The Group of Friends of the Chair (GFC) was created in accordance with the decision of
PrepCom-1 (Hammamet) to prepare a document to serve as a basis for negotiations during
PrepCom-2. By the Decision of PrepCom-2, the GFC was invited to continue working during the
inter-sessional period to draft proposals for chapters one (Implementation Mechanisms) and four
(The Way Ahead) of the Operational Part of the Tunis Final Document(s).
The membership of the Group comprised representatives from six governments from each
region, plus five regional coordinators and the two host countries. The Secretary-General of ITU
and a representative of the Secretary-General of the UN participated as ex-officio members of the
group. Non-member governments participated in the meeting as observers.
The Group met three further times between 27 June and 7 September 2005, with one half-
day meeting on 6 September being open to all stakeholders as a special session. In addition,
informal consultations on the implementation mechanism, open to all stakeholders, were held on
13 June 2005.
The Group developed drafts on the basis of contributions from all stakeholders and
discussion of rolling texts. The compilation of comments received since PrepCom-2 is available in
document WSIS-II/PC-3/DT-6 (Rev. 2). Contributions to the work of the Group and drafts of the
rolling texts are available on the Groups website at www.itu.int/wsis/gfc.
The two annexes to this document present the current versions propose changes and
additions to the Operational Part contained in WSIS-II/PC-3/DOC/8.
Existing para 10 (including proposals in DT/2 (Rev. 3) and DT/6 (Rev. 2)) would be
replaced by new paras 10-13;
Existing para 11 (including proposals in DT/2 (Rev. 3) and DT/6 (Rev. 2)) would be
replaced by new paras 14;
Existing para 29 (including proposals in DT/2 (Rev. 3) and DT/6 (Rev. 2)) would be
replaced by new paras 29-35;
The new proposals could be added to the existing text of WSIS-II/PC-3/DOC/8.
8 September 2005
President of the PrepCom of the Tunis Phase
REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE GROUP OF FRIENDS OF THE CHAIR
DURING THE INTER-SESSIONAL PERIOD