Dissecting the 7th December WSIS+10 Draft Outcome Document by Gangeshvarma
A High Level Meeting will take place in the UN-headquarter in New York to review the World Summit on Information Society(WSIS) process for the last 10 years (WSIS+10) and adopt an outcome document which is currently in its final stages of negotiations. The draft changed through comments received by the co-facilitators submitted by multi-stakeholder’s individuals or groups which changed the draft from Zero Draft (the Draft Outcome Document of the General Assembly Overall Review or non-paper) to 4th November draft (after 1st and 2nd interactive multi-stakeholder consultation on 2nd July and 19th October 2015, member states meetings on 20 -22 October), and 7th of December draft (discussion meetings in November 2015). The president of the 70th UN General Assembly call for these meetings which too places at the UN Head Quarter (New York). The co-facilitators recently conducted a briefing or updates on the 7th December at the United Nations Headquarters in New York after receiving comments and inputs from multiple stakeholders including IGF 2015, Global partner digital groups (GPD), ITU and many more.
This latest draft (7th December) text represents the final stages of negotiations and according to Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks look at the draft it shows that some parts are far from agreed or consensus text and he said that the draft contains broadly three categories of text.
The first includes text that has more or less been agreed upon and is uncontroversial is “[Suggested for closure]” indicating that ideally nations may not consider reopening negotiations on the text.
The second category of bracketed text holds the rather controversial or as Ambassador Mažeiks stated, ‘sticky issues’ where new text has been added or no changes have been due to divergence of comments received. These will undergo further discussion and negotiations in the coming days.
The third category of text is one which is neither suggested for closure nor bracketed. This part of the text indicates either there has been a significant new addition in the text or key suggestions through comments have not been reflected.
The Ambassador remarked that the draft is ‘not quite a piece of literature’ but best efforts will be made to achieve an outcome document that is balanced and acceptable to all. According to Author Gangeshvarma (India 9th December) who briefly examined the new changes reflected in 7th December draft section-by-section and for more information click here
High Level Meetings Resolutions
Paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda, endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution 60/252, 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. In response, the General Assembly in resolution 68/302, decided that the overall review will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly, 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. The High-level Meeting will take place on 15-16 December 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
ITU Side Events
During the High-level Meeting (14-16 December 2015) ITU will be holding a series of side Events. The side events and they will cover issues such as the WSIS implementation and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and gender equality.
Side Events 1 Strengthening the impact of WSIS action lines for sustainable development: showcasing best practices, transferring know-how, fostering partnerships on Monday 14 December 2015, 13:15 - 14:30, UNHQ, Conference Room 11 Event description and panelists and fore More information
Side Events 2 GEM-TECH Awards 2015 on Monday 14 December 2015, 18:00 - 20:00, Civic Hall, New York more information
Side Events 3 UNGIS Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday 15 December 2015, 08:00 - 08:45, WIPO Conference Room, 25 Floor UN Plaza 2, New York
Side Events 4 Women's Empowerment in the Digital Age: Implementing WSIS Outcomes and Agenda 2030 on Tuesday 15 December 2015, 13:00 - 14:30, UNHQ, Conference Room 6 more information
Side Events 5 Measuring the Information Society: ICT Data for Policy Making and Evaluation on Tuesday 15 December 2015, 15:00 - 16:45, UNHQ, Conference Room A for more information
Side Events 6 Enabling a Trusted Connected World on Wednesday 16 December 2015, 13:15 - 14:30, UNHQ, Conference Room 7 Event description and panelist
GDCO SUDAN Contributions to the 7th December Draft
GDCO as part of the Telecentre movement (where more than 100.000 Telecentres in 52 countries and 72 national networks and 6 regional networks) asked the UNGA in the next 15 years more attention should be considered for: -
1- People with disability (more than 16% of the world population) who are ignored in the MDGs and the WSIS action lines before.
2- Out of school children where 58 million children 6-12 years and 63 million children 12-15 years old (UNESCO report 2015) are out of school and this number not includes the displaced children due to war and disasters.
3- Supporting the Telecentre movement as one of the best tools for community development through ICT, connecting the unconnected and no one will be left behind.
4- we have to consider what will be next after we agree on the zero draft in the WSIS summit and how these WSIS lines will be implemented and monitors and I suggest for better promotion for WSIS process is to join the ITU and its partners (including telecentre.org and GDCO) campaign or initiative iwrite4wsis
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