Opening remarks by Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General
WSIS Regional Review "Digital Transformation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals"
28 August 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand
I am going to be brief because this meeting is about you. We want to hear from you, whether you are an Action Line Facilitator, a government representative, an expert, or a member of an international or a regional organization, how we can foster partnerships, what the regional challenges and opportunities are, and what we can do together to strengthen the implementation and alignment of the WSIS Action Lines and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific region.
And so today I am happy to share the stage with two longstanding partners of ITU − the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Chair of the WSIS UN Regional Commission, and the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity.
They are joined by two WSIS Prize Winners and the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Thank you all for your continued support and your commitment to building an inclusive information society.
This plurality of voices and ideas is the very essence of the WSIS community and the WSIS Process. And that is why the WSIS Forum has developed as the leading multi-stakeholder ICT for development event in the world.
Let me point out that today’s deliberations and outcomes will be included in the Open Consultation Process for next year’s WSIS Forum. This forum will serve as a platform to track the achievements of the WSIS Action Lines and provide information and analyses of their implementation since 2005.
As I said at the third session of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Steering Committee and WSIS Regional Review last Monday, the WSIS Action Lines have withstood the test of time. I am confident that what we learn from the Asia-Pacific region will help us continue to strengthen the implementation and alignment of the WSIS Action Lines and the SDGs here in Asia and the Pacific and in the rest of the world.
With that, I wish you all a successful meeting and hope to see all of you for the WSIS Forum 2020 scheduled to take place in Geneva between 30 March and 3 April.