ITU

Committed to connecting the world

World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS)

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

WSISI+10 High Level Event
UNGIS High Level Meeting : Opening Remarks


10 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Dear colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning and let me offer you a very warm welcome to the WSIS+10 High-level Event.

As you know, this year I took over the chairmanship of UNGIS from my good friend Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

This is an important year for all of us, and I can assure you that I will do my utmost to implement the ambitious work plan we decide on together during the High-level and Working-level meetings.

This group provides us with tremendous opportunities – opportunities to ensure that both the challenges and the opportunities of ICTs are channelled towards accomplishing sustainable social and economic development.

Let me thank you for your presence here in Geneva, which is a clear demonstration of your commitment to the WSIS Process. I would like to express my gratitude to each one of you for your commitment, dedication, and support in the WSIS+10 High-level Event Preparatory Process that started back in June last year.

We have worked together – so hard – as one UN Family. And the trust you have shown in me and my team is really touching. You have worked tirelessly with the secretariat for the preparation of the Outcome documents (and especially the Vision); the 10-year action line reports; and the 10-year Executive Summaries.

All UN agencies acted as the secretariat for the WSIS+10 MPP process, and it gave us a perfect example of how experts from different UN Agencies work together so well 'as one'.

This was both noticed and appreciated by all WSIS stakeholders – including governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and international organizations.

The outcome documents that have been developed in multi-stakeholder format provide a clear vision to each one of us. They provide us with excellent guidance on how to align our respective work plan with the fresh vision for the different Action Lines, addressing new challenges and opportunities in the ICT ecosystem.

In particular I would like to thank my colleagues from UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNDP, FAO, ILO, ITC, UNDESA, UNODC, UPU, UN Women, WMO, WHO, WFP, WIPO and the UN Regional Commissions.

Dear Colleagues,

In keeping with its mandate, UNGIS is committed both to supporting the UN community as it frames the post-2015 Development Agenda, and to helping deliver on the new set of goals by ensuring policy and programme coherence, and providing guidance on the central role of ICTs in development.

I am confident that we will continue with this spirit of oneness, and I look forward to reporting on my tasks as the chairman in the next meeting, during the 2015 WSIS Forum.

Thank you.