Side Events During the 2nd Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation and 2nd Preparatory Meeting

Three side-events will take during the 2nd Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation and 2nd Preparatory Meeting. These are as follows:  

October 19, 2015 from 13:15-14:30 : APC, Conf. Room. F

Title of side event: "Putting People at the Center of the WSIS+10 Review"

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Internet Democracy Project, and the Internet Society are co-organising a side event for non-governmental stakeholders to share and exchange their views and priorities with governments on WSIS+10 in a dynamic, interactive setting.


  • Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Government of Brazil
  • Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, US State Department
  • Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, India
  • Raúl Echeberría, Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Anne Miroux, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Dominique Lazanski, GSM Association (GSMA)
  • Grace Githaiga, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

Moderator: Deborah Brown, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) 

Organizer: Association of Progressive Communications, Internet Democracy Project, and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the Internet Society

Contact person: Deborah Brown (Deborah at

October 20, 2015 from 13:15 - 14:30 : ITU. Conf Room E

Title of side event: " WSIS Forum, WSIS Stocktaking, WSIS Prizes"

The WSIS Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/Co-Facilitators, has become an efficient mechanism for coordination of global multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals. Each year, the Forum provides structured opportunities to network, learn and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. The Agenda and Programme of the Forum is built on the basis of the six phases Open Consultation Process, including online discussions, official submissions, physical meetings and review sessions. The open consultations process actively engages governments, civil society, the private sector in the formulation of the programme and agenda of the Forum.

Presenter and Moderator: Ms Doreen Bogdan, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership, ITU and Mr Jaroslaw Ponder, Strategy and Policy Advisor, ITU

Organizer: International Telecommunication Union

Contact person: Sharon London ( at

October 20, 2015  from 5 pm  : The Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in partnership with University College Cork, Ireland. Conf Room E

Title of side event: " In honour of the life and legacy of Professor George Boole"

The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated October 20th, 2015 as World Statistics Day, noting that 2015 marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Boole and that his application of the principles of logic as a form of algebra underpins all modern computer science.  The theme for World Statistics Day is “Better Data. Better Lives.” Professor George Boole, widely regarded as the forefather of the Information Age, was the first Professor of Mathematics at University College Cork, Ireland. In recognition of George Boole’s work and his enduring legacy, the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, in partnership with University College Cork, invites you to a panel discussion which will situate George Boole’s contribution in both a historical and contemporary context, focusing in particular on the global benefits of “better data”. 

There will also be a screening of the new documentary, “The Genius of George Boole” at 5pm in Conference Room 12. The panel discussion commences at 6.30pm and focuses on issues of relevance to the current preparations for the high-level event marking the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society. The discussion will be followed by a special celebratory reception at the Permanent Mission of Ireland at 1 Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (2nd Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets). 

October 21, 2015 from 8:30 - 9:30: ECLAC\Mexico. Conf Room Eh4>

Title of side event: Building Innovative and Inclusive Digital Societies in Latin America and the Caribbean".

An hour event to describe the progress on digital policies achieved by the region in the last ten years. The session will review the current status of the regional Digital Agenda (eLAC2018) and the outcomes of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean. eLAC2018 consolidate a set of regionally-focused objectives designed to act on critical factors that condition the development of the digital ecosystem. This agenda sets out 23 interdependent and complementary objectives, mapped into five areas of action: (i) access and infrastructure; (ii) digital economy, innovation and competitiveness; (iii) e-government and citizenship; (iv) sustainable development and inclusion; and (v) governance.

Organizer: Mexico as President of eLAC2018 Mechanism & CEPAL

Contact person: Salvador De Lara (sdelara at