WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman & High-Level Track Facilitators
The WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman and the 16 WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Track Facilitators announced.
High-Level Policy Sessions
Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organization are invited to register for a speaking slot for their high-level officials.
WSIS Photo Contest.
Join the first ever WSIS Forum Photo Contest
Call for Official Submissions to the WSIS Secretariat on the Thematic
Aspects and Innovations on the Format.
• Share your views the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the forum
• Recommend speakers
• Request thematic workshops
• Request exhibition stalls
Call for Major Stakeholder Coordination Mechanisms following the WSIS
Process to Identify and Nominate High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs)
for the WSIS Forum 2017.
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
Policy Statements will be delivered during the High-Level Track (13-14 June 2017) of
the WSIS Forum 2017 by high-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community,
representing the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International
Organizations. The high-level track will consist of the opening segment, interactive
policy dialogues, ministerial round table, and a high-level networking programme.
Policy statement sessions will be moderated by high-level track facilitators and will
be grouped around different themes identified as important by the WSIS Stakeholders
during the open consultation process.
H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Minister of Youth and ICT
The Policy Sessions will be moderated 16 by High-Level
Track Facilitators nominated and identified by
Policy Statements will be delivered by more than
60 high-ranking officials of the
WSIS Stakeholder community. The High-Level Policy Sessions will be
divided into fifteen sessions covering fourteen themes. The themes
are based on the Geneva Plan of Action, in particular the WSIS
Action Lines, and build on the outcomes of the United Nations
Overall Review and the submissions received during the open
ITU Secretary-General: Houlin Zhao
UNIDO Director General: Li Yong
WIPO Director General: Francis Gurry
ITC Executive Director: Arancha González
The WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme
is completely crowdsourced. The engagement of governments, civil
society, the private sector, academia, the technical community
and intergovernmental organizations in the preparatory process
ensures broad ownership and continual improvements of the Forum.
The Agenda and Programme
for the Forum is built on the basis of official submissions received
during the Open Consultation Process on thematic aspects
and innovations on the format of the WSIS Forum 2017.
The WSIS Secretariat received more than 250 submissions
containing proposals on the thematic aspects and innovations on the
format of the WSIS Forum 2017, including binding requests for
partnerships, workshops, exhibition spaces, and the like.
The Agenda for the Forum is now
available, built thanks to the engagement WSIS multistakeholder
community in the preparatory process. The Forum will build upon two tracks,
the High-Level Track, and the Forum Track, with more
than 140 sessions scheduled to be held
over the 6 days.
Building on the WSIS-SDG Matrix developed by UN WSIS Action Line Facilitators,
a mapping tool is available to emphasize the linkages between
the Action Lines and the SDGs identified by WSIS Stakeholders in
their respective sessions and workshops.
The ITU, UNESCO,
UNDP are pleased to invite you
to the WSIS Forum 2017, which the ITU will host in Geneva (Switzerland) from 12 to 16
June 2017. An invitation letter in all six official UN languages is available here. This event builds upon the tradition of
annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of open consultations with
all WSIS Stakeholders. Registration
is necessary for all WSIS Stakeholders intending to
participate in forum or the Open Consultation Process physical meetings.
The Forum will be hosted by ITU and will take place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. ITU issued badges will be required to enter the ITU and CICG buildings. Additional practical information about Geneva and the ITU, and badging information is available here.
To facilitate the participation and ensure the inclusion of all WSIS Stakeholders, remote participation has been designed as an integral feature of the Forum. Stakeholders who wish to participate remotely will be able to do so via either the Webcast Service or the Adobe Connect platform.
As a special feature for registered participants an online community platform will be available as an extension of the WSIS Forum 2017 to help you meet other registered participants, start conversations, interact with scheduled speakers and build your personalized schedule of sessions. As a confirmed participant of the Forum, you will be automatically registered to the online community platform and will receive an invitation to complete your profile.
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.
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.
After a successful debut at WSIS Forum 2016, TEDxGeneva and the WSIS Forum bring you to the crossroads of our fast-changing society--the crossroads of technology acceleration, human tradition, artificial intelligence, and an interconnected world.
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.
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.
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 22 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.
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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