The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) + 10 High-Level Event, which started yesterday in Geneva, evaluates the progress made in the last decade in information and communication technologies (ICT) at the global level, based on the action plans resulting from the original WSIS process, a two-phased UN Summit held in 2003 (in Geneva) and 2005 (in Tunis). Apart from taking stock of the ICT developments so far (WSIS+10 Statement on the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes), WSIS+10 High-Level Event also aims to develop a vision for the next decade (WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015). These related documents were elaborated in the framework of the WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform.
The High-Level Event is structured as follows:
- 10-11 June: High-Level Track - focusing on the implementation of WSIS Outcomes
- 12 June: High-Level Dialogues - deliberations for Post 2015 Development Agenda based on Action Lines
- 12-13 June: Forum Track - covering thematic workshops, knowledge exchange, etc.
The Event opened on 10 June with High-Level policy statements made by representatives of UN specialised bodies, governments and telecommunications regulatory agencies, as well as representatives of stakeholders from the private and from the non-for-profit sector. The speeches during the Opening Ceremony in the morning highlighted the enabling and empowerment potential of ICT, its role in innovation, the progress in expanding broadband and improving the infrastructure, while recognising that around 60% of the world population is not yet online and more has to be done both for access and for inclusive participation in the governance of the Internet.
The afternoon was dedicated primarily to governmental interventions assessing the country-level developments in broadband coverage and mobile penetration, with particular focus on reaching women, marginalised communities and rural areas. What was repeatedly emphasized in the speeches was the role and impact of digital policies as cross-cutting various fields (agriculture, health, etc.)
If you are on-site, come visit us at the Geneva Internet Platform/Diplo exhibition booth in the ITU Montbrillant building (2, Rue Varembe). You can also follow and participate remotely - more details here.
Back to WSIS+10 High Level Event webpage.