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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

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

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) : WSISI+10 High Level Event
Endorsement of Outcome Documents

11 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Excellencies,
Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to congratulate all of you on this great achievement: we have just endorsed the two outcome documents – reaching consensus by unanimity in the presence of more than 1,600 stakeholders present here at the WSIS+10 High Level Event.

This concludes the long, hard work of all the WSIS stakeholders who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the WSIS process and its continuation beyond 2015.

I raise my hat to you all – to the governments, to the international organizations, to civil society, to the private sector, to academia and to the technical community.

Together you have made this happen!

Ladies and gentlemen,

The WSIS Outcome Documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit Outcomes in 2015.

The UN Group on the Information Society held Open Consultations on WSIS+10, including the UNGIS Plan of Action for WSIS+10, and multi-stakeholder guidance provided at the WSIS Forum 2012 and 2013.

Building on this, ITU's membership (PP-10 Resolution 172 and ITU Council Resolution 1334 (Mod. 2013)), resolved to hold an ITU-coordinated WSIS+10 High-Level Event in 2014.

It also established a preparatory process for this, based on the open and inclusive WSIS+10 Multi-stakeholder Preparatory Platform (WSIS+10 MPP), which was tasked with elaborating the drafts of the two Outcome Documents that we have just endorsed.

The endorsement of these two powerful documents is an important step in the overall review of the WSIS outcomes.

Both documents provide us with a fresh look at existing challenges, and more importantly provide us with a set of priorities to be addressed beyond 2015.

Ladies and gentlemen,

As the ITU Secretary-General, I am very proud that these two documents have been developed via a bottom-up and all-inclusive approach, exercising real multi-stakeholderism with the highest level of openness.

The fact that we were able to unite all of the UN agencies that joined this unique initiative, entrusting ITU with the coordination role in this process, encourages me to believe that we will continue in this tremendous spirit of cooperation beyond 2015, as we start to implement new outcomes.

Let me thank all of the UN Action Line Facilitators that – within their respective mandates – worked as part of the secretariat of the preparatory process, as well as providing necessary expertise, advice and leadership throughout the preparatory process.

My sincere thanks to UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD as well as FAO, ILO, ITC, UNDESA, UNODC, UPU, UN Women, WMO, WHO, WFP, WIPO and the UN Regional Commissions.

Before I close, please let me one more time congratulate all of you, and let me take a moment to recognize the special efforts of key figures, who worked hard, fully-committed, all day – and sometimes all night – to make this process a success.

Let me therefore use this occasion to award the ITU medal to:

Both of them provided tremendous leadership and led us through this process smoothly, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

I would also like to recognize the very significant efforts of the vice-chairs of the WSIS+10 Multi-stakeholder Preparatory Platform:

Ladies and gentlemen,


We have already achieved a great deal this week in Geneva, but please do not forget that the Forum Track starts tomorrow, and that in the course of the rest of the week we are pleased to share with you more than 100 sessions offering unrivalled opportunities for discussion and exchange.

Let me therefore wish you a very pleasant evening, and all the very best for the rest of the week.

Thank you