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 World Summit on the Information Society, First Phase: 10-12 December 2003

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is held in two phases. The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003. The objective of the first phase was to develop and foster a clear statement of political will and take concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all, reflecting all the different interests at stake.


At the Geneva Phase of WSIS nearly 50 Heads of state/government and Vice-Presidents, 82 Ministers, and 26 Vice-Ministers and Heads of delegation as well as high-level representatives from international organizations, private sector, and civil society provided political support to the WSIS Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action that were adopted on 12 December 2003. More than 11,000 participants from 175 countries attended the Summit and related events.


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Official Documents: Declaration of Principles, Plan of Action, agenda, Rules of Procedure...

Administrative Documents: information for participants, time management plan, annotated agenda...

Contributions: documents with inputs from the different stakeholders:


 Statements by Session


Opening ceremony (10 December 2003)

General Debate (all sessions): Plenary Sessions 1 to 5

Closing session (12 December 2003)

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