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!
WSIS Forum 2012
WSIS Forum registration is open
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:
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.
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
For more information
We are pleased to announce
the partners of WSIS Forum 2012
Partners for specific
4147 members are
part of WSIS Stocktaking Platform.
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.
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
Kindly, view below some of the latest entries
submitted to the report:
- Nigeria: SchoolTool Nigeria Project.
- Peru: Electronic Registration
- 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.
- Iran (Islamic Republic of): Iran
- Costa Rica: Costa Rica National
- Dominican Republic: Programa
Internet Sano República Dominicana.
- Algeria: Computer network of the
- United Republic of Tanzania:
Integration of information society for all
to education for all.
- Italy: OportUnidad.
- India: Building A Community Newswire
- Gabon: The role and impact of Youth
- Lithuania: The Lithuanian
Information Society Development Programme
- Netherlands: Bits4Green.
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
The embeddable interface of WSIS Stocktaking
can also be found on the e-agriculture platform and UNDESA
If you would like to have the embeddable
interface on your website, kindly send us
the request to
Be part of WSIS Project Prizes 2012!
- Phase 1:
The Project submissions phase
concluded by receiving more than
- Phase 2:
Voting Process has started and will
10th of April
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
- Interactive Session:
WSIS Project Prizes
Tuesday (15th May)
WSIS Project Prizes Showcasing-Part2 on
Wednesday (16th May)
information please visit
United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)
For more information on
UNGIS related activities for the year 2011-2012
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
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
ITU and G3ict also co-produce
the e-accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with
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
AL C7 - e-Agriculture
ICT for climate-smart agriculture and "green growth":
Online forum 5-16
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
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.
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
- Eric Seuret, Technology
Consultant, Syngenta Foundation for
- Pierre Sibiry Traore, Remote
Sensing Scientist and Head, GIS,
International Crops Research Institute for
Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
- Pai-Yei Whung, Science Adviser,
Join the discussion at
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
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:
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
Encourage Girls To Ride The Tech Wave To A
Tuesday, 6 March, 2012, United Nations
Headquarters - New York
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.
encourage girls to ride the tech wave to
a brighter future” FLYER:
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
information please visit
Making Television Accessible
Mobile Technologies and
Empowerment: Enhancing human development
through participation and innovation
Submitted by WSIS Stakeholders
Multi-dimensional Challenges Facing Digital
Youth and their Consequences
Submitted by e Worldwide Group
ITAN WSIS Report 2012 Mobile Africa Report
Submitted by Information Technology (Industry)
Association of Nigeria
ICC BASIS input to WSIS stocktaking 2012
Submitted by International Chamber of
Nigeria Country Contribution to WSIS
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
Roadmap to Transform Education System to
Submitted by e
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