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At the WSIS Forum 2019, youth, sports and accessibility among areas to be explored in the context of ICTs for Development

Virtual and on-site press briefing on 9 April 2019, 11:30 CEST

Geneva, 05 April 2019
​​Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum) 2019 will hold a virtual press briefing immediately after the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 9 April 2019, 11:30 – 12:00 CEST.

Media who wish to attend in person can join at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) in Room 18 (pri​or event registration is required – click here to register​).

This year, the WSIS Forum, Geneva, 8-12 April 2019, will focus on information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WHAT: Virtual and on-site press briefing on the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum) 2019. Live captioning will be provided to remote participants. The transcript of the press briefing will be published on the ITU Media Cent​er after the briefing.

WSIS Forum 2019 will feature some special tracks and live events including:​​
    • WSIS Prizes 2019: recognizing outstanding achievements in implementing development-oriented strategies around the globe that leverage the power of ICTs in support of the SDGs.
    • ICTs and Sports track: discover how technology is taking sports to new heights –from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS) to Ultra High-Definition video (UHD), Virtual Reality (VR) and 5G.
    • Youth in ICTs track: youth will be offering their insights, raising questions and proposing solutions to harvest the power of ICTs for the benefit for all.
    • WSIS Accessibility Day: informing and observing how ICTs can help people living with disabilities and people with specific needs. The day will focus on 5 key issues: security, communication, mobility, education and emergencies.
WHY: The programme of more than 250 sessions is fully crowdsourced following an open consultation process. As a result, the workshops and discussions are on topics that the world wants to engage on and which are currently shaping the discourse on ICTs for good, from agriculture, cybersecurity, education, gender equality, health, infrastructure, and innovation. Media will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with experts, decision-makers and beneficiaries of ICTs.

    • ​​​​Mr Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-Gene​ral
    • Mr Mustafa Jabbar, Chairman of the WSIS Forum 2019 and Minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, People's Republic of Bangladesh
WHEN: Tuesday, 9 April, 11:30-12:00 CEST

WHERE: Virtual and on-site. For instructions on how to participate virtually, please see the media note below.
Media wishing to attend in person can join in Room 18 of the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), Switzerland. Registration is required. Register online by clicking here.

Although UN Press accreditation remains valid at the ITU premises, WSIS Forum 2019 event-badges are required to access CICG premises (including its Varembé Conference Center –CCV). Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing so that we can ensure you are registered; you just need to pick up your event badge.

For the complete agenda and detailed information visit the WSIS Forum 2019 website at

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Virtual participation
  • ​Media are invited to register to participate virtually using Adobe Connect by sending their name, media outlet and country to
  • Only registered media will be emailed the link to the press briefing.
  • Please email your questions for the speakers to by Monday 8 April so that we can try to get these addressed by the speakers.
  • Media will also be able to add questions in real-time via chat.
  • Not all questions may be addressed due to the press briefing's time constraints (30 minutes). ​

Click here to read a transcript from the press briefing.