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Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré


   WSIS Forum 2012 - WSIS + 10

18 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

 
Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Dear WSIS Stakeholders,
 
This is the last plenary session of what has been a very busy week.  We will look at the WSIS +10 process and offer an opportunity to draw conclusions based on the discussions and inputs made during the five days of the WSIS Forum 2012. 
 
Topics related to WSIS +10, and WSIS Beyond 2015, were covered in plenary sessions, a ministerial round table, action line facilitation meetings, thematic workshops and interactive sessions held during WSIS Forum 2012.
 
I am really pleased to see the great interest in the process, the commitments to ensure that the targets are met, and the ideas expressed for the post 2015 agenda.
 
Many delegates emphasized the need to strengthen reporting mechanisms for the 10-year implementation of WSIS related activities and identify the new developments and challenges that have emerged.
 
Some of the topics raised in the WSIS+10 discussions during the week focused on: Interoperability, cybersecurity, child on-line protection, e-governance, e-health, youth inclusion, ICT and girls, broadband, cloud computing, protection of data, privacy issues, multilingualism, public private partnership, capacity building of citizens and government; and connectivity of the educational institutions.
 
The emphasis during the discussions at the Ministerial Roundtable was on Achievements, Challenges and the post 2015 agenda. More than 25  ministers highlighted their country’s progress in the implementation of the WSIS goals, while drawing attention to many issues that still need to be addressed by the WSIS+10 review process.
 
They also emphasized the need to develop national strategies, national reporting and international collaboration towards WSIS +10.
 
I am pleased to say that we did have Multi-stakeholder consensus on the following: 
  • preliminary indications for a vision beyond 2015
  • templates for the reports of the lead facilitators on the Action Lines
  • templates for the national self-evaluation reporting on the implementation of the WSIS outcomes
 
 
This is really a good start.  These templates will establish the necessary framework for reporting on the ten-year achievements by WSIS stakeholders, as well as highlighting the remaining challenges to be addressed.
 
The outcomes of the WSIS+10 discussions will, of course, be highlighted in the WSIS Forum 2012 Outcome Document.
 
They will also be part of the reporting provided next week to the 15th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development.
 
This reporting is done further to the request of ECOSOC Resolution (E/2011/31) on the Assessment of the Progress Made in the Implementation of and Follow-up to the Outcomes of WSIS.
 
Looking ahead to 2013, I would like to draw your attention to the UNESCO Multi-stakeholder Event for the WSIS+10 Review. 
 
I would now like to invite UNESCO to share with us more information about the brainstorming session held on Tuesday.
SG invited Banerjee to take the floor.  Once he stops SG continues.
 
I would like to again thank all of you for your engagement and commitment for building a vision for the WSIS review Process.
 
As you know, ITU has been tasked by the UN Chief Executives Board to manage this review process and we will do our best, together with our UN sister agencies, and all stakeholders to ensure that this process fully corresponds to the real needs of the information society.
 
Before we move to the closing, I would like to open the floor to any additional comments on the WSIS+10 process.