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A series of open-ended intergovernmental preparatory committees (PrepComs) was used as the starting point to define the agenda for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). An initial proposal on the themes of the Summit was prepared for the consideration of the committees for the first PrepCom (1-5 July 2002) Word PDF [Español Word PDF, Français Word PDF].

The central requirement for setting the agenda and determining the possible themes for the Summit is that the process be transparent and inclusive. For that reason, parties were invited to submit contributions and comments to the development of the themes. The contributions were posted on the website, in their original language, unless the contributing party had specifically requested that they should not be.

A summary of the preliminary contributions and comments received up to 18 June 2002 is available here. (  Word  PDF)

Contributions from WSIS Secretariat
Contributions from Governments

Contributions from UN Agencies
Other Contributions
Regional Conferences

PrepCom 1
WSIS Working Group
(Resolution 1196 of the ITU Council converted the WSIS Liaison Committee of the Council into a WSIS Working Group)



Contributions from WSIS Secretariat
Document number Contributor Date Comments   


WSIS Secretariat 31 May 2002 Comment on this document View comments


Contributions from Governments
Contributor   Date
European Union

English:     Word  PDF 
  Word  PDF 
  Word  PDF 

21 June 2002

   Word  PDF

11 June 2002
United States of America   21 May 2002
Australia   Word  PDF 21 May 2002
Romania    Word  PDF 5 July 2002


Contributions from UN Agencies
Contributor Date
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

13 March 2002

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)  
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) April 2002
International Labour Organization (ILO)  
Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 23 April 2002
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) April 2002
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) May 2 2002
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)  
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) June 2002


Other Contributions 
Contributor   Date
Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality   Word  PDF 3 July 2002
Peer to peer: from technology to politics to a new civilisation, Michel Bauwens, Belgacom   Word  PDF 25 July 2002
UK Network for a Civil Society Link with the UN General Assembly (UNGA-Link UK)   Word  PDF 20 November 2002
E-governance initiatives - India    Word  PDF

December 2002



Regional Conferences 

Region/City: Africa/Bamako

Final Declaration, African Regional Conference 
Déclaration finale, Conférence Régionale Africaine Other conference documents


English:     Word  PDF Français:   Word  PDF

 28-30 May 2002


PrepCom 1 
Contributor   Date
Statement for the Group of 77 and China     Word  PDF  24 July 2002
Debate on the opportunities and obstacles for women and men in the digital revolution      Word  PDF  23 August 2002

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