Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
WSISI+10 High Level Event
11 June 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
Ladies and gentlemen,
The WSIS +10 is a high level meeting to review progress on the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society over the last 10 years and to set priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.
This event is coordinated and organized by ITU, and co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD, and UNDP.
More than 1600 Stakeholders are participating in the Event, representing governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, the technical community and international organizations. More than 100 Ministers, heads of UN agencies, and other high level representatives are participating.
The WSIS+10 High Level Event will endorse two milestone outcome documents today:
The 'WSIS+10 Statement on Implementation of WSIS Outcomes, reviewing progress over the past ten years;
The 'WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015', defining a vision for the Information Society Beyond 2015:
These Outcome Documents were developed in a fully open and inclusive preparatory process – the WSIS+10 Multi-stakeholder Preparatory Platform – chaired by Prof. Vladimir Minkin from Russia with vice chairs from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland.
These Documents will provide a set of fresh priorities for joint action oriented towards the further development of the global ICT ecosystem, while focusing on the power of ICTs in facilitating development.
On the occasion of the WSIS High Level Event, several reports were launched, including WSIS Stocktaking Report, WSIS Success Stories, and the WSIS Action Line Facilitators Report.
Final WSIS Targets Review, a report prepared by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, was launched yesterday.
The report indicated that today almost everyone on earth lives within reach of a mobile cellular network and nearly 3 billion people are online.
Yet, while significant achievements have been made in the last decade, the digital divide remains a major barrier to an inclusive information society.
We must now ensure that everyone also has access to broadband connectivity and to the potential opportunity and benefits that come with it.
We are determined to continue to plan, develop and implement large-scale ICT projects as we accompany countries on their development journey.
We are here to pave the way for the future and set the roadmap for sustainable development in the post-2015 era.
As Chairman of the United Nations Group on the Information Society, I can say that heads of UN agencies reinforced their commitment to the implementation of the WSIS outcomes. All UN heads also underlined the importance of ensuring the link between the WSIS+10 review process, and the new vision for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
I thank you for your presence in this important Event.