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October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

The WSIS Action Lines are cross cutting and encompass all the different components of information and communication technologies that enable us to work towards a just and equitable information society. While congratulating the efforts made by all stakeholders, we are happy to inform you that the final version of the WSIS Forum 2012: Identifying Emerging Trends and a Vision Beyond 2015 booklet is now available online. This booklet combines multistakeholder and expert inputs in terms of technology and policy to identify emerging trends in each WSIS Action Line.

In particular, we would like to congratulate the Action Line focal points from ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD,UNDP,UNEP,FAO,WHO and WMO for their prompt inputs and support towards this booklet and the WSIS Forum 2012 Outcome Document.

Most of the WSIS Stakeholders are working on different aspects of the Action Lines like ICT Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, eAgiculture, eHealth and so on. We have developed a platform through the Open Consultation Process for you to participate and ensure that your burning issues are highlighted during the WSIS Forum. Contribute towards the agenda of the WSIS Forum 2013 by submitting your suggestions for the thematic aspects here.

The WSIS Forum 2013 will provide all WSIS Stakeholders with the perfect opportunity to network, learn, and build partnerships and share. This is your opportunity to make sure that subjects that make a difference to you and the world are being discussed at the WSIS Forum.

The first physical meeting of the WSIS Forum 2013 Open Consultation Process will be held on the 16th of November, 15h00-18h00, Room H, ITU Headquarters. Remote Participation will be available for this meeting.

We hope to see each one of you at the meeting, physically or in a remote manner!
Best Wishes ,

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

The Open Consultation Process for the WSIS Forum 2013 is structured in five phases.

Phase I - 8 October 2012

Opening of the Open Consultations

Phase II - 16 November 2012

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

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.


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 submission of project descriptions is 16 December 2012. Don’t miss it!

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

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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

Broadband Commission for Digital Development


The Broadband Commission for Digital Development at the sixth meeting in New York on 23 September 2012, has released its first-ever country-by-country snapshot of the state of broadband deployment worldwide.

The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All report evaluates the roll-out of broadband around the world and tracks progress towards achieving the four advocacy Targets set by the Commission in 2011 for boosting broadband affordability and uptake. It provides country rankings across up to 177 economies on economic impact, penetration, national broadband policy, and connecting people and dwellings. Report draws on ITU’s extensive statistical evidence base and is the result of close collaboration between Broadband Commissioners. Based on interviews, contributions and supporting material from more than 20 experts and their organizations, it highlights the importance of public private partnerships in accelerating change, presents twelve recommendations from the Commission to speed up the roll-out and deployment of broadband to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Broadband Commission Case Studies

In collaboration with ITU and UNESCO, the Broadband Commission commissioned a series of case studies to showcase the importance of broadband networks and services in economic and social development in different countries, selected based on their policies, experience and efforts in stimulating the development of broadband networks and services.

The second series of studies on broadband and Millennium Development Goals targets two main areas: environmental sustainability (MDG7) and developing a global partnership for development (MDG8). They were launched during the Sixth Meeting of the Broadband Commission in New York , 23 September 2012, and are available online and free of charge at the Broadband Commission website and at the ITU Universe of Broadband portal.

A review of environmental sustainability in national broadband policies - global overview and case studies on Australia and Rwanda


Strategies for the promotion of broadband services and infrastructure: a case study on Albania, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sri Lanka.


ITU-D Study Groups Exploring Ways to Innovate


The ITU-D Study Group 1 and 2 meetings took place from 10 to 21 September 2012 at ITU Headquarters Geneva, covering a wide range of issues ranging from Accessibility, eHealth, Climate Change to Spectrum Management, Next Generation Networks and Tariffs (for full list see website). ITU-D’s Study Groups bring together a diverse collection of ICT experts from around the world, who make the most of the neutral platform provided by ITU to find harmonized approaches and develop a shared knowledge base. A special emphasis has been put on innovation recently, with ITU-D’s Innovation Challenge being applied to Study Groups in order to improve functioning and ouputs.

For more information please contact the ITU-D Study Groups Secretariat

Technology Watch Report: Standards for technology-enabled learning


Education is a pre-requisite to using information and communication technologies (ICTs) but these same technologies can be a tool to facilitate learning processes and education reaching beyond classrooms as we know them. A new Technology Watch Report (PDF attached) surveys technology-enabled learning, emerging technologies and services, which, if applied in an educational context, can contribute to more efficient and more affordable education and training for all.

For a number of years now, standardization bodies including ITU-T have been defining standards and guidelines for ICT-enhanced distance learning scenarios, and their output is taken up in this report with a view to exploring and identifying new applications and directions of this work.

The report and additional resources are available at:

Measuring the Information Society 2012


For the fourth consecutive year, this report presents two authoritative benchmarking tools to monitor information society developments worldwide. The ICT Development Index (IDI) ranks 155 countries’ performance with regard to information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and uptake. The ICT Price Basket (IPB) is a unique metric that tracks and compares the cost and affordability of ICT services in more than 160 countries globally. Both the IDI and the IPB combined are powerful measures for benchmarking and explaining differences among countries and within regions when it comes to ICT developments. This year’s edition of the report also features brand new data and analyses on revenue and investment in the ICT sector and proposes a new methodology to measure the world’s telecommunication capacity.

For more information, please visit

WSIS Snapshot

icon WSIS Forum 2013

The first physical meeting of the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format of the WSIS Forum 2013 will be held on 16 November 2012

15h00 - 18h00
Room H, ITU Headquarters
Geneva, Switzerland

Register here
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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:

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Call for Update and New Entries 2012!

The Report will be released at the WSIS Forum 2013

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

Questionnaire: [EN]  [ES]  [FR]


Global Events Calendar

The first physical meeting of the Open Consultation Process on the Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format of the WSIS Forum 2013 will be held on 16 November 2012

15h00 - 18h00, Room H
Friday, 16 November 2012
ITU Headquarters
Geneva, Switzerland

More information:

We encourage you to send your upcoming events to


Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2012

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2012

Outcome document of WSIS Forum 2012

Boosting Energy Efficiency through Smart Grids


An Energy-aware Survey on ICT Device Power Supplies


Review of Mobile Handset Eco-Rating Schemes


Using Submarine Cables for Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Engineering Feasibility Study


View more

We encourage you to submit upcoming reports to the global repository


WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2012-2013

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