Background

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a unique two-phase United Nations summit that began with the goal of achieving a shared commitment to building a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create and share information. The first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005.  In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly reviewed the progress over the past ten years and considered the future of the WSIS process beyond 2015. This process, also called WSIS+10 Review, culminated in a High-Level Event on 15-16 December at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) through the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) serves as facilitator for the implementation of and follow-up to the action lines:
        ● C1 - The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
        ● C7 - ICT Applications: E-government
        ● C11 - International and regional cooperation
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WSIS Prizes 2017

WSIS prizes

Please click here to submit your ICT projects for the WSIS Prizes 2017 contest. The contest is open to all stakeholders, entities representing governments, private sector, international and regional institutions, civil society and academia. For further details please visit website here



Outcome documents of the WSIS Forum 2016 is now available (01 June 2016)

The outcomes of the WSIS Forum 2016 were presented on the last day, 6th May, and will be submitted to the Commission on Science and Technology (CSTD), the UN General Assembly and ITU Council. Some of the key outcomes are:
 ● WSIS Forum 2016: Outcome Document
 ● WSIS Forum 2016: High Level Track Outcomes and Executive Brief
 ● WSIS Action Lines Supporting Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (2016)
                                            ● WSIS Forum 2016 and SDG Matrix
                                            ● WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016
                                            ● WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2016

  UNDESA organized facilitation meetings during the WSIS Forum 2016 (06 May 2016)
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The 2016 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum was held in Geneva on 2-6 May 2016 with the theme of  WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of the  Sustainable  Development Goals (SDGs). DPADM/UNDESA  convened two meetings as facilitators of the WSIS action lines C1 on the role of public governance authorities and all  stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development and C11 on International and Regional Cooperation and action line  C7 on e-Government. The themes of meetings are “The  Role of Public Authorities and Global/Regional  Cooperation in  Ensuring that No One is Left  Behind in  the Information Society” and “How e-Government can ensure that no one is left  behind in the implementation of the  Sustainable  Development  Goals (SDGs)” . For more information about the WSIS  Forum, including the outcome document and  the overall  theme,  please click here

UNDESA - Institional Home of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat

UNDESA provides the institutional home for the Internet Governance Forum. The concept of the IGF emerged between the two phases of WSIS. The intention was to fill “a vacuum within the context of existing structures” and to address “issues that are cross-cutting and multidimensional and that either affect more than one institution, are not dealt with by any institution or are not addressed in a coordinated manner”. The second phase of WSIS in Tunis requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations to convene the IGF with the mandate to deal with the broad range of issues related to Internet governance as defined by the Tunis Agenda in the section relating to Internet governance, from paragraph 22 to 82. Through dialogue, the IGF seeks to develop a common understanding of these issues and raise awareness of the development dimension of Internet governance. By setting development and capacity building as its cross-cutting and overarching priorities, the IGF made it clear that Internet governance is not an end in itself, but should be responsive to the economic and social dimensions of development.

The IGF is not a traditional United Nations process. Its purpose is to bring people together from all stakeholder groups. They are to meet as equals, neither to make decisions nor to negotiate, but to discuss, exchange information and share good practices. While IGF may not have the power to make decisions, it informs and inspires those who do. The forum develops a common understanding of how we can maximize the opportunities the Internet offers, how we can use it for the benefit of all nations and peoples and how we can address the risks and challenges. For more information about IGF, please visit : www.intgovforum.org (Please open this in a new window )

Statements by UNDESA Officials at the Annual IGF Forums

Internet Governance Forum 2014

Opening Remarks by Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Ninth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, (delivered by Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination & Inter-Agency Affairs, 2 September 2014, Istanbul, Turkey

Internet Governance Forum 2013

Opening Remarks by Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Eighth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, (delivered by Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination & Inter-Agency Affairs, 21 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia

Internet Governance Forum 2012

Opening Remarks by Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Seventh Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, (delivered by Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination & Inter-Agency Affairs, 5 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan

Internet Governance Forum 2011

Opening Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs - Sixth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (delivered by Mr. Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination & Inter-Agency Affairs), 27 September 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

Closing remarks by Ms. Haiyan Qian, director division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department Of Economic And Social Affairs

Internet Governance Forum 2010

Opening Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, USG for Economic and Social Affairs - Fifth Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (delivered by Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development), 14 September 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania

Internet Governance Forum 2009

Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, USG for Economic and Social Affairs - Fourth Meeting of Internet Governance Forum 18 November 2009, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Internet Governance Forum 2008

Address by Assistant Secretary-General Jomo Kwame Sundaram at the Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum 3-6 December 2008, Hyderabad, India

Internet Governance Forum 2007

Opening Address by Mr. Sha Zukang,  USG for Economic and Social Affairs - Second Meeting of Internet Governance Forum, 12 November 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Internet Governance Forum 2006



Enhanced Cooperation on International Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet

Report of the Secretary-General on enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet (A/66/77 - E/2011/103)
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Open consultations on enhanced cooperation on international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet - Closing Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affair, 14 December 2010.
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Remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs to the Economic and Social Council - Introduction of the Report of the Secretary-General on enhanced cooperation in public policy issues related to the Internet and the note of the Secretary-General on continuation of the Internet Governance Forum delivered by Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development on 16 July 2010.
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Conference room paper on enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, prepared by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) for the Thirteenth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for DevelopmenThirteenth session, Geneva, 18 May 2010.
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 ● ECOSOC Resolution 2009/92 - The Secretary-General of the United Nations was asked by WSIS to report to the ECOSOC on enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. In response to that, the USG for Economic and Social Affairs wrote to ten key organizations working with the Internet to request their inputs on activities and recommendations.
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 ● Video statement by Mr. Zukang, USG for Economic and Social Affairs, delivered at WSIS Form 2010

Facilitation Meetings by UNDESA for the action lines C1, C11 and C7eGov

WSIS Forum 2017 12–16 June 2017 
Action Lines C1 and C11 Facilitation Meeting - The Role of Private Sector in Mobilizing ICTs for SDGs
Action Line C7 eGov Facilitation Meeting - Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity through Digital Government
Outcomes

WSIS Forum 2016  2–6 May, Geneva Switzerland 
Action Lines C1 and C11 (International and Regional Cooperation) - The Role of Public Authorities and Global/Regional Cooperation in Ensuring that No One is Left Behind in the Information Society
Action Line C7 eGov Facilitation Meeting - How e-Government can ensure that no one is left behind in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
WSIS Forum 2016 Outcome Document (For the report of C1 & C11, see pages 37-40 and for the report of C7eGov, see pages 79-82)

WSIS Forum 2015 25-29 May, Geneva Switzerland
Tenth Facilitation Meeting on Action Lines C1, C7 and C11
● WSIS Forum 2015 Outcome Document (See page 96 for the session report)

WSIS Forum 2014 (WSIS+10 High Level Event) 09-13 June, Geneva Switzerland
Ninth Facilitation Meeting of Action Lines C1, C7eGov and C11
Report of the Facilitation Meeting
ITU WSIS+10 High Level Outcome Documen 

WSIS Forum 2013 13-17 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Eight Facilitation Meeting of Action Lines C1, C7eGov and C11 (11h00 - 12h45, Thursday 16 May 2013)
● Report of the Facilitation Meeting 
● WSIS Forum 2013 Outcome Document

WSIS Forum 2012 14-18 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Seventh Facilitation Meeting of Action Lines C1, C7eGov and C11
● WSIS Forum 2012 Outcome Document (see pages 71, 93, 104, 127)
● Workshop on Future Government: A Global Perspective in Connection to OGD and Citizen Engagement

WSIS Forum 2011 16-20 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Sixth Facilitation Meeting of Action Lines C1, C7eGov and C11  
● Outcome Document for Action Lines C1, C7eGov and C11

WSIS Forum 2010 10-14 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Fifth Facilitation Meeting on Implementing WSIS Action Lines C1, C7e-Gov and C11
● Report of the Expert Group Meeting: e-Government and New Technologies

WSIS Forum 2009 18-22 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Fourth Facilitation Meeting on Implementing WSIS Action Lines C1, C7e-Gov and C11
● UNDESA 2009 Report on Implementation of WSIS Action Lines

WSIS Forum 2008 13-30 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Third Facilitation Meeting on Implementing WSIS Action Lines C1, C7e-Gov, and C11
● Agenda of the meeting
● Connecting the World by 2015, Mr.Clark, ITU
● Update on the Recent Developments on the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, Ms.Muylkens, ITU

WSIS Forum 2007 14-25 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Second Facilitation Meeting on Implementing WSIS Action Lines C1, C7e-Gov, and C11 (24/5/2007)
● UNDESA 2007 Report on Implementation of WSIS Action Lines
● Summary Report of the Second Facilitation Meeting on Implementing WSIS Outcomes Related to Action Lines C1 and C7eGov

WSIS Forum 2006 9-19 May, Geneva Switzerland
● Press Release for the First WSIS Stakeholder Consultative Meeting in May 2006 English French
● Summary Report on WSIS Consultation Meeting on Action Line C7: e-government: ICT Applications: E-government
● Summary on WSIS On-line Consultation on C1 and C7eGov 29 June – 12 July 2006

UN General Assembly Resolutions on WSIS and its follow-up

●  Information and communications technologies for development(71/212) (18 Jan 2017)
●  Information and communications technologies for development(70/184) (04 Feb 2016)
● Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (70/125) (1 Feb 2016)
● Information and communications technologies for development (70/184) (4 Feb 2015)
● Information and communications technologies for development (69/204) (21 Jan 2015)
● Modalities for the overall review by the General Assembly of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (68/302)  (31 Jul 2014)
● Information and communications technologies for development (68/198) (20 Dec 2013)
● Information and communications technologies for development (67/195) (21 Dec 2012)
● Information and communications technologies for development (66/ 184) (22 Dec 2011)
● Information and communications technologies for development (65/141) (20 Dec 2010)
● Information and communication technologies for development (64/187) (21 Dec 2009)
● Information and communication technologies for development (63/202) (19  Dec 2008)
● Information and communication technologies for development (62/182) (19 Dec 2007)
● World Summit on the Information Society (60/252) (27 Mar 2006)
● World Summit on the Information Society (59/220) (22 Dec 2004)
● World Summit on the Information Society (57/238) (20 Dec 2002)
● World Summit on the Information Society (56/183) (21 Dec 2001)

ECOSOC Resolutions related to WSIS follow-up

● ECOSOC Resolution 2016/22: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2016/22) (18 Aug 2016)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2015/26: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2015/26) (16 Sep 2015)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2015/27: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2015/27) (27 Aug 2014)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2015/26: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2015/26) (22 Jul 2015)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2014/27: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2014/27) (16 Jul 2014)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2013/9: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2013/9) (23 Oct 2013)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2012/5: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2012/5) (24 Jul 2012)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2011/16: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2011/16) (26 Jul 2011)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2010/2: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2010/2) (18 Jul 2010)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2009/7: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/2009/INF/2/Add.1) (23 Jul 2009)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2008/3: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2008/3) (17 Jul 2008)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2007/8: Flow of information for the follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (E/RES/2007/8) (24 Jul 2007)
● ECOSOC Resolution 2006/46: Follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society and review of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (E/RES/2006/46) (27 Jul 2006)


Reports of the UN Secretary-General on WSIS follow-up

● 2016 Report of the Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/72/64-E/2017/12) (27 Feb 2017)
● 2015 Report of the Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/71/67-E/2016/51) (29 Feb 2016)
● 2014 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/70/63–E/2015/10) (23 Feb 2015)
● 2013 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/69/65–E/2014/12) (3 Mar 2014)
● 2012 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/68/65–E/2013/11) (26 Mar 2013)
● 2011 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels [includes Addendum] (A/67/66–E/2012/49) (12 Mar 2012)
● 2010 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/66/64–E/2011/77) (14 Mar 2011)
● 2010 Report of the United Nations Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/65/64-E/2010/12) (8 March 2010)
● 2009 Report of the Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society outcomes at the regional and international levels (A/64/64-E/2009/10) (13 March 2009)
● 2008 Report of the Secretary General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/63/72-E/2008/48) (April 2008)
● 2007 Report of the Secretary-General: Promoting the building of a people-centred, development-oriented and inclusive information society: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society outcomes (E/CN.16/2007/2) (3 April 2007)

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