The meeting addressed the subject of the statistical measurement of the
information society, including a core list of ICT indicators that could be
collected by all countries and harmonized at the international level; the needs
of national statistical offices (NSOs) in developing countries as regards
technical assistance in the compilation of ICT indicators; and mechanisms to
measure impact and to quantify the relevance and contribution of ICT towards
improving development and achieving the MDGs.
The meeting was attended by more than 270 delegates from 87 United Nations
member countries, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and civil society.
Participants were from National Statistical Offices, Telecommunication
Regulatory Agencies and Ministries, and Ministries related to information
society activities. More information can be found in this
The outcome of the meeting will provide practical suggestions on policies and
programmes that help countries to measure ICT for policy-making. It will produce
concrete recommendations to implement the Geneva Plan of Action in the area of
ICT indicators for benchmarking and evaluating ICT access and use, as a
practical input to the second phase of WSIS (Tunis, November 2005) and its
follow-up. The report of the meeting will be presented at the WSIS PrepCom2, to
be held in Geneva from 17 to 25 February 2005.