World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS implementation) part 1


World Information Society Day  World Information Society Day  was proclaimed to be on 17 May by a United Nations General Assembly resolution, following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.  The day had previously been known as World Telecommunication Day to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union in 17 May 1865.  It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973. The main objective of the day is to raise global awareness of societal changes brought about by the Internet and new technologies. It also aims to help reduce the Digital divide.

 WSIS Implementation is usually done through 8 mechanisms: -

 1- WSIS Forum

            a- online consultation forum process

  The Open Consultation is conducted to ensure the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum. The preparatory process of the forum started with the launching of an open consultation to elaborate the agenda and to shape the format and thematic of the WSIS Forum.  In addition, what are the key issues that need to be addressed at the WSIS Forum? Is there any room for improvement in terms of efficiency and effectiveness of the Forum?  This year the online discussion starts with debate on the WSIS Community platform until 15 November 2010 where Stakeholders invited to express and exchange their ideas in order to generate possible themes and identify potential speakers for the 2011 Forum. Then, Submission of a written contribution using the online form (PDF) until 15 December 2010.  All submitted comments were examined during the Final Review Meeting, which took place at ITU Headquarters in Geneva in 24 February 2011 and remote participation to set the agenda for the WSIS forum 2011. 

             b- Annual physical forum and remote participation in May

this is held in Geneva usually in the international telecommunication union (ITU) head quarter in Geneva – Switzerland.  also remote participation is available.

 2- WSIS Stocktaking

  The WSIS Stocktaking Process was launched in October 2004. The WSIS Stocktaking Process is a follow-up to WSIS. Its purpose is to provide a register of activities carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and other entities  in order to highlight the progress made since that landmark event. Also, it provides opportunity for stakeholders to extend network, create partnerships and provide more visibility, thereby adding value to the projects at the global level. 

         ITU has been maintaining the WSIS Stocktaking Database as a publicly accessible system providing information on ICT-related initiatives and projects with reference to the eleventh (11) WSIS Action Lines. By June 2010, there were more than 4764 entries in the database, more than half of which report on activities carried out in partnership. It should also be pointed out that many of the entries reflect more than one initiative or project implemented by WSIS stakeholders. The WSIS Stocktaking Platform provides a large database that has more than 5000 entries and more than 2000 members (stakeholders). The WSIS Stocktaking platform offers a global events calendar, global repository, blogs, online communities, online forums, interactive online interviews, implementation case studies, country case studies, an embeddable interface and the WSIS Lab.

 3- WSIS Action Lines

С1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders ...

С2. Information and communication infrastructure

C3. Access to information and knowledge

C4. Capacity building

C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs

C6. Enabling environment

C7. ICT Applications:









C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local...

C9. Media

C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society

C11. International and regional cooperation

 4- United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)

In April 2006, UNGIS (United Nations Group on the Information Society) was endorsed by the UN-Chief Executives Board (CEB) as the new inter-agency mechanism with the main objective to coordinate substantive and policy issues facing the United Nations’ implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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