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2 July 2015 Consultations on the Implementation of Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at UN Headquarters

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On 2 July 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly will convene informal interactive consultations with stakeholders on the review of implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The provisional programme for this event is available here: http://bit.ly/2July-WSIS10-programme. The event will be web cast live at http://webtv.un.org/ and videos of the sessions will be available in the archive at that link for later viewing.

These consultations are part of the preparatory process for the 15-16 December 2015 (Date TBC) UN General Assembly high-level meeting on WSIS+10, and follow a 1 July UN Member State preparatory meeting.

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS facilitated a short nomination / application process to identify stakeholder speakers in the 2 July WSIS+10 consultations, working in collaboration with a stakeholder Selection Committee. UN-NGLS worked with ITU, UNCTAD, UNESCO, and UN DESA on outreach for this process. The membership of the Committee is listed at the bottom of this article.

Background

In December of 2003, the world came together in Geneva at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to declare a "common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society," and thereby ushered in an era of harnessing the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The resulting Geneva Plan of Action established targets and the eleven action lines, which guide development in specific areas.

The second phase of WSIS, conducted in Tunis in 2005, built upon the achievements of the Geneva Plan, with the resulting Tunis Agenda addressing additional issues, such as financing and internet governance. Paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda requested the General Assembly to undertake the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015.  This review "will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly in December 2015, to be preceded by an intergovernmental process that also takes into account inputs from all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society," as specified in UN General Assembly Resolution 68/320.

The web site for the WSIS+10 review is: http://unpan3.un.org/wsis10/

The preliminary roadmap for the WSIS+10 review is available here:
http://workspace.unpan.org/sites/Internet/Documents/WSIS review preliminary timeline_v5.pptx.pdf

Stakeholder Selection Committee Members:

Ali Riza Babaoglan - A New Leader
Vinod Singh - CCLP WORLDWIDE
Richard    Hill - Associate for Proper Internet Governance
Ian Peter - Internet Governance Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG)
Remmy Nweke - DigitalSENSE Africa Media
Ebenezer Kwaku Ofori Atiapa - EKO ICT
Nick Ashton-Hart - ICT Consultant
Dennis    Anderson Nabu – Knowledge Transfer Beyond Boundaries
Shreedeep Rayamajhi - Rayznews.com
Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud - International Chamber of Commerce
Carlo Angeles - Somos el Presente
Pablo Hinojosa - APNIC
Anriette Esterhuysen - Association for Progressive Communications
Analía Aspis - National Scientific and Technical Research Council
Jane Coffin - Internet Society
Ellen Blackler - The Walt Disney Company
Nicole Yanes - International Indian Treaty Council
Reza Salim - BFES-Bangladesh Friendship Education Society

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.

 


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