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Opening Ceremony

Monday 10 May 2010, 09:30-10:30

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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.

The Opening Ceremony will consist of a release of a written message to the 2010 WSIS Forum by H.E. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations and an inauguration by panellists representing the Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Organizations:

Interactive Moderator: Mr Adrian Finnegan, ex CNN

  • Dr Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva

  • Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris

  • Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

  • Mr Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

  • Ambassador Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA),

  • Mr Johannes Christian Wichard, Deputy Director-General, Global IP Issues, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva

  • H.E. Mohamed Naceur Ammar, Minister of Communication Technologies, Tunisia

    Speech (Arabic)

  • Ms CÚcile Molinier, Director, United Nations Development Programme(UNDP), Geneva

  • Mr Art Reilly, International Chamber of Commerce, Business Action to Support the Information Society (ICC-BASIS), Chair of the ICT Policy Committee of the USCIB, Paris

  • Mr Richard Amalvy, Vice-Chairman of the Conference of Non Governmental Organisations in consultative relationships with the United Nations (CoNGO)

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

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Those unable to travel to Geneva can participate remotely via the live webcast and the interactive live blog coverage.


An event reminder can be set for the live blog through the panel on the right.

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