WSIS Forum 2017 will be held from 12–16 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. More info.

Moderated High-Level Policy Sessions

14:0014:50 Session ONE:
WSIS Action Lines and the 2030 Agenda

  • Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU
  • Chairman: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, United States of America
  1. High-Level Track Facilitator (HLTF): Dr. Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV)
  2. WSIS Action Line Facilitator: Ms Doreen Bogdan, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU
  3. Antigua and Barbuda — H.E. Mr Melford Walter Nicholas, Minister, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information Technology
  4. Guinea-Bissau — H.E. Mr João Bernardo Vieira, Secretaria de Estado dos Transportes e Comunicações da Guiné-Bissau
  5. Russian Federation — H.E. Mr Nikolay Nikiforov, Minister, Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
  6. Group of Fifteen — Mrs Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, on behalf of the Group of Fifteen
  7. Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation — Mr Shola Taylor, Head of Organization
  8. International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) — Mr Leon Strous, President
  9. DiploFoundation and Geneva Internet Platform — Mr Jovan Kurbalija, Head of Organization
  10. Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties International — Mr Kokula Krishna Hari Kunasekaran, Head of Organization

14:5015:40 Session THREE:
WSIS Action Lines and the 2030 Agenda

  • Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU
  • Chairman: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, United States of America
  1. High-Level Track Facilitator (HLTF): Ms. Karen McCabe, Senior Director of Technology Policy and International Affairs, IEEE, USA
  2. UN Action Line Facilitator: Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Acting Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  3. United States of America — H.E. Mr  Daniel A. Sepulveda, Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State
  4. Lao P.D.R.  H.E. Hiem  Phommachanh, Minister of Post and Telecommuications
  5. Madagascar  H.E. Mr Neypatraiky André Rakotomamonjy, Minister, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and new technologies
  6. Swaziland  H.E. Mr Dumsani Ndlangamandla, Minister, Ministry of Information Communications and Technology
  7. Mexico  Mr Victor Lagunes, Chief Information Officer, Presidency of Mexico
  8. Turkey  Mr Ömer Fatih Sayan, Head of  Information and Communication Technologies Authority
  9. OECD  Dr Vincenzo  Spiezia, Senior Economist, Measurement and Analysis of the Digital Economy, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

15:4016:30 Session FIVE:
Bridging Digital Divides

  • Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU
  • Chairman: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, United States of America
  1. High-Level Track Facilitator (HLTF): Ms Chinmayi Arun, Executive Director, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, India
  2. UN Action Line Facilitator: Mr Cosmas L. Zavazava, Chief of Department, Project Support and Knowledge Management, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU
  3. Ethiopia — H.E. Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael Measho, Minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology 
  4. Gabon — H.E. Pastor Ngoua N'Neme, Minister, Ministry of Digital Economy and Posts
  5. Japan — H.E. Mr Yasuo Sakamoto, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
  6. Asociación Interamericana de Empresas de Telecomunicación (ASIET) — Mr Pablo Bello, Secretary General
  7. World Economic Forum — Mr Alex Wong, Head, Global Challenge Partnerships, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  8. EUROLINC  France, Mr Louis Pouzin, Project Director
  9. Africa ICT Alliance – AfICTA  Dr. Jimson Olufuye, Chairman

16:3017:00 Session SEVEN:
Enabling Environment

  • Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU
  • Chairman: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, United States of America
  1. High-Level Track Facilitator (HLTF): Ms. Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive director of the Association for Progressive Communications , APC, South Africa
  2. WSIS Action Line Facilitator: Mr. Kemal Huseinovic, Chief of the Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department, ITU
  3. Côte d'Ivoire — H.E. Mr Bruno Nabagné Koné, Ministre de la Poste et des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication, Porte-parole du Gouvernement
  4. Maldives — H.E. Umar Naseer, Minister of Home Affairs
  5. Qatar — H.E. Mr Khalid Al-Hashmi, Assistant Undersecretary of Minister of Transport
  6. South Africa — H. E. Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services
  7. Zimbabwe — H. E Dr Win B. J. Mlambo, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services
  8. Singapore — Mr Keng Thai Leong, Deputy Chief Executive, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)
  9. African Telecommunications Union — Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General
  10. Nokia — Mr Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Nokia Government Relations

 


WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland