WSIS Forum 2011 will be held from 16-20 May at ILO premises, Geneva Switzerland. The organizers ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP; and will be hosted by ITU and will take place at the Conference Centre, International Labour Organization (ILO). http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2011/About/VenueInformation.aspx
This year’s Forum will offer a diverse range of interactions, including High-level Dialogues, WSIS Action Line Facilitation Meetings, Facilitators Meeting, interactive sessions, thematic workshops, country workshops, knowledge exchanges, publication releases and exhibitions, as well as IGF Open Consultation, Parliamentary Forum, UNGIS meetings.
The forum will focus on policy and implementation leading towards real action, assessment and progress, particularly on ICT4D projects generation. WSIS forum 2011 will be in held in line with the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), this year, WTISD highlights the theme “Better life in rural communities with ICTs”, .
More than 1000 representatives from at least 120 countries spanning government, the private sector, civil society and UN agencies have registered to the event. More than 15 high level government representatives at ministerial level, Members of Parliament, senior representatives of Governments, Private Sectors and NGOs are expected to attend the Forum.
Participants unable to travel to Geneva can still follow discussions online. All the 2011 WSIS Forum sessions will be webcast. In addition, the organizers are working towards integrating the most user friendly and widely used tools for encouraging remote participation at WSIS Forum 2011. For more information please visit http://groups.itu.int/wsis-forum2011/About/RemoteParticipation.aspx
Conference centre of the ILO Floor plan
WSIS action lines
The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society states that the WSIS implementation mechanism at the international level should be organized taking into account the themes and action lines in the Geneva Plan of Action, and moderated or facilitated by UN agencies when appropriate. It also states that ITU, UNESCO and UNDP should play a leading facilitating role in the implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action.
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