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September 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

Measuring the Information Society

The 5th edition of the ITU Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report will be launched on 7 October 2013.

A launch event, which will feature a high-level panel debate, will take place from 11:30-13:00, in the ICT Discovery, Level 2, Montbrillant building, ITU headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Launch events will also take place in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Brasilia, Cairo, Geneva, Moscow and New York.

More information is available here


Internet-related public policy issues

The ITU Secretary-General has launched a series of informal consultations - called Open Talks - on Internet-related public policy issues, including the role of governments in the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. Open Talks will adopt informal, open and inclusive formats providing opportunities for anyone anywhere in the world to participate.

  1. A World Café on internet public policy at the ICT Discovery in ITU Headquarters, 8 October 2013, 18h15 - 20h15.
  2. A Town Hall meeting at IGF 2013, Bali, Indonesia, 25 October 2013, 9h00 - 10h30
  3. Online - through the use of interactive crowd-sourcing platform (expected launch date: 8 October 2013)

ITU SG Open Talks

The essence of the discussions during the informal consultations will inform the ITU Secretary-General's 'Information Document' to be submitted to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) in November 2013.

For information please visit the ITU Blog

WSIS Stocktaking

WSIS Project Prizes 2014

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

Detailed information about winners of WSIS Project Prizes 2013 is available in WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2013

Rima Kupryte, Director of EIFL “Receiving the 2013 WSIS Project Prize was a tremendous honour and important recognition that public libraries are powerful partners in development. Winning such an esteemed prize gave us extra validation that our innovative approach connecting libraries with technology is working. ”For more information please visit

“The victory of the Electronic licensing of Kazakhstan in the international WSIS Project Prizes 2013 competition served as a great incentive and became the pride of the entire project team, including both public authorities and the business community. High score of this national project allows demonstrating our project on the international arena. After receiving the award, the experts from several countries visited Kazakhstan for the purpose of learning more of our experience in introducing the project and plans for further development. We would be very glad if other Kazakhstan projects would take part in this important competition in future.” Mr. Ruslan Ensebayev, Chairman of the Board, NITEC, Kazakhstan

“Wining the prize means for me that even the small nations can give examples to all the world how design and execute projects in ICTs area in successful way that can make accessible the new technologies of Information and Communication for poor people according to Millennium Development Goals. Our team has received many congratulations not only in our country but also some other countries asked us for the advice and we are very glad to share our expertise and collaborate with those countries to help them to replicate the model.” Mr. Patricio Carvajal, Digital Literacy Director, Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society of Ecuador

“The contest and the prize were definitive to show our stakeholders the relevance of our project, make it bigger and to multiply our budget.” Mr. Santiago Amador, Director of ICT Adoption and Access, Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, Colombia

“It is important to win this contest because it gives official recognition to your work and confirms that you are doing the right thing. In the case of Child Helpline International, the WSIS prize gave us great motivation to keep engaging with the ITU and its members around the world in order to empower children and young people and to giving them a voice through communication technologies.” Mr. Thomas Mueller, Deputy Head of Programmes, Child Helpline International

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

During the WSIS process in 2004, stakeholders expressed their view that the public stocktaking database of WSIS-related implementation activities, structured according to the 11 WSIS Action Lines (Geneva Plan of Action), should be further maintained under the stewardship of ITU (see Tunis Agenda, § 120).

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).

In 2013, the new application for the database was introduced with additional features that allow stakeholders to use the database in a more efficient way. The users are able to access their account of projects/activities where they could track all recorded data and update/edit their existing WSIS related activities at any time.

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

The official documentation and questionnaire is available here

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ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2014

“Living in a converged world - impossible without standards?”, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 3-5 June 2014

In its sixth year, the ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference 2014 Living in a converged world - impossible without standards, will take place at The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SPbSUT), Russian Federation, 3-5 June 2014. K-2014 is calling for academic papers offering innovative approaches to research on the role of ICT standardization in today’s global economy characterized by accelerating convergence of industry sectors and technologies. The Call for Papers invites submissions until 25 November 2013. A prize fund totalling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers.The winning papers will be featured in a future special edition of IEEE Communications Magazine, with all papers available from the IEEE Xplore online catalogue. Young Author Recognition certificates will be also issued. For sponsorship opportunities please contact us at


WSIS+10 High-Level Event

Open Consultation Process

Invitation Letter: Invitation to Contribute

Phase One

 • Official Submission Form #1 on the Outcome Documents of the WSIS+10 High-Level Event

 • Official Submission Form #2 on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format

Deadline extended to 30 September
 (Midnight Geneva time)

Phase Two

First Physical Meeting, 7-8 October 2013, Room C, ITU Headquarters, Geneva

 • Register

 • Draft Agenda

WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2012-2013

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Global Events Calendar

Transform Africa

28-31 October 2013, Kigali, Rwanda

Africa's Future Delivered, Today

The Transform Africa Summit will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 28 to 31st October 2013.

Transform Africa is open to participants from around the world and is expected to attract over 1000 local, regional and international governments, innovators, companies, thought leaders and academia.

More Information


Global Repository

More than 109 WSIS related publications!

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National Case Study for Costa Rica on Child Online Protection

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