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Focus on World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2015

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015 will welcome a large number of WSIS stakeholders, including high-level delegates from around the world, to the ITU and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26 to 29 May 2015.

Focus on World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2015

The WSIS Forum aims to measure progress in the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines established during the two phases of WSIS (in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005) and to brainstorm innovation and progress in information and communications technologies (ICTs). 

The WSIS Forum is one of the world’s largest annual meetings of the ICT for development (ICT4D) community. It is co-organized by an impressive coalition of UN agencies and international organizations, including ITU, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in close collaboration with WIPO, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), UN Women and the United Nations Regional Commissions. This global gathering has already been recognized as an efficient platform where multi-stakeholders collaborate for a just and equitable information society. This unique UN Forum engages multiple stakeholders to discuss issues raised related to ICTs, particularly in the area of sustainable development.

The 2015 Agenda

The agenda and programme of the WSIS Forum 2015 have been designed in collaboration with the multi-stakeholders based on the official submissions received during the Open Consultation Process on the thematic aspects and innovations. Involving all WSIS Stakeholders (governments, civil society, private sector entities, academia and UN agencies), this process aims to ensure an active, inclusive and constant participation of different players during the event. The process began in November 2014, is structured in five phases and includes online submissions and physical meetings.

Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development

The key themes of the 2015 WSIS Forum are: Innovation; accessibility; gender empowerment and mainstreaming (Beijing+20); sustainable development (Post-2015 Agenda); cybersecurity and WSIS beyond 2015 (WSIS + 10). Focusing on these aspects, the Forum will be built upon two tracks, the High-Level Track, including policy statements, a WSIS project prize ceremony, a Ministerial Round Table, and the Forum Track, consisting of high-level dialogues, action-line meetings, country and thematic workshops, knowledge exchanges as well as exhibitions.

WSIS Project Prizes

The WSIS Project Prizes were introduced as a response to requests expressed by WSIS stakeholders in 2011 to create a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for their efforts in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. The WSIS Project Prizes contest identifies and showcases success stories and models that can easily be replicated to empower communities at the local level. Prizes are awarded in 18 categories linked to the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action. The contest is open to all stakeholders. The prize-winning ceremony will take place during WSIS Forum 2015 to be held on 25–29 May, in Geneva, Switzerland, where 18 project prize winners will be honoured, recognized and presented with an award recognizing their achievements.

Partners of the WSIS Forum 2015 (Confirmed as of 26 February 2015)

  • WSIS Forum 2015 Platinum Strategic Partner: United Arab Emirates
  • WSIS Forum 2015 Gold Strategic Partners: Democratic Republic of the Congo and INTEL
  • WSIS Forum 2015 Partners for Specific Activities: Japan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
  • WSIS Forum 2015 Contributing Partners:Poland, Rwanda, ICANN and ISOC.

Further relevant information and the most up-to-date programme are available at: www.wsis.org/forum.

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