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WSIS Stocktaking Report reveals innovation, dedication in global
commitment to connect the world

Geneva, 15 May 2012 – The 2012 edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report has been released today at the WSIS Forum 2012, which is taking place this week in Geneva (14-18 May).

The report provides a two-yearly summary of the ongoing WSIS Stocktaking process, which will serve as the central reference point for assessment and evaluation in the Overall Review of the WSIS Implementation (WSIS+10). Preparations for this review, which will be led by ITU, begin this week as part of this year’s Forum.

The diverse activities reflected in this fourth edition of the report demonstrate the commitment and wide-ranging efforts being made by stakeholders from government, UN agencies, civil society and private industry to build an inclusive Information Society and achieve the WSIS connectivity targets and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.

The new edition showcases more than 1,000 innovative ICT-oriented projects covering the period 2010-2012. In many countries, governments have adopted a multi-stakeholder approach for the development of national ICT strategies, actively engaging and harnessing the talents, skills and assets of civil society and private sector.

The aim and scope of projects outlined in the report are very different – some target connectivity for millions, such as the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) that seeks to provide affordable connectivity to landlocked countries in Eurasia, and particularly Central Asia; others target regional investments to enhance ICT access, applications and services; and a few aim to raise awareness about particular topics through conferences and workshops.

“The huge range of activities reflected in this impressive publication serve as evidence of the hard work of many different stakeholders from around the world in meeting the connectivity target set by the international community in 2005,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

The focus of the report is on sharing innovative ideas to promote the use of ICTs in socio-economic development, and on identifying best ICT-related practices in different countries.

Broadband is increasingly becoming an integral component of national strategies, and accessibility issues to help bring the power of ICTs to the more than one billion people living with some form disability remain an important priority. Other important areas of focus include bringing digital literacy to underserved communities, cybersecurity, e-services and e-applications, and citizens’ empowerment.

The report also provides a detailed look at the role of ICTs in the transition towards a green economy, as well as important information on sustainable development, climate change and environmental challenges in the future.

The content of the publication is based entirely on contributions from stakeholders.

Videos, photos, live and archived webcasts, copies of new reports and transcripts of speeches can be found at the WSIS Forum 2012 Newsroom at http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/wsis/index.aspx, or on the main event website at http://www.wsis.org/forum

Follow all the action at this year’s WSIS Forum on Twitter at #WSIS.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Media Relations, ITU
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Jaroslaw Ponder
Strategy & Policy Advisor, ITU
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email jaroslaw.ponder@itu.int
  About WSIS  

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a UN process that was initiated in two unique phases in order to create an evolving multi-stakeholder platform aimed at promoting Information Society at the national, regional and international levels. The goal of WSIS is to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information. The Final Review of this process will take place in 2015. www.wsis.org

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