September 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

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Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,


This month we are celebrating the first anniversary of the WSIS Flash! We thank all partners and stakeholders for their interesting contributions, constant support and engagement. Through the WSIS Flash we aim to provide a platform for updates on all WSIS related activities. We would like to encourage all stakeholders to contribute to the WSIS Flash, and are dedicating a section called "From the Stakeholders" for this purpose, this section will include stories of implementation and action.

Displaying enhanced partnerships and commitment of Action Line focal points in the WSIS Process, we invite Mr Torbjörn Fredriksson, Focal Point of Action Line C7 (e-Business), as the Guest Editor of the September issue of the WSIS Flash.


Best Regards,


Guest Editor: UNCTAD - Focal Point for Action line C7 (e-Business)


It is a privilege to be the Guest Editor of this issue of the WSIS Flash, especially as it celebrates its first anniversary. It provides an opportunity to reflect upon the continuing collaborative effort in the area of ICT4D and to share with you some information about the related work of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

In these turbulent times we need to be on constant look-out for innovative ways of addressing various development challenges. Improved access to ICTs in most developing countries in the past few years has greatly expanded the scope for leveraging ICTs as an enabler for economic and social development. Take mobile phones as an example. In the least developed countries, the penetration level shot up from only 5 mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2005 to more than 30 in 2010. This has, among other things, made the mobile the most preferred ICT tool among small businesses in these countries. The growing use of social media is another example, making it possible for enterprises to do things in novel ways.

In our forthcoming Information Economy Report 2011, to be released on 19 October, UNCTAD stresses the need to harness the evolving ICT landscape more systematically and comprehensively to promote private sector development. For example, when designing strategies to promote enterprise development, donors should look for ways to make initiatives more effective by leveraging ICTs. Many similar cases exist in other areas, such as rural development, health, education and governance.

Making sure that the opportunities created by ICTs are seized upon requires effective collaboration among UN agencies and their partners. This is precisely why the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) was established – to mainstream the Information Society Agenda into all development work. One of the most important tasks for UNGIS during this year is to advocate for better reflection of the WSIS goals in the UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs). This issue was highlighted in ECOSOC Resolution 2009/7, which noted with regret that the revised guidelines for United Nations country teams on preparing common country assessments and UNDAF still do not reflect the recommendations of the WSIS outcome documents nor do they contain an ICT component.

I am hopeful that UNGIS work in this area will make a difference and that our common efforts will hopefully bear fruit. We cannot afford to miss any chance to exploit the development opportunities that are emerging in the new ICT landscape.


Torbjörn Fredriksson
ICT Analysis Section & Focal Point for Action line C7 (e-Business) UNCTAD



United Nations Group on the Information Society


UNGIS Open Consultation Process on the Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes.

The second Physical Meeting of the WSIS +10 was held at ITU on the 20th of September. The Draft Plan of Action was presented to the participants. Please find below links to the virtual meeting room and the documents presented:

For more information please visit



WSIS Forum 2011

Outcome Document


WSIS Forum 2011 Outcome Document is a compilation of session summaries/outcomes submitted to the WSIS Secretariat by the organizations responsible for their respective sessions. This is a live document, please feel free to submit additional information to the WSIS secretariat at A new revised version of the WSIS Forum 2011: Outcome Document was released this month. The outcome document is available here.



WSIS Forum 2012

WSIS Forum 2012 is scheduled to be held from 14th-18th May 2012 at ILO, Geneva, Switzerland. WSIS Forum 2012 is scheduled to be held from 14th-18th May 2012 at ILO, Geneva, Switzerland.

Open Consultations for WSIS Forum 2012 are planned as follows:

  • 11 October – Launch of the Open Consultations

  • November – Preparatory Meeting- Submission of Official Statements and Online Discussion

  • 15 January – Closing of the Online Discussion

  • 20 January - Submission of the Official Contributions

  • 15 February - Final Review Meeting

  • 15 April – Final Briefing on the WSIS Forum 2012



WSIS Stocktaking  

WSIS Stocktaking: Call for Update and New Entries, 2011– 2012

The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and share knowledge and experiences of projects by replicating successful models. All WSIS stakeholders are invited to update their entries and to add new information to the public database ( Information submitted to the public database will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2012 which will be officially launched during the WSIS Forum 2012 and submitted to the 15th Session of CSTD. We look forward to receiving your responses and any other associated documentation by 15 January 2012. 

The official call is available in Arabic, English, Spanish, French Russian, Chinese
To download the questionnaire, please click  here.
We encourage you to submit the entries trough the online questionnaire.


All stakeholders have an opportunity to showcase their success stories, search for partners and funding opportunities, exchange experiences and network, benefit from the Global Events Calendar, Global Repository, WSIS Lab, Online Forums and Blogs by using the Web 2.0 WSIS Stocktaking online platform.



ITU TELECOM World 2011

Taking place at Geneva-Palexpo from October 24-27, ITU Telecom World 2011 will bring together leading stakeholders from government, industry and research sectors worldwide to debate the future ICT landscape, share visions and knowledge and find working solutions to real-world challenges. Heads of Government and State, ministers, mayors, industry CEOs, digital innovators and technology gurus will participate in a dynamic, interactive programme of debate, workshops and panel discussions on core ICT topics, such as the benefits and dangers of cloud computing, privacy and security issues of social networking, or new forms of collaboration between people and objects in the Internet of Things.

Running in parallel to the central forum of debates is the Technical Symposium, delving in-depth into industry-critical issues at the technological cutting edge, whilst the Digital Cities’11 conference invites international experts on city development to collaborate on re-imagining the data-driven connected city of the future. Across the packed showfloor, National Pavilions display the best of national and regional advancements from all corners of the globe, interactive Smart Living showcases demonstrate the application of digital products and services to daily life and the short-listed winners of the Young Innovators and Digital Innovators competitions present the best of tomorrow’s talent.

Be part of it – register now for the world’s leading networking and knowledge-sharing platform for connected technologies. For more information please visit:

ITU Green Standards Week

Open call for entries to the Broadband Commission Sharehouse  This open call for entries aims at reinforcing the high-level debate and policy statements that will take place at the Broadband Leadership Summit, to be held from 24-25 October 2011 at ITU TELECOM World 2011. The open call for entries invitation letter is available here.


Online Forum on e-Agriculture

New Online Forum on e-Agriculture:
 "Challenges and Opportunities for Capturing Impact in ICT initiatives in Agriculture"

From 25 September to 6 October 2011 Katalyst and e-Agriculture will organize an online forum to discuss the challenges of linking impact with the use of ICTs in agriculture.

In the past few years, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives in agriculture have proliferated and the resources devoted to ICT in development portfolios have expanded in the hope that ICT can help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, rigorous field-tested knowledge about "what works and why" have been relatively scarce, as well as a deeper understanding of the enabling conditions and success factors in ICT for development initiatives.

As a result, there is a growing consensus in the development community that ICT will only become an effective and mainstream tool of poverty reduction and sustainable development if the proponents of ICT for development can provide more rigorous evidence, strategies, benchmarks, indicators, and good practices that are directly relevant to the core poverty-reduction and development priorities of developing countries and their international partners.

This forum will discuss the present practices and critical issues (regarding both implementation and monitoring) of ICT initiatives in agriculture.

For additional information about this online forum and the Subject Matter Experts leading the discussions, visit:


The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention will be held at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre (CCCI) in the majestic city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Theme of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention is “Prevention, minimization and recovery of wastes”.

The meeting will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 17 October, and conclude on Friday, 21 October 2011.

The working languages will be Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

COP 10 will play a particularly important role in determining the future of the Convention.

COP 10 presents a unique opportunity to achieve a paradigm shift, positioning waste management as a model area for achieving an environmentally and socially sound economy. By so doing, COP 10 could make a concrete contribution to Rio+20.

The new Strategic Framework for 2012-2021 should enable the Basel Convention to highlight the links between waste management and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The meeting will be paperless: in-session documents will be circulated electronically via a wireless intranet and on memory sticks. Printed documents will not be available.

For more information, please visit


Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:

Broadband Commission Report: A platform To Progress, executive summary

Broadband Commission Report: A platform to progress 

WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2011 

Mobile Africa Report 2011 

Measuring the Information Society 2011 

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Global Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

The Internet Governance Forum. The Sixth Annual IGF Meeting, 27-30 September 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

ITU Telecom World 2011, 24-27 October, Geneva, Switzerland

The 4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research 14-15 November, 2011,Cape Town,  South Africa

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