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WSIS Forum 2018

WSIS Forum 2018

WSIS Forum 2018 will be held from 19-23 March at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF, UNIDO,UNHCR and UN Regional Commissions).

It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.

In follow up to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (Res. A/70/125) and with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Preparatory Process

The WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme and agenda are completely crowdsourced. Therefore, as organizers, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, are pleased to announce the Open Consultation Process on thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2018. The process aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum, scheduled to be held from 19-23 March at ITU in Geneva. This process actively engages governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the technical community and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process to ensure broad ownership and further improvements of the Forum. The Open Consultation Process will include a collection of inputs from regional and national WSIS related events and the physical meetings of the Open Consultation Process will benefit from remote participation.

The launch of the open consultations took place on Tuesday 19 September 2017, 17:00 - 18:00 in Room H at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Remote participation facilities were available for this meeting. The organizers invite all WSIS Stakeholders to contribute to the preparatory process.

WSIS Forum 2018 : Open consultation process launch

WSIS Forum 2018 Open Consultation Phases

  • Phase I: 19 September 2016 - Opening of the Open Consultations Process.
  • Phase II: 20 December 2017 - First Physical Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Phase III: 24 January 2018 - Second Physical Meeting, ITU Headquarters, Geneva

  • Phase IV: 30 January 2018 - Deadline for Submissions of Official Contributions and Binding Requests for Workshops

  • Phase V: 19 February 2018 - Final Brief on the WSIS Forum 2018, ITU Headquarters, Geneva

Open Call for High-Level Track Facilitators

At with the WSIS Forum 2018, High-level Policy Sessions of the High-level Track will take place on 20 and 21 March. The Policy Sessions will be moderated by High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs) nominated and identified by each stakeholder type i.e Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Technical/Academic community and International Organization. The main task of the HLTF is to capture the vision, Identify emerging trends, opportunities and challenges shared by the leaders of their session.

The concluding session of the High-level Track will take place on the 21 March. During the concluding session the WSIS Forum 2018 Chairman will provide an Executive Summary, giving a platform for all the HLTFs to submit the outcomes of their respective policy session. These will be captured in a publication entitled "WSIS Forum 2018: Policy Statements and Executive Brief".

Each stakeholder type is invited to launch an Open Call to identify HLTFs to represent their respective communities. The names of the nominated representatives should be submitted to the WSIS Secretariat at: by 30 January 2018

Please note that all HLTFs are to cover their own expenses for travel, accommodation and insurance.

Photo Contest

The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum launched in 2017 its first-ever photo contest - asking WSIS stakeholders community to picture a more sustainable world, with the theme: Information and Knowledge Societies for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

WSIS Forum invited the community to picture how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are playing an enabling role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 251 photos were submitted and more than 53 were selected as finalists and participated in building a collage of ICTs for SDGs photographs from around the world.

Photos of projects, people, and organizations that are leveraging the power of ICTs to make difference were collected in the contest that ran from 2 March to 22 May 2017.

Photo Contest

The three winning entries in the WSIS photo contest were presented at the WSIS Forum 2017 12-16 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition the winners were invited join ITU's #ICT4SDG campaign. A dedicated Photo Exhibition was set up at the WSIS Forum 2017 attracting many visitors and positive feedback, and it continues to be exposed in the ITU HQ. All photos are also reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2017.

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WSIS Stocktaking Process: Call for New Entries and Regional Reports

WSIS Stocktaking

The New Call for the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2018 is launched!

Call for New Entries:

Submitted activities will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2018 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2018 (19-23 March 2018). The deadline for submission will be 9 February 2018. We invite all to continue following WSIS Flash and WSIS social media channels, and contribute to WSIS Stocktaking process.

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The WSIS Stocktaking process has been maintained by ITU since 2004 as requested by the WSIS Outcomes (TAIS, Para 120). This publicly accessible WSIS Stocktaking database (, currently with 9.000 plus entries and a growing community of 300.000 stakeholders, is a unique global tool for collecting information and regular reporting on information and communication technology related initiatives and projects, carried out by governments, international organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia and other entities, in the context of 11 WSIS Action Lines.

SHARE the news on this key global repository for collecting and reporting on ICT-related projects which implement the WSIS Outcomes and help advance sustainable development goals. Recommend to subscribe to WSIS Flash within your communities or follow WSIS Stocktaking, including WSIS Prizes, activities on our social media channels listed further below.

The 2017 edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report

Report on the WSIS Stocktaking 2017

The 2017 edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report is the continuation of the WSIS Stocktaking Report series. This ninth edition in the series reflects around 427 activities relating to ICTs for development, submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Platform for the period January 2016 - March 2017, each one highlighting the efforts deployed by stakeholders involved in implementation of the SDGs. The report is based on the multi-stakeholder approach, including input from stakeholders from all over the world responding to ITU's official call in 2016 for stocktaking updates and new entries. The inputs from WSIS action line facilitators and co-facilitators also contributed to the present report.

WSIS Prizes 2018

WSIS Prizes

New Call for WSIS Prizes 2018 is launched!

The WSIS Community is invited to submit ICT-related projects and initiatives that implement WSIS Outcomes and also help advance SDGs. The WSIS Prizes contest is an integral part of the WSIS stocktaking process and it was first held in 2012. It rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community, including the ICT4SDG community.

All WSIS Stakeholders are encouraged to SUBMIT their project descriptions to the WSIS Prizes contest from 11 September 2017 - 2 January 2018 . Check out the timeline for WSIS Prizes 2018:

  • The first phase: Submission phase, 11 September 2017 - 2 January 2018
    (Deadline for last submission: 23:00 Geneva time)

  • The second phase: Nomination phase, 3 January 2018 - 12 January 2018
    Revision of submitted projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of nominated projects

  • The third phase: Public Online Voting of Nominated Projects 12 January 2018 - 4 February 2018
    Iidentification of three projects per category with the highest number of votes (Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 Geneva time)

  • The fourth phase: Selection of winning projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of winning projects, 5 February 2018 - 9 February 2018

  • The fifth phase: Public announcement of winners during WSIS Prize 2018 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2018, and the release of publication “WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2017”, which is a compilation of extended descriptions of the 18 projects and 72 champion projects.

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United Nations Group on the Information Society


Background: In April 2006, UNGIS (United Nations Group on the Information Society) was endorsed by the UN-Chief Executives Board (CEB) as the new inter-agency mechanism with the main objective to coordinate substantive and policy issues facing the United Nations' implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Objective: UNGIS' objective is to develop extensive collaboration and partnerships among the CEB members in order to contribute to the achievement of the WSIS objectives, to help to maintain ICT-related issues as well as science and technology at the top of the UN Agenda and finally to mainstream ICT for Development issues in the mandate of CEB members.

To this end, UNGIS should complement and add value to existing programmes and projects by facilitating synergies and joint efforts, so as to maximize coordinated action, coherence and effectiveness of the support to countries in their efforts towards achieving the WSIS goals agreed upon by the international community.

Update: ITU took over the as the Chair of UNGIS during the UNGIS High-Level meeting at the WSIS Forum 2017.

UNGIS Chair and Vice Chairs (2017-2018)

  • Chair: ITU
  • Vice-Chairs: UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNDP and UNECA
  • Members: 32 UN Agencies
  • The annual High-level Meeting and the Working level Meeting of UNGIS took place during the WSIS Forum 2017 as an integral part of the Event.

UNGIS Members Calendar of Events

The annual UNGIS High-level and working-level meetings were held as an integral part of the WSIS Forum 2017. During these meetings the annual work plan was discussed and developed for 2017-2018.

One of the most important items discussed was the creation of the Calendar of Events organized by UNGIS members. Accordingly, ITU as the Chair of UNGIS is collecting information on all Forums, Workshops, Report Launches and other events to be organized by UNGIS Members.

It was also emphasized that in order to foster synergies and to promote joint efforts of UNGIS members, some events could be identified where members could contribute jointly by participating and/ or submitting joint contributions.

The upcoming events for the year 2017-2018 and already planned future events, are listed below:

  • Second Committee Side Event at 72nd UN General Assembly:

    The Future of Work: Making Decent Work a Reality

    United Nations, New York | 4 October 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ILO and UNDESA.

    • Description: The capacity to anticipate future challenges and outcomes related to the world of work in 2030 and to coordinate policy responses will be crucial to ensure successful achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The side event aims at exploring the impacts of emerging trends related to innovation and technology, demographics and structural economic transformation in the world of work as well as the processes of change that are accompanied by high levels of uncertainty and inequalities. It will explore a range of social and demographic changes, the need for inclusive and sustainable economies, the changing nature of the employment relationship, a shifting view of the role of government and legislation, and the impact this transformation is having globally on people and societies.

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  • Joint meeting ECOSOC and UN General Assembly Second Committee:

    The Future of Everything - Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change

    United Nations, New York | 11 October 2017, 10am - 1pm

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UNDESA and OESC.

    • Description: The joint meeting will seek to analyse key trends that have been observed in technology and innovation in recent years, with differentiated impacts on people and prosperity. It will aim to review how multilateral institutions, particularly the United Nations, should respond to the potential effects of scientific and technological progress. The discussions will particularly focus on identifying options to harness the potential of technological change to achieve sustainable development and to ensure that no one is left behind in an age of rapid technological change.

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  • Second Committee Side Event at 72nd UN General Assembly:

    Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: Harnessing Inclusive Innovation to Leave No One Behind

    United Nations, New York | 12 October 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UNCTAD and UNDESA.

    • Description: The side event will discuss how inclusive innovation can support the achievement of the SDGs as well as the policies, mechanisms, and processes that can support inclusive innovation in sustainable development, including well-functioning national ecosystem for innovation, international cooperation and diplomacy in science and technology, and public-private partnerships. Topics for discussion will include how governments can support inclusive innovation for national development strategies and harness ICTs for participatory governance and the provision of more efficient public service delivery. The side event will also explore the transformation potential of new technologies and will address concrete national and international steps required to ensure that innovation and technological change do not leave countries, communities, or people behind.

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  • Second Committee Side Event at 72nd UN General Assembly:

    Towards a Sustainable Future for All Women and Girls: Combatting Poverty and Promoting Gender Equality. A Data and Policy Perspective.

    United Nations, New York | 18 October 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UN-Women, the World Bank and UNDESA.

    • Description: UN-Women and the World Bank will present findings from a joint research and analysis initiative exploring how existing data can be used in innovative ways to expand the knowledge and understanding of the gender dimensions of poverty. The collaborative work analyses how variables such as sex, age, marital status, educational attainment and employment status of individuals correlate with their household characteristics, including poverty. The presentation of the data will be followed by a discussion on relevant policy responses, including presentations from leading researchers, experts and policy makers on innovative policy solutions that have had an impact on reducing poverty rates and contributed substantively to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

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  • First Session of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Steering Committee

    Dhaka, Bangladesh | 1-2 November 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCAP and the ICT Division of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and IT of Bangladesh, and hosted by the Government of Bangladesh.

    • Description: Meeting of ESCAP member governments and other stakeholders on identifying sub-regional ICT priorities as outlined by the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Master Plan.

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  • 4th International Conference on Big Data

    Bogota, Colombia | 8-10 November 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UNDESA/UNSD in collaboration with UN Global Working Group on Big Data, National Statistical Office (DANE) and the Ministry of ICT of Colombia.

    • Description: Data collaboratives are a new challenge and new opportunity for the community of official statistics - in relation to Big Data, to the SDGs, to the sharing of data, services, technologies, and know how.

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  • EGM on the Implementation of the Arab Internet Governance Roadmap 2.0 (and/or AIGF6) (2018) , (AIGF 2018)

    Lebanon | November 2018

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCWA with the League of Arab States

    • Description: This event is a continuation of ESCWA Internet governance initiatives. Its main goal is the implementation of the new version of the Arab Internet Governance Roadmap.

  • The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Steering Group Meeting for North and Central Asia & East and North-East Asia Sub-Regions

    Xian, People's Republic of China | 12-13 December 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCAP and the Government of the People's Republic of China.

    • Description: Sub-regional Steering Group Meeting of North and Central Asia & East and North-East Asia Sub-Regions on the implementation of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Master Plan.

  • Expert Group Meeting on Arab Internet Governance Roadmap 2.0 - The Next Decade

    Lebanon | 13-14 December 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: ESCWA with the League of Arab States.

    • Description: This event is a continuation of ESCWA Internet governance initiatives. Its main goals are the discussion and adoption of the new version of the Arab Internet Governance Roadmap.

  • IGF 2017

    Geneva, Switzerland | 18-21 December 2017

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UNDESA, Government of Switzerland.

    • Description: The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring various stakeholder groups in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet and facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.

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  • 2018 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum)

    UN HQ | 23-26 April 2018

    • Organized / Co-organized by: President of ECOSOC, with support from UN DESA/Financing for Development Office.

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  • Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) 2018

    New York, USA | 23- 27 April 2018

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UNDESA.

    • Description: The Provisional Agenda for the 17th Session of CEPA lists the following items:

      • Readying institutions and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

      • Building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

      • Supporting the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies: enhancing and equipping institutions.

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  • High Level Political Forum 2018

    New York, USA | TBA

    • Organized / Co-organized by: UNDESA.

    • Description: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.

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WSIS Fund in Trust

WSIS Fund in Trust

Call for Contributions 2018

The WSIS Trust Fund was established in 2011 with the adoption of Plenipotentiary Conference Resolution 140. Council Resolution 1332 as modified by ITU Council in May 2016 takes into account the outcomes of the United Nations General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and resolves to maintain the fund to support ITU activities to facilitate the implementation of WSIS outcomes, calls for partnerships and strategic alliances, and invites the ITU Membership to make voluntary contributions to the fund.

Since its creation, information on the WSIS Trust Fund and stakeholder contributions has been reflected the dedicated website of the WSIS Fund in Trust.

List of Contributors to the WSIS Fund in Trust 2017:
Japan, Poland, Philippines, Rwanda, Switzerland, World's Global Telecom, IEEE, GeSI, ICANN, Internet Society (ISOC), and VEON, IFIP, CMAI, TEMA India and Swiss Engineering.

All ITU membership is encouraged to make a contribution to the fund for the year 2018, and all stakeholders are invited to partner with the WSIS Forum 2018.

The WSIS Forum 2018 partnership packages in six UN Languages will be available soon here.

EQUALS in Tech Awards

We have extended the deadline for the EQUALS in Tech Awards!

There's still time to nominate outstanding initiatives that use the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls, for the prestigious EQUALS in Tech Awards. Nominations are being accepted until 29 September 2017, with submissions encouraged from around the globe!

The annual EQUALS in Tech Awards (formerly the GEM Tech Awards) by ITU and UN Women recognizes work around the globe helping to narrow the gender digital divide in 3 Areas: Access, Skills and Leadership.

Nominate an individual or organization working to make a difference at

EQUALS in Tech Awards

Online Open Consultation on the topic of "Bridging the Digital Gender Divide"

ITU's Council Working Group on International Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet) has launched an Online Open Consultation on the topic of "Bridging the Digital Gender Divide". The questions of the open consultation and further details on the consultation process will be published on the ITU website by Monday, 2 October 2017.

The deadline for online submissions will be 23 December 2017. The Online Consultation will be followed by a Physical Open Consultation meeting to be held on 22 January 2018 at the ITU HQs in Geneva, Switzerland.

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