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October 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.

WSIS-SDG matrixITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP welcome all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2016. This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders. The WSIS Forum 2016 Open Consultation process on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format will be launched soon. The Open Consultation Process aims at ensuring the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum 2016 by actively engaging governments, civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory 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.

In context of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the WSIS Forum will evolve and adapt, considering facilitation of strengthening linkages between the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs, taking into account the outcomes of the UNGA Overall Review.

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.

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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.

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.

All stakeholders are invited to submit entries online at 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.

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS StocktakingThe 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 is under construction and will be launched in October 2015, 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.

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.

Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes by UNGA

Second WSIS+10 Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultations

19 October 2015, 10 a.m. - 6. p.m. - United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

2nd Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation

We would like to remind all WSIS Stakeholders that the President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly will convene a second informal interactive WSIS stakeholder consultations with all relevant stakeholders on of the World Summit on the Information Society, to collect their inputs on the zero draft. This precedes the second preparatory meeting by Member States that will take place on 20-22 October 2015.

The consultation will provide all relevant WSIS stakeholders an opportunity to contribute their views on the zero draft in a day of interactive panel discussions with Member States and representatives from various multi-stakeholders.

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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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World Radiocommunication Conference 2015

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 27 November 2015, immediately after the Radiocommunication Assembly 2015 (RA-15) to be held from 26 to 30 October 2015.

World radiocommunication conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years. It is the job of WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous world radiocommunication conferences.


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Internet of Things (IoT)

Forum on Internet of Things: Empowering the New Urban Agenda

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 October 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) involves the interlinking of networks, devices and data that have thus far never been linked. It is the collective power of these utterly disparate elements that lies at the heart of the power of IoT and the smart city. As the quintessence the next big leap in the IoT evolution will be the coherence of efforts on all levels towards innovation. International standardization through public-private cooperation is therefore more indispensable than ever before to ensure that things, devices and processes speak the same language across multiple environments.

IoT Forum

This forum will discuss the role that Internet of Things (IoT) plays in relation to converging technologies for building smart sustainable cities with integrated ecosystems.

This forum will bring together smart city stakeholders, managers and engineers working with IoT applications, service providers planning on delivering IoT solutions, and policy and standards makers. It will assemble IoT experts from industry, government and academia.

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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.

Kaleidoscope 2015 (Barcelona, Spain, 9–11 December) will highlight ideas and research that will help ensure the Information Society’s growth in inclusivity and sustainability thanks to its trusted foundations. 31 papers (out of 96 submitted) have been selected for presentation at the conference and publication in IEEE Xplore. This year’s conference will also include the fifth edition of the Jules Verne’s corner Special Session “Preparing for data deluge”.

In parallel with the conference, an Exhibition of Local Universities will take place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

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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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