailing the app’s design and conceptual design. Apps should take full advantage of mobile phones, mobile Internet access and social media tools to improve the transparency of government or increase access to healthcare, financial services, education or transportation.

The winning individual/SME will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000 courtesy of Nokia Siemens Networks and a one-year, worldwide right to the use of the Challenge’s logo in any material promoting the app. The winning corporation/public sector organization will receive an award certificate and a similar one-year, worldwide right to the use of the Challenge’s logo in any of the app’s promotional material.

The results of the Challenge will be announced at an ITU celebration of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 17 May 2013, where the winners will be invited to showcase their apps to a global audience of top-level decision makers from the public and private sector.

The closing date for the registration for the Application Challenge is 22 January 2013 and the deadline for submission of the application and concept paper is 12 March 2013.

More information and detailed Challenge rules are available online at: For more information please contact the ICT Innovation Application Challenge secretariat at

Exploring Emerging Policies and Open Research Questions

The event brings together high-level scientists, policy-makers and industry representatives to explore, discuss and address pressing questions on the potentials and challenges of Green ICT for enabling Sustainable Consumption:

  • What is the potential of Cloud Computing as enabler of sustainable consumption in terms of direct, indirect and systemic effects?
  • How can Smart Metering help to reduce the energy consumption of households?
  • How can we design policies and practices to realise the potential of ICTs and promote a process towards sustainable consumption?
  • What are the respective roles and responsibilities of policy-makers, representatives of ICT industries, researchers, and other stakeholders?

Please, note that the number of participants is limited to 40 people. Hence, we kindly ask you to send an informal registration e-mail by November 30, 2012 to

You also find additional information about the event and the RESPONDER project under the following link:

WSIS Snapshot

icon WSIS Forum 2013: Open Consultation Process

 • Official Submission Form for booking thematic workshops, booking exhibition stalls, recommending speakers and requests for sponsorship/partnership.

 • First Physical Meeting: Main highlights and contributions

icon WSIS Project Prizes

The deadline for the receipt of submissions has been extended until 31 January 2013 upon the request of several WSIS Stakeholders, including the Member States.

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icon WSIS Stocktaking Database

Call for Update and New Entries 2012!

The WSIS Stocktaking Report 2013 will be released at the WSIS Forum 2013

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

Questionnaire: [EN]  [ES]  [FR]


WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2012-2013

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Global Events Calendar

UNESCO hosted WSIS+10 Review Meeting

Multistakeholder Event: Towards Knowledge Societies, for Peace and Sustainable Development

The open consultations on themes, format and the process leading to the 2013 WSIS+10 review event is currently taking place at the WSIS Knowledge Communities (WSIS KC -

WSIS Stakeholders are invited to participate in the ongoing dialogue and contribute to the Open Consultation Process on the WSIS Knowledge Community:

We encourage you to send your upcoming events to


Global Repository

More than 109 WSIS related publications!

Recently submitted publications:

The Information Economy Report 2012: The Software Industry and Developing Countries

WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2012

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2012

Outcome document of WSIS Forum 2012

World e-Parliament Report 2012

Handbook "Information and Communication Technologies in Parliamentary Libraries"

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We encourage you to submit upcoming reports to the global repository


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