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N°14, 21 APRIL 2004
The preparatory meeting for the Tunis
phase will be held from 24 to 26 June 2004
The provisional Bureau of the WSIS Preparatory Committee
(PrepCom) decided, at its 31 March 2004 meeting, that the
first preparatory meeting for the Tunis phase is to be held in
Hammamet (Tunisia) from 24 to 26 June 2004. The provisional
Bureau confirmed that one of the meeting's tasks will be to
specify the structure and mechanisms for the second phase of
WSIS, as well as the expected outputs. All information
concerning the preparatory meeting will be published on the
official WSIS web site..
Deadline for accreditation: 12 May 2004
Non-governmental organizations and civil society and
private-sector entities who wish to participate in the
preparatory meeting of June 2004 and who are not yet
accredited to the PrepComs for the Geneva phase (see lists
of accredited entities), should submit the accreditation
request form to the Executive Secretariat by 12 May 2004
at the latest by fax (fax number 00 41 22 730 63 93) or by mail.
Requests submitted after the deadline can be considered only
for the next WSIS Preparatory Meeting.
Dates for registration of members of accredited organizations
and entities will be provided as soon as possible.
Informal preparatory meeting held in Tunis on 2 and 3 March 2004
The Tunisian Government, in coordination with ITU, invited the members of the new intergovernmental
PrepCom Bureau, the civil society Bureau, HLSOC (High-Level Summit Organizing Committee) and CCBI
(Coordination Committee of Business Interlocutors)
to attend an informal preparatory meeting in Tunis on 2 and 3 March
2004 for the purpose of launching discussions on the structure and mechanisms for the second phase of
WSIS. Some 100 people took up the invitation and participated in the informal discussions on the
preparatory process for the Tunis phase.
In the course of the discussions, Tunisia stressed the importance of continuity and cohesion between
the two phases of the Summit, as well as the need to be guided by the principle of "digital
solidarity" with the objective of limiting the digital divide between the countries of the North and
those of the South and of setting up an Action Plan extending, beyond the Tunis phase in 2005, to the
year 2015. Tunisia proposed that the second phase of WSIS should be placed under the theme "
Partnership for sustainable development based on
solidarity". See the corresponding press
release from the Tunisian Government.
Composition of the new WSIS PrepCom Bureau
The governments participating in WSIS have agreed on the composition of the new Bureau of the
Preparatory Committee for the Tunis phase. The provisional Bureau decided to raise the number of
countries per region to six. Further to this decision and to regional consultations on the matter, the
five regions designated their representatives to serve in the new
provisional PrepCom Bureau for the
Tunis phase. In its new composition, the provisional WSIS PrepCom Bureau met for the first time on 19 March 2004. The composition of the PrepCom Bureau for
the Tunis phase, as well as its chairmanship, will be formally approved during the above mentioned
WSIS fundraising campaign launched
On 5 April 2004, the ITU Secretary-General launched a fundraising campaign for WSIS 2005 to support
the preparatory process for the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society. The
campaign marked its first success with a donation of CHF 386 300 from the Government of Japan. Several
Member States and other players announced, moreover, that they would be supporting WSIS by seconding
experts to the Executive Secretariat. Costs in respect of the preparatory process for the Tunis phase
are expected to amount to CHF 15 million. The goal of this campaign is to raise at least CHF 5
million, to be paid into the WSIS Special Fund, with the remaining amount to be covered by in-kind
contributions from various partners. For more information, please consult the
ITU Workshop on Internet Governance. Results
ITU has just published the detailed Report on the Workshop on Internet governance
organized on 26 and 27 February 2004 in Geneva, together with the
Report from President Shyamal
The Workshop organized by ITU was held as a follow-up to the first phase of the World Summit on the
Information Society (Geneva, 10-12 December). The workshop highlighted participants’ views that the
scope of governance activities should be articulated in a neutral and systematic ways and should make
the difference between "hard" forms of governance, which involve laws, regulations or standards, and
"soft" forms, such as cooperation and coordination. This approach would make it possible to map big-
picture issues such as development of technology for equitable and sustainable global development and
more narrow-focused issues such as the use of common resources and the exchange of specific services
and products between nations. Other key components of governance issues that were highlighted included
information and network security, protection of citizens’ rights and consumer interests, support for
cultural and linguistic diversity, and measures to deal with spam.
See also the ITU
ITU Working Group on WSIS. Results of the fifth meeting
The fifth meeting of the ITU Council WG-WSIS, open to all Member States and Sector Members, took place
in Geneva on 25 February 2004, in order to discuss the output from the Geneva Phase of the Summit, and
evaluate the possible role ITU could play in the implementation of the Declaration and Action Plan,
and on the organization of the Tunis phase of the Summit.
Participants noted that in the WSIS Declaration of Principles (Para 64), ITU’s core competencies are
considered of crucial importance for building the Information Society, and that some 8 of the 11 key
principles in the Declaration relate to the mandate of ITU and most of them require that ITU play a
leading role in implementation
In order to prepare the final report to Council 2004, the sixth meeting of the Council WG-WSIS will be
held at ITU Headquarters in Geneva from 7 to 8 June 2004.
Further information and meeting documents are available at the
ITU-D activities relating to WSIS
Given the major synergies that exist between the outputs of the Geneva Summit and ITU's Istanbul
Action Plan, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is in no small way concerned with the
implementation of the WSIS Action Plan. See the List of BDT activities planned for 2004.
Global Forum on Internet Governance
The UN ICT Task Force Global Forum on Internet Governance that was held on 25 and 26 March 2004 at United Nations headquarters in New York brought together leading players and stakeholders interested in Internet
governance, including United Nations Member States, civil society, the private sector and
intergovernmental organizations, including ITU. The Global Forum, organized by the United Nations
Information and Communication Technologies Task Force, enabled the United Nations Secretary-General to
lay emphasis on the need to create new, inclusive and partnership-based models for Internet regulation
that would allow for the needs of all the peoples of the world to be taken into consideration. See the corresponding United Nations press release.
A Swiss diplomat appointed to head the Internet Governance secretariat
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Swiss diplomat Mr Markus Kummer to head the
Internet Governance secretariat. This secretariat is to be established in Geneva at the Palais des
Nations with the task of assisting the Secretary-General in setting up the Working Group on Internet
Governance. The establishment of the working group was decided by WSIS in December 2003 in Geneva, the
participating governments having at that time requested the United Nations to set up a working group
on Internet governance to study, during the run-up to the 2005 Summit and within the framework of an
open and inclusive process, issues relating to Internet governance, and to formulate proposals with
regard to the measures to be taken. See the corresponding United Nations press release.
With best regards,
WSIS EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT