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


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are pleased to invite you to the WSIS Forum 2016.

Invitation Letter:

The WSIS Forum 2016 will be held from 2–6 May 2016 in Geneva Switzerland. This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders. Registration is necessary for WSIS Stakeholders intending to participate in forum or the Open Consultation Process physical meetings.

To ensure gender balance at the WSIS Forum 2016 we encourage all WSIS Stakeholders planning to be present at the Forum to nominate the women speakers for sessions and workshops, in particular the high-level segment.

Onsite Participation

Please make sure you have read the registration information below before registering.


Remote Participation

In order to facilitate the participation and ensure the inclusion of all WSIS Stakeholders, remote participation has been designed as an integral feature of the WSIS Forum 2016.


Practical Information

The Forum will take place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. ITU issued badges will be required to enter the ITU and CICG buildings. Click more for practical information about Geneva and the ITU, and for badging information.


Accreditation process for the WSIS Forum

Accreditation is required in order to attend the WSIS Forum 2016.

Accreditation is a continuous process. An organization that was granted accreditation to attend the WSIS Forum 2015 will normally be entitled to attend this year's Forum, under the condition that the status of the entity and/or participant has not changed since the last accreditation. In any case, ITU reserves the right to request new documents of credentials if it deems necessary.

Participants employed by the following entities will be automatically accredited (under condition that the link between the participant and the entity is obvious):

  1. a Member State of the United Nations or of one of its Specialized Agencies;
  2. the European Union;
  3. any entity, intergovernmental organization and other entities that have received a standing invitation from the UN General Assembly to participate in the capacity of observers in the sessions and work of all international conferences convened under the UNGA auspices;
  4. the Specialized Agencies, the IAEA, the WTO, the OPCW and the CTBTO;
  5. other intergovernmental organizations invited by the ITU Secretary-General;
  6. interested organs of the United Nations;
  7. associate members of UN Regional Commissions;
  8. ITU Sector Members, Associates and Academia; and
  9. non-governmental organizations, civil society, and business sector entities that have physically attended WSIS Forum in 2015 (under condition that their status and the status of the applicants has not evolved since their last accreditation).

Other non-governmental organizations, civil society, and business sector entities not yet accredited or whose status has changed, who wish to attend the WSIS Forum 2016 and contribute, need to fill out this e-questionnaire with the required information and send it to The latest deadline for submitting the accreditation application is two weeks before the event (i.e. 18 April 2016); participants who need a visa are strongly recommended to complete the accreditation procedures early enough so to have sufficient time remaining to organize their visa process (at least four weeks before—i.e. by 1 April 2016).

Registration process for on-site participation

Please make sure you have read the accreditation process before registering.

Although individual registration remains possible, registration for entities will be facilitated if done by a designated focal point (DFP) (one per entity). Therefore, we strongly encourage accredited entities to designate a DFP who will be responsible for handling registration of participants via username and password. Your organization needs to have been duly accredited before a Focal Point may be designated. Also, participants registered via a DFP have to be part of the entity or need to have a strong link to the entity represented. Further credentials for an applicant may be requested if the WSIS team deems necessary.

If you were already an accredited DFP last year: you should normally have received an e-letter indicating your username & password to be used in order to register your team for WSIS Forum 2016; should you not yet have received your username & password for this year, or if the DFP details need to be updated, then kindly contact

Accredited DFPs can use the secured link below to access the online registration form:

Non-accredited entities/individuals may still register via the link below, but they will also be requested to complete the e-questionnaire:

Registration requests for non-accredited entities/individuals may not be answered if not accompanied by the/or with an incomplete e-questionnaire.

Confirmation of registration: each accredited participant will receive an e-confirmation to the email address provided in the registration form.

The e-confirmation will be the sole document provided for visa support.

Media accreditation

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