Telecentre movement and Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO Sudan) was participating in the WSIS process and the WSIS forums since 2009 (Pls click). On the 2nd march 2015 GDCO Sudan was invited and supported by Global Digital Partner(GDP) organization to Paris to participate in a meeting to discuss the WSIS +10 output document. On the 3rd and 4th march (two days later) GDCO participated in the connecting dot conference organized by UNESCO. GDP organization with many partners lead and organize an online discussion for more than 6 months. On the 14th and 15th October 2015 in New York (with the support of the Dutch kingdom of Netherlands government) GDP organize a meeting to discuss the zero draft of WSIS +10 which will be discussed on the 2nd informal interactive stakeholders consultation (19/10/2015) on WSIS+10 organized by the president of the UN General Assembly (70th session) to discuss the zero draft as basis for the high level meeting WSIS summit which will be held @ the UN headquarter in New York 15 – 16 December 2015
GDCO participated in this 2nd Informal Interactive stakeholders Consultation on the 19th October 2015 with all relevant stakeholders to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to collect inputs, review the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), discus and comments on the Zero-draft for WSIS+10 high level summit On 15 - 16december 2015. The meeting was held @ ECOSOC Chamber @ the United Nations Headquarters, New York and inaugurated by the President of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. The consultation provided all relevant WSIS stakeholders an opportunity to contribute their views and comments on the Zero-draft in a day of interactive panel discussions with representatives from various multi-stakeholders. The meeting discussed what is the main achievements and challenges in WSIS work streams since 2005, and how should they be reflected in the outcome document? How should the outcome address any challenges and priorities for the future? What would be the ideal periodicity and formats for follow-up and review?
GDCO Sudan participated in the online discussion and submitted its opinion and comments in the non-paper. Also GDCO participated in the non-paper submission and signed the letter to the president of UN General Assembly to consider the importance of the role of the civil society (NGOs engagement) in the WSIS+10 process for the next 15 years.
GDCO has many comments on the zero draft discussions (on the 14th and 15th meeting organized by GDP organization) specially on ICT 4 development. In the 19th October meeting 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
The 2nd interactive discussion and meeting was followed by the 2nd preparatory meeting of the Member States and observers and relevant stakeholder on the 20-22 October 2015. The 2nd Preparatory Meeting discussed the engagement of the members States and observers (private sectors, academia and civil society) to reach consensus on critical issues. Statements delivered at the meeting and written submissions will serve as the basis for the second draft version of the WSIS review outcome document that will be further developed, leading up to the High-Level Meeting on 15-16 December 2015. The 2nd Preparatory Meeting is structured to maximize interaction among multi-stakeholders in the meeting.
There were three side-events took place during the two meetings among the stakeholders to share and exchange their views and priorities on the WSIS+10 in a dynamic and interactive way and putting people at the Center of the WSIS+10 review.
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