Measuring the Information Society: Progress to Date and Challenges Ahead

“If governments and international agencies are to grasp fully the opportunities provided by the information Society, they need to have a better quantitative and qualitative understanding of developments on both supply and demand sides of communications.”

Implementing WSIS Outcomes: A Ten-Year Review, CSTD Secretariat, 2015

Measuring the information society is necessary to evaluate progress with regard to the WSIS targets, existing ICT-related policies, as well as towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ICTs are cross-cutting enablers of development and are critical to the achievement of the SDGs. ICT indicators can also help monitor achievements in other areas included in the SDGs, such as poverty reduction, education, economic growth and inclusive societies. The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development has identified a set of relevant and existing ICT indicators that can help monitor the proposed SDGs. In this side event, representatives of the Partnership and other experts will discuss progress to date and challenges ahead related to the measuring of the Information Society.

15:00 - 15:05 
Introductory Remarks:
  • Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General (tbc)
 15:05 - 15:15  
The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development in measuring WSIS progress:
  • Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
 15:15 - 15:25
Findings of the ITU report "Measuring the Information Society 2015" and its ICT Development Index:
  • Susan Teltscher, Head of the ICT Data and Statistics Division of the International Telecommunication Union's Development Bureau
 15:25 - 15:35 The need for new ICT indicators and data:
  • David Souter, Managing Director, ICT Development Associates (tbc)
 15:35 - 15:45  
The ICT dimension and SDG indicators:
  • Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division
 15:45 - 15:45   The private sector as a source of data to monitor the SDGs
  • Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco 
 15:45 - 16:15
The policy relevance of ICT statistics - country perspectives
  • Cristiano Heckert, Secretary of Logistics and Information Technology, Ministry Ministry of Planning, Brazil
  • Alain Godfurnon, General counselor, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Belgium
  • Suleman Bakhsh, Senior ICT Analyst, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates
 16:15 - 16:35
Open discussion

 16:35 - 16:45
  • ITU or UNCTAD (tbc)


The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is composed of 14 international organizations: ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNDESA, The World Bank, UNU-IASS, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, EUROSTAT, UNEP Secretariat of the Basel Convention, ILO.

Logistical Information

Date: Tuesday 15 December 2015

Time: 15:00 - 116:45
Location: UNHQ, Conference Room A