WSIS Forum 2020
Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships: WSIS Action Lines for achieving SDGs
Virtual Workshops and Special Tracks: Starting from 22 June 2020
Final Week: 7–10 September 2020
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2020 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The WSIS Forum, co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/Co-Facilitators, has proven to be an efficient mechanism for coordination of multi- stakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multi-stakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals. This Forum will provide structured opportunities to network, learn and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. The Agenda and Programme of the Forum will be built on the basis of the submissions received during the Open Consultation Process.
Furthermore, the 2020 WSIS Forum (WSIS+15) will provide an opportunity to serve as a platform to track the achievements of WSIS Action Lines in collaboration with the UN Agencies involved and provide information and analyses of the implementation of WSIS Action Lines since 2005.
WSIS Action Line Facilitators
WSIS Forum 2020 Chairman Designate
H.E. Mr. Gustavo Montalvo
Minister of the Presidency
To ensure gender balance at the WSIS Forum 2020 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.
Win & Share
Building a collage of ICT for Sustainable Development photographs from around the world demonstrating how ICTs are playing an enabling role in achieving the SDGs. The three winning entries from the WSIS Photo Contest will be awarded and presented at the WSIS Forum 2020.Learn more »
WSIS Prizes 2020
Over 800 projects from around the world were submitted for the 2020 contest. At the conclusion of the voting phase 90 projects that best leverage the power of ICTs to advance sustainable development were selected as Champions. The Eighteen Winners will be announced during the Forum.Learn more »
WSIS Forum 2020 Hackathon is collaborating with the Open Seventeen Summer Challenge towards Innovating for a Sustainable Post-Pandemic World. The focus of this online month-long event is on achieving real-world impact while learning about crowdsourced innovation methodologies.Learn more »
Virtual Reality for SDGs
Pursuing a first partnership in 2016, WSIS and World VR Forum join forces to be at the forefront of Virtual Reality for advancing development. A shiny new Virtual Reality Track will be held at the WSIS Forum 2020 bringing together high-level personalities, world class VR experience and a very special focus on education.
Open Space Talk platform dedicated to share experience and inspirational stories from determined ICT practitioners from around the world. Experiences of both daily podcasts and the evening event of WSIS TalkX will be presented.Learn more »
ICTs and Sport
Aims to encourage the international community to promote Sport as an Enabler of Sustainable Development, highlighting the aspects of youth empowerment and innovative Technologies. A brand new Gaming and E-sport component will be held at the WSIS Forum 2020 bringing together interactive gaming experience and a highlight on positive social impact of gaming industry.
ICTs and Youth
WSIS aims to include youth perspectives and engage young people in discussions about how technology can provide a platform where youth can offer their insights and understanding of the information society, its challenges and opportunities, and where they can raise questions but also propose solutions to harvesting the power of ICTs towards equally distributed social impact.
ICTs and Older Persons
The ageing of the global population will be the defining demographic trend of the 21st century—yet our societies struggle to see the opportunities that this trend can unfold. The new ICTs and Older Persons track will address the role of technology in achieving healthier ageing, but also how technology can help us build smarter cities, combat age-based discrimination at the workplace, ensure financial inclusion of older persons, and support millions of caregivers across the world. The Global Coalition on Ageing is the leading partner for this track.
ICTs and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and Specific Needs
The Accessibility track aims to inform and observe how ICTs can help people living with disabilities whilst focusing on progressing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Innovation for SDGs
The Innovation for SDGs track aims at providing a platform for all stakeholders to present success stories and good practices as well as discuss systemic approaches towards building ICT-centric innovation ecosystems accelerating digital transformation and facilitating achievement of SDGs