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WSIS Forum 2010: new challenges for a new decade

At the half-way point between the 2005 WSIS Tunis Commitment and the MDGs,
how can technology revive the flagging global development agenda?

Geneva, 24 March 2010

What: World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum Co-hosted by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP

10-14 May 2010
Opening ceremony: 10 May, 09:00-11:30

Where: Geneva CICG & ITU headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

Half way to the final review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ahead of the two-thirds MDG review at this year’s UN General Assembly in September, and ITU’s own four-yearly World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) in May, the WSIS Forum will look at how far nations have come in meeting connectivity goals and progress in implementation of the 11 WSIS Action Lines set at the Summit in Tunis in 2005.

At a time when most MDGs remain well off-track, the rapid spread of connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs) is a rare success story. Now, the world is turning to ICTs — and particularly broadband — as a way of reigniting the global MDG campaign.

This year’s Forum will offer a diverse range of interactions, including High-level Debates, WSIS Action Line facilitation meetings, thematic workshops, kick-off meetings for new initiatives and projects, speed-exchanges facilitating networking among participants, and more. High-level Debates on Days 2 & 3 will focus on:

  • Turning Targets into Actions

  • Build on Broadband

  • Social Networking

  • ICTs for Disaster Management

  • Cybersecurity

See full programme at: www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva


The meeting will attract high level representatives from government, private industry, civil society and UN agencies

Media information:

UN press accreditation is valid, but UN-accredited media must register in order to obtain an event badge at: www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/events/registration.aspx?id=78&lang=en

All other media are invited to apply for accreditation online at:


For further information, please visit www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/ or contact:

Sarah Parkes
ITU Media Relations
tel +41 22 730 6135
tel +41 79 599 1439
tel pressinfo@itu.int
Jaroslaw Ponder
ITU Strategy & Policy Advisor, WSIS
tel +41 22 730 6065
tel +41 79 599 1405
tel jaroslaw.ponder@itu.int


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