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February 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

Message from the WSIS Team

Dear WSIS Stakeholders,

As the WSIS Forum comes closer, we are in touch with several of you who are organizing Workshops during WSIS Forum 2012. We cherish this opportunity of interacting with you; thank you for sharing this wealth of information about WSIS related activities.

We would like to encourage all onsite participants of the WSIS Forum 2012 to use the imeetyouatWSISForum component to maximize their networking opportunities. Showcasing of projects from the ground continues to be one of our main focus, WSIS Project Prize winners will showcase their winning projects during the WSIS Forum 2012, do not forget to cast your vote and may the best performing projects win!

Measurement and statistics is an important criteria to not only evaluate our performance but also to take stock and plan. The UN Statistical Commission, during its 43rd session held in New York last week, fully endorsed the revised and extended core list of ICT indicators developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, congratulated the Partnership for its work and urged development partners to provide assistance on ICT statistical capacity building.

The Connect Arab Summit 2012 was held in Doha, Qatar from the 5th to 7th March. The Summit welcomed some 540 participants from 26 countries, including seven Heads of State or Government, 26 Ministers, and representatives from 18 international and regional organizations, 99 private sector companies and other stakeholders. It was convened to forge regional consensus on new strategies to boost infrastructure deployment, extend access to marginalized populations, and stimulate innovation and employment across the Arab region. The Summit closed with a communiqué endorsed by all participating governments from across the Arab region, which set out four key development goals around Access and Infrastructure; Digital Content; Cybersecurity; and Innovation. Please find more information below on the summit.

Please follow the WSIS Process twitter stream and Facebook page for all updated information till the next flash!

Best wishes
WSIS Team

WSIS Forum 2012

WSIS Forum registration is open at www.wsis.org/forum. We have launched imeetyouatWSISForum as an extension of the forum, to help you meet other attendees, start conversations, interact with scheduled speakers and build your personalized schedule of sessions. All onsite participants will be able to use this facility, please complete your profile at: www.wsis.org/imeet

To enable participation of stakeholders unable to travel to Geneva, we have integrated Remote Participation facilities for the five days of the Forum. Information on Remote Participation will be available soon.

The draft agenda is available on the WSIS Forum 2012 website, session descriptions and panelists will be available by 20th of March.

We have introduced a “Who’s speaking at WSIS section”, this section will give you a glimpse of the speakers at WSIS Forum 2012.

For more information please visit www.wsis.org/forum


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WSIS Stocktaking

More than 4147 members are part of WSIS Stocktaking Platform. Join us!

WSIS Stocktaking Report 2012

The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and to share knowledge and experiences of projects by replicating successful models.

The 2012 edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report is the continuation of the WSIS Stocktaking Report series.

The 4th edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report will reflect more than 1000 latest WSIS related activities, highlighting the efforts undertaken by stakeholders involved in the WSIS process. The report provides the overview of activities related to 11 Action Lines for the period 2010-2012.

The ITU would like to take this opportunity to express its sincere gratitude to all stakeholders who have contributed to the WSIS stocktaking Report. The list of the organizations that have contributed to the report will be reflected in the Annexure 1 of the report.

Kindly, view below some of the latest entries submitted to the report:

  • Nigeria: SchoolTool Nigeria Project. View Project
  • Peru: Electronic Registration Certificate. View Project
  • Morocco: Develop Online tools and a National digital NGO’s network & Data base to promote and protect children’s rights in all regions of Morocco. View Project
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of): Iran Portal. View Project
  • Costa Rica: Costa Rica National Broadband Strategy. View Project
  • Dominican Republic: Programa Internet Sano República Dominicana. View Project
  • Algeria: Computer network of the trade register. View Project
  • United Republic of Tanzania: Integration of information society for all to education for all. View Project
  • Italy: OportUnidad. View Project
  • India: Building A Community Newswire Service. View Project
  • Gabon: The role and impact of Youth Organizations. View Project
  • Lithuania: The Lithuanian Information Society Development Programme 2011–2019. View Project
  • Netherlands: Bits4Green. View Project

For more information, please consult WSIS Stocktaking Database.

The WSIS Stocktaking online platform provides all stakeholders with an opportunity to showcase their success stories, search for partners and funding opportunities, exchange experiences and network amongst each other. In addition, all stakeholders can benefit from the Global Events Calendar, Global Repository, WSIS Lab, Online Forums and Blogs by using the Web 2.0 WSIS Stocktaking online platform www.wsis.org/stocktaking

The embeddable interface of WSIS Stocktaking can also be found on the e-agriculture platform and UNDESA website.

If you would like to have the embeddable interface on your website, kindly send us the request to wsis-stocktaking@itu.int

Be part of WSIS Project Prizes 2012!

WSIS Project Prizes 2012

  • Phase 1: The Project submissions phase concluded by receiving more than 170 projects from 50 countries.
  • Phase 2: Voting Process has started and will last until 10th of April 2012 at www.wsis.org/stocktaking/prizes

The Prize Ceremony will be held on 14th May during the WSIS Forum 2012 where the winners will be announced.

A compilation of detailed project descriptions of the winning projects will serve as the basis for the "WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2012".

The following WSIS Project Prizes 2012 events are scheduled to be held during WSIS Forum 2012:

  • Interactive Session: WSIS Project Prizes Showcasing-Part1 on Tuesday (15th May)
  • Interactive Session: WSIS Project Prizes Showcasing-Part2 on Wednesday (16th May)


For more information please visit www.wsis.org/stocktaking

United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)

For more information on UNGIS related activities for the year 2011-2012 please visit www.ungis.org

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Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

The UN Statistical Commission, during its 43rd session held in New York last week, fully endorsed the revised and extended core list of ICT indicators developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, congratulated the Partnership for its work and urged development partners to provide assistance on ICT statistical capacity building.

For more information please visit www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/partnership/

AL C3 - Access to Information and Knowledge


Making Television Accessible

This report is published in cooperation with G3ict – The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, whose mission is to promote the ICT accessibility dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities www.g3ict.org.

ITU and G3ict also co-produce the e-accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities www.e-accessibilitytoolkit.org and jointly organize awareness raising and capacity building programmes for policy makers and stakeholders involved in accessibility issues around the world.

Please read the complete report here http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/sis/PwDs/Documents/Making_TV_Accessible-E-BAT.pdf

AL C7 - e-Agriculture

e-Agriculture

ICT for climate-smart agriculture and "green growth":
Online forum 5-16 March 2012

The World Bank, FAO and the e-Agriculture community invite you to explore how information and communication technologies (ICT) can support "green growth" and climate-smart agriculture. Join the discussion now at http://www.e-agriculture.org/forums/current-forum

Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase productivity while reducing contributions to climate change. Success is essential in order to provide enough food for the world’s population and to mitigate environmental damage. ICT holds real promise in two particular areas: as tools for land use planning and management; and, as risk management tools for climate change adaptation. This will be the focus of the two week online discussion.

Share your experiences, ask questions to the subject matter experts, and explore new areas for ICT to have a positive impact on agriculture and climate change.

Subject Matter Experts:

  • Marjory-Anne Bromhead, Natural Resource Management Adviser, World Bank
  • Ademola Braimoh, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, World Bank
  • Dr Bruce Campbell, Director, Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security, CGIAR
  • Dr Elizabeth Dodsworth, Global Director for Knowledge Management, CABI
  • Rodomiro Ortiz, Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Reuben Sessa, Natural Resources Officer, FAO
  • Eric Seuret, Technology Consultant, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Pierre Sibiry Traore, Remote Sensing Scientist and Head, GIS, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • Pai-Yei Whung, Science Adviser, World Bank


Join the discussion at http://www.e-agriculture.org/forums/current-forum

This is the second in a series of discussions following the publication of the "ICT in Agriculture" Sourcebook, responding to the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes.

Connect Arab Summit 5-7 March 2012, Doha (Qatar)

Connect Arab Summit

BUILD. INNOVATE. EMPOWER.

The Summit welcomed some 540 participants from 26 countries, including seven Heads of State or Government, 26 Ministers, and representatives from 18 international and regional organizations, 99 private sector companies and other stakeholders. It was convened to forge regional consensus on new strategies to boost infrastructure deployment, extend access to marginalized populations, and stimulate innovation and employment across the Arab region.

The Connect Arab Summit closed with a communiqué endorsed by all participating governments from across the Arab region, which set out four key development goals around Access and Infrastructure; Digital Content; Cybersecurity; and Innovation. The full text of the communiqué can be found at: www.itu.int/ITU-D/connect/arabstates/communique.asp.

Connectivity commitments and partnerships announced during the event included:

  • A project between ITU and the League of Arab States to establish a ‘dot Arab’ domain name. UAE announced that it would host this important new domain.
  • An Arab Women’s Literacy project involving ITU, ALESCO and UAE designed to empower women in the region with ICT skills in Arabic.
  • A project between ITU and the Linux Professional Institute to promote open source software training and certification.
  • A broadband toolkit to be developed by the World Bank, along with a regional broadband connectivity study to support additional infrastructure investment and an employment study focusing on the West Bank/Gaza.


International Telecommunication Union and Girls in ICT at Commission on the Status of Women

Connect Arab Summit

How To Encourage Girls To Ride The Tech Wave To A Brighter Future

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012, United Nations Headquarters - New York

International Telecommunication Union organized a side event “How to encourage girls to ride the tech wave to a brighter future” at the recently held fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 9 March 2012.

Girls in ICT

“How to encourage girls to ride the tech wave to a brighter future” FLYER: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/csw56/side_events/ITU_Flyer.pdf

ITU’s Side Event at the CSW56 was one of the promotional events towards the celebration of the International Girls in ICT Day on 26 April 2012.

For more information please visit http://girlsinict.org/events

Global Repository

Recently submitted publications:


Making Television Accessible
Submitted by ITU

Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation
Submitted by WSIS Stakeholders

Multi-dimensional Challenges Facing Digital Youth and their Consequences
executive summary
Submitted by e Worldwide Group

ITAN WSIS Report 2012 Mobile Africa Report 2011
Submitted by Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria

ICC BASIS input to WSIS stocktaking 2012
Submitted by International Chamber of Commerce

Nigeria Country Contribution to WSIS Stocktaking 2012
Submitted by Ministry of Communication Technology

Study on safe habits in the use of smartphones by Spanish children and adolescents
Submitted by National Institute of Communication

Roadmap to Transform Education System to Increase Access
Submitted by e Worldwide Group

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