WSIS Forum 2010, which marked the fifth anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society, was a successful event and gathered unprecedented number of participants. You can find details on the WSIS Forum 2010 webpage, they include: the final executive briefing, interviews, video clippings and webcast of the event.
The year 2011 paves the way for the path beyond the halfway point between the successful conclusion of the WSIS in 2005 and 2015, the year by which world leaders are committed to attain the internationally agreed development goals, including Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and WSIS targets. We need to redouble our efforts in the implementation of the decisions with the determination to meet our own commitments.
Taking into account the above mentioned considerations, several WSIS Stakeholders suggested holding the WSIS Forum 2011 in New York. It was considered that WSIS Forum 2011 in New York would offer several opportunities for further improving the WSIS process and would help: a) enlarge the geographic reach of the discussions on the implementation of the WSIS decisions b) enhance visibility of ICT debates in UN diplomatic circles of NY; which may result in better reflection of this aspect in the relevant UNGA resolutions concerning economic, social, educational and cultural development, particularly in the least developing countries, land-lock countries c) attract new stakeholders, including international organizations, private sector and civil society organizations active around the UN in New York, d) enhance participation of NY based organizations, including, UNDP, UNDESA, UNICEF, UNOCHA and others in WSIS implementation and follow-up process. It should also be noted that the move of the event to NY may entail some logistical challenges for organizers, may add to travel and visa expenses for participants as well as may have implications for planning of next annual session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, assisting ECOSOC as the focal point in follow-up of WSIS.
In this context, building upon discussions during the last WSIS Action Line Facilitators Meeting (14 May 2010) at WSIS Forum 2010, the organizers are pleased to invite all WSIS Stakeholders to participate in an Open Consultation to exchange their views on moving the venue of the WSIS Forum from Geneva to New York.
The multi-stakeholder on-line consultation will take place in three phases:
Phase One: 10th August – 10th September 2010: Online discussions at WSIS Community
Phase Two: Deadline for submitting official statements 12th September 2010
Phase Three: 13th – 14th September: Analysis of submitted official statements
Final Announcement of Results: 15th September 2010