WSIS Forum 2020 – ITU Gateway for WSIS (status end of April 2020)

WSIS Forum 2020 – ITU Gateway for WSIS
(status end of April 2020)
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WSIS Forum 2020
The WSIS Forum 2020 will be hosted by ITU and will take place at the ITU Headquarters in
Geneva from 31 August to 4 September 2020. More

Linking WSIS Action Lines with Sustainable Development Goals: this mapping exercise draws
direct linkages of the WSIS Action Lines with the SDGs to con tinue strengthening the impact of
ICTs for sustainable development. Each UN Action Line Facilitator has analyzed the connections
and relations of their respective Action Line with the proposed SDGs and their targets.
The goal is to create a clear and direct link and an explicit connection between the key aim of the
WSIS, that of harnessing the potential of ICTs to promote and realize the development goals, and
the post 2015 development agenda, so as to contribute to the realisation of the latter.
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ITU’s Role in the WSIS Implementation and Follow-up
In line with its mandate and the WSIS outcome documents, the ITU continues playing key role in
WSIS implementation and follow-up, including:
• WSIS Implementation
[Leading Facilitating Organization]
• WSIS Forum
[Leading Facilitating Organization]
• WSIS Action Lines
◦ ICT Infrastructure (AL C2)
◦ Cybersecurity (AL C5)
◦ Enabling Environment (AL C6)
• WSIS Action Lines
◦ Action Lines: C1, C3, C4, C7, C8, C9, C11
• WSIS Stocktaking Process
• United Nations Group on Information Society
• Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development
• ICT Statistics
• Internet Governance
• Connect the World
ITU Contribution to the WSIS Implementation
ITU Contribution to the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes is a comprehensive report on the
ITU activities in context of WSIS carried out annually by the Union. The Report provides detailedd
information on the key WSIS related initiatives and activities carried out by the three sectors of the
Union (Standardization, Radiocommunication and the Development Sector) and the General
Secretariat. Reports provide updates on the tasks carried out by the ITU at the operational and
policy level, covering all assigned mandates with reference to the WSIS Process, in particular in its
capacity as:
• Lead facilitator (along with UNESCO and UNDP) in coordinati ng the multistakeholder
implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action.
• Facilitator of Action Lines C2 (Information and communication infrastructure) and C5
(Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs); upon the UNDP’s request the ITU
accepted to play the role of the Facilitator of Action Line C6 (Enabling environment).
• Co-facilitator of Action Lines C1, C3, C4, C7 and C11; and partner for Action Lines C8 and
• Rotating Chair of the United Nations Group on Information Society (UNGIS).
• Steering committee member of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Measurement.
• Facilitator of the WSIS Stocktaking Process.
• Initiator and facilitator of the WSIS Project Prize.
• Implementation of other WSIS outcomes.
ITU’s annual and five year reports on the ITU contribution to the implementa tion of the WSIS
outcomes are available he re.
ITU in the WSIS Outcome Documents
• WSIS Outcomes
◦ Geneva Declaration of Principles (GP)
◦ Geneva Plan of Action (GPA)
◦ Tunis Commitment (TC)
◦ Tunis Agenda for the Information Society (TAIS)
• Provisions of the WSIS output documents related to ITU
• Some of the main ITU roles reflected in the TAIS:
◦ § 27 and 50 c ii of TAIS – encouraging ITU to continue to study the question of
international Internet connectivity (IIC) as an urgent ma tter to develop appropriate
◦ § 72 c of TAIS (in relation to IGF) to interface with appropriate intergovernmental
organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview.
◦ § 78 of TAIS – The UN Secretary-General should also draw upon any appropriate
resources from all interested stakeholders, including the proven expertise of ITU, as
demonstrated during the WSIS process.
◦ § 96 of TAIS – ITU and other regional organizations should take steps to ensure
rational, efficient and economic use of, and equitable access to, the radio-frequency
spectrum by all countries, based on relevant international agreements
◦ § 98 of TAIS – encouraging partnerships such as the ITU-led “Connect the World”
◦ § 103 of TAIS – initiating establishment of the United Nations Group in
Information Society (UNGIS) with consideration of the ITU, UNESCO and UNDP
as lead agencies of this group
◦ § 109 of TAIS – ITU, UNESCO, UNDP to play lead facilitating roles for the
implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action.
◦ § 112 to § 115 of TAIS – calling for periodic evaluation using appropriate
indicators and benchmarking to track global progress; developing ICT indicators,
measuring the digital divide; efforts by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for
Development; ICT Indices which will build upon the common set of core ICT
indicators as they were defined within the Partnership on Measuring the ICT for
◦ § 120 of TAIS – encouraging all stakeholders to submit entries to the WSIS
Stocktaking database maintained by ITU
◦ Annex of TAIS – Action Line Moderators/Facilitators
ITU Decisions Relevant to WSIS Outcomes
• Plenipotentiary Conference
◦ Resolution 140 (Plenipotentiary 2018) ITU’s role in implementing the outcomes
of the World Summit on the Information Society
◦ Resolution 172 (Plenipotentiary 2010) Overall Review of the Implementation of
the WSIS Outcomes
◦ Resolution 101 (Plenipotentiary 2010) Internet Protocol-based networks
◦ Resolution 102 (Plenipotentiary 2010) ITU’s role with regard to international
public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and the management of Internet
resources, including domain names and addresses
• World Telecommunication Development Conference
◦ Resolution 30 (WTDC-10) Role of the ITU Telecommunication Development
Sector in implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information
• World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly
◦ Resolution 75 (WTSA 2008) ITU-T’s contribution in implementing the outcomes
of the World Summit on the Information Society, and the establishment of a
Dedicated Group on Internet-related Public Policy Issues as an integral part of the
Council Working Group on World Summit on the Information Society
• Council
◦ Resolution 1282 (Council 2008) ITU’s role in implementing the outcomes of the
World Summit on the Information Society
◦ Resolution 1332 (modified 2016) ITU role in the implementation of the WSIS
outcomes, taking into account the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
◦ Resolution 1334 (modified 2015) ITU Role in the overall review of the
implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS

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Raymond Morel is a member of the Board of Directors at SI and is President of Social-IN3, a cooperative of a researchers’ convinced of the need to address new challenges of today's Information Age, which is slowly and surely modify the entire society.

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