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October 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

WSIS+10 High-Level Event

WSIS+10 High-Level Event: Open Consultation Process

Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform:

Invitation Letter: Invitation to Contribute to the Open Consultation Process

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The preparatory process is an open and inclusive consultation among WSIS Stakeholders (governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations and relevant regional organizations) focused on: developing multistakeholder consensus on two draft Outcome Documents, to be developed during the open consultation process by 1 March 2014 and submitted for consideration by the WSIS+10 High-Level Event; the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the Event. The Open Consultation Process for the WSIS+10 High-Level Event is structured in six phases as follows:

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will be held from 13 to 17 April 2014 in Sharm el-Sheikh. This event will be an extended version of the WSIS Forum. It is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years based on reports of WSIS Stakeholders, including those submitted by countries, Action Line Facilitators and other stakeholders.

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will review the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) related to the WSIS Action Lines with the view of developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially including new targets. This process will take into account the decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

WSIS+10 High-Level Event

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Project Prizes 2014

All stakeholders are invited to submit their application for the contest 2014 until 1st November 2013!

The contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2014 was launched on 5th September 2013. WSIS Project Prizes is a unique recognition for excellence in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. The WSIS Project Prizes 2014 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories and models that could be easily replicated; 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.

Press release is available at here.

All submissions should be done electronically and in English at

New call for update and new entries! Contribute to the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2014!

The sixth edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report is the continuation of the WSIS Stocktaking Report series and will be prepared for WSIS+10 High-Level Event and Forum 2014 as the background document.

The WSIS Stocktaking Report 2014 will also be shared with ITU-D study Groups in the elaboration of Output Reports and will be submitted as the contribution to the 17th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

We look forward to receiving your responses and any other associated documentation by 1st December 2013.


ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré launched on 8 October 2013 a series of online and off-line ‘Open Talks’, informal consultations with diverse stakeholders on issues of importance to the Union.

ITU SG Open Talks

The first topic of ‘Open Talks’ deals with international internet-related public policy issues, including the role of governments in the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. In line with the objective to adopt informal, open and inclusive formats providing opportunities for anyone, anywhere in the world to participate, a World Café was held at ITU headquarters on October 8, 2013.

The World Café assembled some 50 representatives from different stakeholders, including ITU’s membership, in a collaborative conversation to exchange ideas on the following:

  1. What is the role of governments in the multi-stakeholder model of Internet?
  2. What are the key issues that government should play an active role in?
  3. How can governments improve their interaction with other stakeholders?

Following the World Café a Town Hall meeting will be held at the IGF 2013 in Bali, Indonesia on 25 October 2013 from 9h00 to 10h30.

In addition, this initiative was further reinforced with the launch of a new ITU crowdsourcing platform specifically developed to gather ideas and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing: We invite to share your ideas and inputs using this multistakeholder collaborative platform.  

For information please refer to the Communiqué

Mobile industry leaders to harness technology for development

The First Advisory Board Meeting of the m-Powering Development Initiative was held on 15th October 2013 at ITU. In line with the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and principles of the information society, the m-Powering Initiative is the result of a series of ITU activities aimed at expanding and enhancing telecommunications services with a focus on the developing world.

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The Advisory Board, which will meet twice a year, is composed of leaders in the telecom fraternity with a track record of making a real difference in the field of m-Powering development. This includes eminent personalities from diverse backgrounds with a range of interests and expertise in the mobile industry.

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Under the chairmanship of Mr Sam Pitroda, CEO of C-Sam and Technology Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, the Advisory Board convened to provide strategic direction for the development and implementation of the m-Powering Initiative.

For more information, please visit the m-Powering Initiative website

Industry leaders convened at ITU to promote the Smart Sustainable Development Model Initiative

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Industry leaders met in an advisory capacity on 18th October 2013 to promote ITU’s Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative. The first meeting of the Advisory Board brought together leaders of the telecom sector to leverage the transformational power of ICTs to push forward innovation and change at all levels.

The Advisory Board is composed of eminent personalities with a range of interests and expertise in emergency telecommunications and sustainable development. They include policy makers, satellite operators, regulators and service providers.

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Under the chairmanship of Mr John M. Nasasira, Minister of Information and Communications Technology of Uganda, the Advisory Board issued a call for action to urgently address the needs of those who are most vulnerable to natural disasters.

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To find out more about the Initiative or get involved please visit the website

Young Innovators' Competition

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ITU Telecom has announced the winners of its third annual Young Innovators’ Competition. Open to young social entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 26 from around the world, the competition seeks innovative digital solutions in the form of start-ups or initial concepts meeting global developmental challenges. The winners will be heading to ITU Telecom World 2013, the leading networking, solutions showcasing and knowledge-sharing event for the global ICT community in Bangkok, Thailand, 19-22 November.

To find out who the winners are visit:

Child Online Protection Strategy Framework workshop for Oman

ITU-IMPACT together with Oman will organize a Child Online Protection Strategy Framework workshop for Oman to take place 27-29 October, 2013 in Muscat Oman. The main objective of the workshop is to assist national stakeholders in planning and deploying an effective and practical approach to COP that can be implemented in the country. The main outcome of the programme is that the stakeholders gain a deeper understanding of the tools and resources at their disposal, build relationships with participating COP experts and implement a practical strategy framework for the country.

11th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS)

11th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS),
4-6 December 2013,
Mexico City

WTIS 2013

The WTIS 2013 will feature an international high-level panel debate on the topics of monitoring international development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development goals, as well as national coordination. The other sessions of the WTIS 2013 will address topics such as data quality assurance, measuring ICT and gender, and digital broadcasting. WTIS will also discuss the topic of big data and evolving areas in the mobile sector, such the measurement of machine-to-machine connections and LTE-advanced services.

WSIS+10 High-Level Event

Open Consultation Process

Phase Three

Second Physical Meeting, 16-18 December 2013, Room Popov, ITU Headquarters, Geneva

 • Documents for Comments: Zero Drafts with Consolidated Texts for Chapter C of the WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS beyond 2015

 • Register

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WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2012-2013

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