Open Consultation 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, scheduled to be held from 12-16 June 2017 at ITU in Geneva. 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 will benefit from remote participation.


Invitation letter
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Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon 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
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao 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

Open Consultation Phases

The Open Consultation Process for the WSIS Forum 2017 is structured in six phases as follows:

Phase I

Opening of the open consultation process

01 September 2016

Phase II

First physical meeting

12 October 2016

Phase III

Second physical meeting

14 February 2017

Phase IV

Deadline for official submissions and binding requests for workshops

1 March 2017

Phase V

Final review meeting

14 March 2017

Phase VI

Final brief meeting

10 May 2017

Phase II: First physical meeting

The first physical meeting of the Open Consultation Process was held on 12 October 2016 at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Phase III: Second physical meeting

The second physical meeting of the Open Consultation Process was held on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Phase V: Final review meeting

The final review meeting of the Open Consultation Process will be held on Tuesday 14 March 2017, 15:00–18:00 in Room A at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Remote participation facilities will be available for this meeting.

Phase VI: Final brief meeting

The final brief meeting of the Open Consultation Process will be held on Wednesday 10 May 2017, 15:00–18:00 in Room A at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Remote participation facilities will be available for this meeting.



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