|ITU implementing WSIS|
“It is true that
the summit increased ITU’s visibility. We, however, should do more to blow
the myth that only those who are experts in technical matters can
participate or contribute to the work of the Union. ITU is home to all
stakeholders because information and communication technologies permeate all
the facets of human life and impact everybody, regardless of their status,
gender, specialty, or geographical location. The potential is there and we
must build on the agenda set by the summit and ensure that ITU’s actions act
as building blocks towards the attainment of the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals set by world leaders in 2000” Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU
Secretary-General, Antalya, November 2006.
| WSIS: A unique Summit in two
|The WSIS was the first gathering of global leaders to address
the issues of the Information Society including
the use of ICTs for development, cyber security, Internet governance, affordable
access to communications, infrastructure, capacity building and cultural
first phase of the Summit
took place in Geneva on 10-12 December 2003
second phase took place in
Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005
|ITU and WSIS|
As the UN agency in charge of
telecommunications and other information and communication technologies,
ITU played the lead role in the organization of the Summit.
In addition to serving as the Secretary
General of the Summit, the Secretary-General of ITU chaired the Executive
Secretariat of the Summit as well as the
HLSOC (High Level Summit Organizing
Committee), which comprised 28 UN agencies.
All along the process ITU also coordinated
the preparation of the WSIS
which was intended to provide a global platform for the presentation,
exchange and dissemination of information on activities promoting the
development of the Information Society at the local, national, regional and
ITU also launched the
project which focused on new projects conceived or undertaken during the
Tunis Phase of WSIS, as well as on new financial commitments for activities
related to WSIS implementation.
The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference also
stressed the importance of ITU as an active and relevant contributor to the
WSIS process. The Summit was an opportunity for ITU to highlight its
activities and to launch new initiatives.
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|ITU called to play a key role in WSIS
mentioned 28 times in the four output documents. ITU expertise is
recognized and further work is encouraged in the field of International Internet
Connectivity, Spam, Internet Governance, the development of indicators to
measure the Information Society, and the “Connect the World” Initiative. ITU was
asked to continue the Stocktaking exercise.
The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society
calls for a strong ITU role in the post WSIS implementation mechanisms. It
assigns the following tasks to ITU:
Coordinator of Action Lines together with UNESCO and UNDP
Action Lines C.2 (Infrastructure) and
Co-facilitator of Action
Lines C.1 (Governance and ICTs for Development), C.4 (Capacity Building),
C.6 (Enabling environment), C.7 (ICT Applications) and C.11 (International
and regional cooperation).
agency in the UN Group on the
Information Society (UNGIS)
expected that the WSIS outcomes will guide the Union in the years to come.
|ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 06
Conference (PP) that took place in Antalya (Turkey) from 6 to 24 November
2006, Member States adopted a number of resolutions emphasizing the role of ITU
in WSIS implementation and follow-up.
The Strategic Plan of the Union (2008-2011) contains a commitment to the
implementation of the goals and objectives of WSIS, as one of the seven overall
goals for the Union. The PP also mandated a study of the participation of all
relevant stakeholders in the activities of the Union related to the WSIS.
|ITU's Council considerations
Council 2005 adopted
Resolution 1244 on ITU
role in the Tunis phase of WSIS and in implementation and follow-up.
PP 06 requested the Council to maintain the Working Group
on WSIS. The next meeting of the Group will be held on 13-14 June 2007 in
Geneva. Meeting documents are available
ITU held its World
Telecommunication Development Conference in Doha (Qatar) in March 2006. It
offered a unique opportunity for ITU Member States to decide on key actions and
to prepare for progress monitoring.
adopted the Doha
Declaration and the
Doha Action Plan
which provide a framework for ITU-Development sector’s activities in the
implementation of WSIS. It contains concrete programs to bridge the digital
divide and 25 regional initiatives.