Overview & Background | WSIS+10 High-Level Event 2014

Overview & Background

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Outcome Documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit Outcomes in 2015. In this context, building upon the outcomes of the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) Open Consultations on WSIS+10, including the UNGIS Plan of Action for WSIS+10 and multistakeholder guidance provided at the WSIS Forum 2012 and 2013, ITU’s Membership (PP-10 Resolution 172 and ITU Council Resolution 1334 (Mod. 2013)), resolved to hold an ITU Coordinated WSIS+10 High-Level Event in 2014 and to establish a preparatory process based on the open and inclusive WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform (WSIS+10 MPP). The modalities for the Overall Review were discussed at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and are expected to be finalized shortly.

Following the guidance of its Membership (PP-10 Resolution 172 and ITU Council Resolution 1334 (Mod. 2013)), ITU initiated the preparatory process leading towards the WSIS+10 High-Level Event to be held in June 2014.

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event was an extended version of the WSIS Forum that:

  • addressed the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes related to the WSIS Action Lines under mandates of the participating agencies

  • provided a platform for multi-stakeholder coordination of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, with involvement and participation of all WSIS action line facilitators, other UN agencies and all WSIS stakeholders.

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will reviewed the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005), in particular, related to the Action Lines with a view to developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially also exploring new targets.

The meeting was organized taking into account decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (negotiations on modalities started on 23 October 2013)