Opening Ceremony (Statements):
The Opening Ceremony sets the priorities of the WSIS Forum 2017, bringing forth a wide range of topics within the Global Information and Knowledge Societies while emphasizing the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), WSIS Action Lines in particular, regarding the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this way, the WSIS Forum 2017 builds upon the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (UNGA Resolution 70/125), which recognized the necessity of holding this Forum on an annual basis and called for a close alignment between WSIS and the SDG processes.
The WSIS Forum 2017 will therefore serve as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the SDGs and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1). The WSIS-SDG Matrix, developed by UN WSIS Action Line Facilitator and presented at the WSIS Forum 2015, will serve as the mechanism to map, analyse and coordinate the implementation of WSIS Action Lines, and more specifically, ICTs as enablers and accelerators of the SDGs.
The ceremony will begin with opening statements from the host, co-organizers, partners and representatives of stakeholders engaged in the WSIS Process. The Opening Ceremony will conclude with the handing out of the WSIS prizes.
The format, agenda, and the thematic focus of the Forum is a result of an open consultation process with the involvement of all WSIS Stakeholders. The Forum will build upon two tracks, the High-Level Track, and the Forum Track.
10:00–10:15 Appointment of the Chairman of the WSIS Forum 2017 and Announcement of High-level Track Facilitators
10:15–11:15 Multistakeholder Partnership for WSIS Implementation
Award Ceremony for the Prize for WSIS Forum 2017 Hackathon Winner
High-Level Strategic Dialogue - ICTs for Advancing the Implementation of SDGs: Cross-Sectoral Engagement, Linkages and Implementation
WSIS Project Prize Ceremony
Eighteen WSIS Project Prizes will be awarded during this session recognizing successful initiatives by governments, private sector actors, civil society members and partnerships between all stakeholders. wsis.org/prizes. The winners are awarded for their tremendous efforts and achievements on implementation of WSIS outcomes.
View the more 100 confirmed high-level speakers.
WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman & High-Level Track Facilitators
The WSIS Forum 2017 Chairman and the 14 WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Track Facilitators announced.
High-Level Policy Sessions
Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organization are invited to register for a speaking slot for their high-level officials.
WSIS Photo Contest.
Join the first ever WSIS Forum Photo Contest
Call for Official Submissions to the WSIS Secretariat on the Thematic
Aspects and Innovations on the Format.
• Share your views the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the forum
• Recommend speakers
• Request thematic workshops
• Request exhibition stalls
Call for Major Stakeholder Coordination Mechanisms following the WSIS
Process to Identify and Nominate High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs)
for the WSIS Forum 2017.