The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.

The WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Forum will serve as a key platform for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Preparatory Process

The WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme is completely crowdsourced. Therefore, as organizers, ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, are pleased to announce the Open Consultation Process on thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2017.

The process aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum. This process actively engages governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the technical community and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process to ensure broad ownership and further improvements of the Forum. The Open Consultation Process will include a collection of inputs from regional and national WSIS related events. The physical meetings of the Open Consultation Process (OCP) will benefit from remote participation.

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We will strengthen the WSIS Forum as a key platform for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the SDGs and targets.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Beyond 2015, following the multi-stakeholder approach, the WSIS Forum, will build upon the outcomes of the WSIS+10 Review and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this regard the WSIS-SDG Matrix developed by UN WSIS Action line Facilitators will serve as the mechanism to map, analyse and coordinate the implementation of ICTs as enablers and accelerators of the SDGs.
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao

Physical Meetings

As part of the six phase Open Consultation Process, there are four physical meetings to be held. The next physical meeting will be held on:

Final brief meeting
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
15:00-18:00, Room A
ITU
Geneva

Remote participation available

Official Submissions and Workshop Requests

Stakeholders are invited to make official submissions to the WSIS Secretariat for the Open Consultation Process.

  • • Share your views the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the forum

  • • Recommend speakers

  • • Request thematic workshops

  • • Request exhibition stalls

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Call for High-Level Track Facilitators

Call for Major Stakeholder Coordination Mechanisms following the WSIS Process to identify and nominate High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs) for the WSIS Forum 2017.

Each stakeholder type is invited to launch an Open Call to identify HLTFs to represent their respective communities. The names of the nominated representatives should be submitted to the WSIS Secretariat.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Invitation Letter

The ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP are pleased to invite you to the WSIS Forum 2017.

Invitation letter:
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Registration

Registration for the Forum for both on-site and remote participants will be made available soon.

Agenda

The Agenda and Programme for the Forum is built on the basis of official submissions received during the Open Consultation Process and will be made available soon after the process has ended.

Draft agenda

Policy Sessions

Policy Statements will be delivered during the High-Level Track (13-14 June) of the Forum by high-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community.

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Hackathon

As a continuation of the discussions initiated at the 2016 WSIS Forum, a Hackathon on ICTs for SDGs focusing on E-health will be held at the WSIS Forum 2017. We invite all interested coders to participate in the WSIS Hack for Health.

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Virtual Reality for SDGs

Pursuing a first partnership in 2016, WSIS and World VR Forum join forces to be at the forefront of Virtual Reality for advancing development. A shiny new Virtual Reality Track will be held at the WSIS Forum 2017 bringing together high-level personalities, world class VR experience and a very special focus on education.

Further details will be available soon.

TEDxGeneva at WSIS Forum 2017

After a successful debut at WSIS Forum 2016 we are pleased to announce that TEDx Geneva will continue to partner with ITU, hosting another event during the WSIS Forum 2017.

Further details will be available soon.

WSIS Stocktaking

Call for Update and New Entries

The WSIS Stocktaking database, currently with 8.000 plus entries and a growing community of 200.000 stakeholders, is a unique global tool for collecting information and regular reporting on ICT related initiatives and projects, carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society, academia and other entities, in the context of 11 WSIS Action Lines.

In support of the WSIS Implementation and Follow-up, all WSIS Stakeholders are invited to update and submit new entries online. Submitted activities will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2017, which will be released at the WSIS Forum 2017.

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WSIS Prizes 2017

WSIS Prizes is an international contest developed in response to requests from WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs. The WSIS Prizes contest is an integral part of the WSIS stocktaking process. The contest was held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community.

All WSIS Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their project descriptions to the WSIS Prizes contest.

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WSIS Photo Contest

WSIS is inviting you to picture how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs ) are playing an enabling role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participate in building a collage of ICT for Sustainable Development photographs from around the world.

Send photos of your projects, people, and organizations that are leveraging the power of ICTs to make difference. The contest runs from 2 March to 2 May 2017. The three winning entries in the WSIS photo contest will be awarded and presented at the Forum. In addition the winners will be invited to join ITU’s #ICT4SDG campaign. A dedicated poster and other campaign materials highlighting their work will be created and shared within ITU and its stakeholders.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Moving towards 2025, and following the multi-stakeholder approach, the WSIS Forum will build upon the outcomes of the WSIS+10 Review and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. All WSIS stakeholders are invited to become a partner of the WSIS Forum 2017 and to explore the benefits and available packages.

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Partnership Packages

 



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