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This Draft Outcome Document is a compilation of reports submitted by all session organizers. In case of any comments or remarks, please submit them to wsis-info@itu.int, not later than 27 May 2011.

Introduction

WSIS Forum 2011 was held from 16- 20 May 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum provided structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. The Forum was hosted by ITU and jointly organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP. The Forum took place at the ILO Conference Center. This event built upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders.

The Forum has attracted more than 1150 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries. Several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community graced the Forum, more than 20 ministers and Deputies, Ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributed passionately towards the programme of the Forum. Among participants there were more than 80 members of parliament, as well as several C-level representatives of the private sector and civil society. Remote participation was an integral component of the WSIS Forum over 1000 stakeholders followed and contributed to the outcomes of the event in a remote manner from all parts of world. Onsite networking was facilitated by the imeetYouatWSIS online community platform. More than 250 on-site participants have actively used the tool prior and during the event which has facilitated in fruitful networking leading to win-win partnerships.

Action Line Facilitators from various UN agencies, regional commissions, the private sector, governments and civil society not only reported and assessed their own efforts towards WSIS implementation and follow-up, but also shared their future plans to achieve the targets set in the WSIS Outcome documents. Programme of the Forum consisted of more than 100 sessions structured in 12 different types of meetings in 6 parallel streams.

Acknowledgements: Contributions towards the content of the WSIS Forum 2011 Outcome Document.

  • CECIDE (centre du commerce international pour le développement)

  • Government of Congo (Unit Department of Posts, Telephones and Telecommunications)

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