Geneva, 15 September 2005 - The final preparatory meeting for the
forthcoming Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society will take
place at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, from 19-30 September 2005.
The meeting, which is expected to welcome some 1’500 participants from UN
agencies, the private sector, civil society and the media, will work to finalize
the working documents of the Summit, scheduled to take place in Tunis from
Key agenda items include:
- Internet governance
- Financing mechanisms
- WSIS follow-up and implementation
While general agreement has been reached on ICT financing strategies
following the work of the Task Force on Financing Mechanisms, set up by UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan following the first phase of WSIS in Geneva, 2003,
Internet governance remains a highly contentious issue.
The transformation of the Internet from a research network into a mainstream
communications platform for a fast-growing range of private and public purposes
has seen different views emerge about the appropriate scope of and mechanisms
for Internet governance.
Many of those who participated in the Internet’s early development did not
think of the Net as being governed, or even as needing governance. However, when
the invention of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s helped make it accessible
to a wide range of users, its commercial potential and growing importance to
business and government raised new issues and drew new actors into a debate
about how the future of the Net should be managed. At the same time, the growing
role of civil society in shaping the agendas of public and private organizations
has put the spotlight on governance as an essential element in the ongoing
development of the Internet, alongside technical standardization and management
of core Net resources.
In a bid to build global consensus on this complex issue, the
multi-stakeholder Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), established after
WSIS 2003 to investigate and make proposals for action by the Summit’s second
phase, was charged with arriving at a working definition of Internet governance,
identifying relevant public policy issues, and developing a common understanding
of the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders.
The final report of the WGIG, released on 18 July (see www.wgig.org), will
serve as the catalyst for ongoing debate on this issue at PrepCom-3.
With PrepCom-3 expected serve as the setting for many key decisions on the
future of Internet governance, journalists are invited to accredit for this
important event, which will bring together the key players in the Summit process
for lively discussions on the issues that will form the basis of the Summit’s
A draft agenda and time management plan can be found
Official media accreditation is compulsory for this event. Details of the
accreditation procedure and an online accreditation form can be found
here. Accreditation for PrepCom-3 will also be valid for the World
Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.
Pre-accredited journalists will be able to collect their Media badges from
Thursday, 15 September 2005 at the WSIS Media accreditation desk, located on the
ground floor of the Montbrillant Building at ITU headquarters. Please note that
the letter from ITU confirming acceptance of accreditation must be presented,
together with an internationally recognized photo identification document
(passport or national identity card).
|| WSIS PrepCom-3
|| 19 - 30 September 2005
|| Palais des Nations, 3rd floor,
Building A, Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
|| Finalize working documents for WSIS
Phase II in Tunis
For further information about the World Summit on the Information Society contact:
Mr Sanjay Acharya
WSIS Executive Secretariat
Tel: +41 22 730 5046
For information on entering the Palais des Nations, the location of the “Salle
de l’Assemblée”, and the location of the ITU Montbrillant building, see:
www.itu.int/wsis/docs2/pc3/venue.html. Note: Entrance to the Palais des
Nations will be through the Pregny Gate only.