Moderated High-Level Policy Session 13

Session 400

11:00–12:00, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 Popov Room, ITU Tower Captioning Interpretation: E/F/R/S/C/A High-Level Policy Session

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Theme: Gender Mainstreaming


High-Level Track Facilitator: Ms. Shuchita Thapar, Project Manager Cybersecurity Team, National Law University, Delhi


  1. Chairman of WSIS Forum
  2. WSIS Action Line Facilitator ITU – Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Strategic Planning and Membership Department
  3. Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) – HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director (United States)
  4. UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment- Ms. Verona Collantes-Lebale, Deputy Chief, Secretariat 
  5. International Trademark Association (INTA) - Ms. Tish Berard, President-elect 
  6. Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development – Mr. Shahid Akbar, Chief Executive Officer (Bangladesh (People's Republic of))
  7. Health and Environment Program (HEP) – Dr. Madeleine Scherb, President (Switzerland)
  8. Women and Information Society NGO – Mrs. Narine Abazian, President (Armenia (Republic of))
  9. eWorldwide Group - Ms. Salma Abbasi, Chairperson and CEO
  10. Ernst & Young Germany - Dr. Beate Degen, Partner

The WSIS Forum 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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes. The WSIS Forum will therefore serve as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 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).

Policy Statements will be delivered by high-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community, representing the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations. Policy statement sessions will be moderated by High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs) and will be grouped around different themes identified as important by the WSIS Stakeholders during the open consultation process.

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Hea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • AL C7 e-Emp logo C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
  • AL C7 e-Agr logo C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C9 logo C9. Media
  • AL C10 logo C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life below water logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15: Life on land logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development



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