C9. Media: Free, Independent and Pluralistic Media at the Heart of Post-2015 Development Agenda


It is high time to discuss an updated assessment of the contribution of free, pluralistic and independent media for development for articulating clear goals and targets for post-2015 sustainable development goals. The session aims to build up the connection between free, pluralistic and independent media and sustainable development from diverse perspectives and with an empirical approach. The session will bring in multi-stakeholder experts to highlight the unique role of free, independent and pluralistic media as promoted to WSIS Action Line C9 in advancing national development, good governance and sustainable development as well as lasting peace at global level.

UNESCO takes the occasion to present its comprehensive Internet Study titled “Keystones to Foster Inclusive Knowledge Societies:  Access to information and knowledge, Freedom of Expression, Privacy and Ethics on a Global Internet”, as mandated by its 37th General Conference Resolution 52 (2013), as well as the Outcome Document of the “CONNECTing the dots” conference which was based on the findings of the Internet Study. UNESCO’s 196th Executive Board has decided to forward the Outcome Document of the “CONNECTing the dots” conference as a non-binding input to the post-2015 development agenda; the UN General Assembly overall WSIS review process; and to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly established by General Assembly resolution 68/302.

UNESCO Internet Study is available at the link:




Speakers / panellists


  • Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


  • Mr William Dutton, Michigan State University
  • Mr Frank La Rue, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe
  • Ms Aida Mahmutovic, Association of Progressive Communication
  • Mr Istvan Bozsoki, Head of Division, BDT/IEE/SBD, ITU
  • Ms Elvana Thaci, the Council of Europe
  • Mr Giacomo Mazzone, European Broadcasting Union
  • Mr Pavan Duggal,  Cyberlaws.Net
  • Representative from Google (TBC)
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C9. Media

Session 206
  • Thursday 28 May,
  • Popov Room (Room B), ITU Tower
  • Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

WSIS Forum 2015 | Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development
25–29 May 2015, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland