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Special Issue: November 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
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WSIS Forum Open Consultation Process
Open Consultation: Thematic Aspects and New Innovative Format

Dear WSIS Stakeholder,

We thank you for your active contribution to the ongoing WSIS Forum 2011 Open Consultation Process on the thematic aspects and a new innovative format for WSIS Forum 2011.

ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP would like to invite you to participate in the Preparatory Meeting hosted by ITU, and to be held on the 23rd of November, at Room No 4, International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), Geneva from 14:30 to 18:00 hrs. You can participate in the meeting onsite and as a remote participant. Details on remote participation will be available soon on the WSIS Forum 2011 website

It is mandatory to register to attend this meeting. To register please click here.

Please note that this is the second phase of the open consultation process for WSIS Forum 2011 as presented below.

Online Discussions

15 October - 15 November
WSIS Community website will provide an opportunity to discuss the WSIS Forum 2011 in an online format. In order to discuss the thematic focus online with others stakeholders please click here.
Preparatory Meeting

23 November, 14:30 Room 4, CICG
The preparatory meeting will take place on the 23 of November 2010 in Geneva. This will provide an opportunity to interact with WSIS Stakeholders and to brief them on the Preparatory Process of WSIS Forum 2011. To register please click here.
Submission of Official Contributions

Deadline: 15 December
In order to include and represent all views WSIS stakeholders are requested to submit official comments by filling in the online form no later than 15th December 2010.
Review Meeting

A review of all submitted comments will take place in the form of a physical meeting, scheduled to be held on the 2nd week of February 2011 in Geneva. Registration and Webcast information will be available soon.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

Previous Open Consultations
WSIS Forum 2011
Open Consultation On Venue

In order to ensure the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum 2011, the organizers announced an open consultation process on the Venue for the WSIS Forum 2011. The open consultation aimed at engaging governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector in discussing the venue for WSIS Forum 2011.

Stakeholders submitted their views recommending New York, Geneva, Paris and countries in the developing world as possible venues for the WSIS Forum 2011.

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WSIS Forum 2010
Open Consultation Process

The consultation was announced on 5 January 2010 and was structured in three steps as follows:

5 January to
5 February

Online discussions

5 February

Submission of official contributions

10 February

Final review meeting

Multiple stakeholders from 48 countries world wide participated in the open consultation process, first proactively discussing the Forum on the WSIS community platform and in the second phase, submitting over 110 contributions. Consequently in the last stage, the final review meeting of the WSIS Forum 2010 Open Consultations was held on 10th February 2010.

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