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image: squares decoration HIGH LEVEL PLENARY SESSION

High Level Plenary Session

Turning Targets into action

Monday 10 May 2010, 10:30-12:00

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The year 2010 marks the halfway point between the successful conclusion of the WSIS in 2005 and 2015, the year by which world leaders committed to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and WSIS targets.

This opening High-Level Plenary Session of the WSIS Forum 2010 will solicit the views and feedback from participants on how far we have come in turning targets into action. Access to ICTs, and broadband in particular, could help facilitate the achievement of many of the education and public health goals contained in the MDGs. This Plenary Session considers whether the WSIS targets are on track to be achieved by 2015, and whether the WSIS targets can facilitate progress towards the MDGs, especially in view of the severe repercussions and detrimental impact of the recent financial crisis on developed and developing countries alike.

Interactive Moderator: Mr Adrian Finnegan, ex CNN

Introductory Remarks: Mr Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union, Geneva

Guests of honour:

  • H.E. Adama Samassékou, Former President of PrepCom of the Geneva Phase of the WSIS

    Speech (French)

  • H.E. Janis Karklins, Former President of PrepCom of the Tunis Phase of the WSIS

  • H.E. Genc Pollo, Minister of State for Reforms and Relation with Parliament, Albania

  • H.E. Ivo Ivanovski, Minister of Information Society, FYR of Macedonia

  • H.E. Hassam Baryalai, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Afghanistan

  • H.E. Hoda Baraka, Deputy to the Minister, Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, Egypt

  • H.E. Stanley Simataa, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Namibia

  • Ms Khédija Hamouda Ghariani, Secretary-General of the Arab Information and Communication Technology Organization, Tunisia

*Interpretation in the six UN languages will be made available.

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