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WSIS Forum 2011: Executive briefing
Houlin Zhao
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Houlin Zhao
Deputy Secretary-General of ITU

“ The WSIS Forum is becoming a stakeholder-driven platform, reflecting our commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society. More than 200 stakeholders from around 70 countries have worked with us to build the vision and agenda of this year’s Forum. ”

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Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU

WSIS Forum 2011 will take place in Geneva on 16– 20 May. Its agenda comprises: an opening ceremony; high-level dialogues on cutting-edge ICT issues; Action Line facilitation meetings; thematic workshops; country workshops; interactive sessions; meetings of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS); Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development; WSIS Stocktaking; Regional Commissions; Open Consultations on the Internet Governance Forum; as well as the first meeting of the UNGIS Open Consultation on Overall Review (WSIS+10), a parliamentary forum, remote participation; several publication releases; and an exhibition.

This rich agenda is the outcome of an open consultation process, in line with the participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum itself. It was highly acclaimed at an executive briefing for WSIS Forum 2011, co-organized on 18 April by ITU; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The WSIS Forum is becoming a stakeholder-driven platform, reflecting our commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society. More than 200 stakeholders from around 70 countries have worked with us to build the vision and agenda of this year’s Forum. And more than 1000 representatives from 120 countries, including top-level officials from government, the private sector, civil society and UN agencies have registered to participate in the event.

As Chairman of the ITU WSIS Task Force, I am proud to see that within three years we have succeeded in transforming the cluster of WSIS-related events into a unique platform to discuss WSIS implementation at the global level. We need to continue working together to ensure that this platform accelerates the achievement of the WSIS targets.

You may recall that ITU Member States at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October 2010, adopted Resolution 172 calling for further action on WSIS and for effective and efficient coordination with all stakeholders. As instructed in this resolution, the ITU Secretary-General initiated consultations with the UN Chief Executives Board in order to elaborate a framework for the overall review of implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015, including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014 or 2015.

Following these consultations, the UN Chief Executives Board has tasked UNGIS to prepare — through an open consultation — an action plan to organize the WSIS review meeting. UNGIS will then present the plan to the Board in April 2012. I strongly encourage all WSIS stakeholders to take an active part in the process from its beginning. The first phase of this process begins on 20 May during the WSIS Forum 2011.

 
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