Opening Segment: WSIS Prizes 2021 Ceremony


Session 348

13:00–13:30 (UTC+02:00), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 Real-time human captioning WSIS Prizes

Annual WSIS awards identifying and showcasing ICT success stories in the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs

WSIS Prizes 10th edition was launched in November 2020 and has received close to 1300 submitted ICT projects and initiatives from 130 countries. Following the Online Voting phase where 360 carefully reviewed submissions were nominated, and more than 1.3 million votes cast, the 90 Champions were announce in April 2021. At the WSIS Prizes 2021 Ceremony 18 Winners - one in each of 18 WSIS Action Line categories - will be announced and celebrated.  

The WSIS Prizes 2021 is an exceptional international recognition of WSIS Stakeholders as Winners and Champions for their excellence
in supporting the implementation of WSIS outcomes, in particular WSIS Action Lines supporting achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was developed in response to requests from the WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate projects and activities that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to advance sustainable development. Since inception, the contest of WSIS Prizes has attracted hundreds of thousands of stakeholders.

Following the outcomes of the United Nations General Assembly Overall Review on WSIS (Res. A/70/125) that called for a close alignment between the WSIS Process and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 2020/12 on Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society continued to reiterate the importance of sharing best practices at the global level, and, encouraged all stakeholders to nominate their projects for the annual WSIS Prizes as an integral part of the WSIS
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Based on constructive recommendations and input received from the WSIS stakeholders, we are proud to be introducing the redesigned virtual ceremony, with enhanced promotion of winning projects that have best highlighted social, economic, and environmental impact on the ground, as appreciated by global community. 

Mr. Houlin Zhao
Mr. Houlin Zhao Secretary-General International Telecommunication Union ITU

Ms. Gitanjali Sah (
Ms. Gitanjali Sah Strategy and Policy Coordinator International Telecommunication Union ITU Moderator

Vladimir Stankovic
Mr. Vladimir Stankovic Program Officer International Telecommunication Union ITU Moderator

5G Technology Artificial Intelligence Big Data Blockchain Cloud Computing Cultural Diversity Cybersecurity Digital Divide Digital Economy Digital Inclusion Digital Transformation Education Environment Ethics Health Infrastructure Machine Learning Smart Cities
WSIS Action Lines
  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of governments 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 use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 E–GOV logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-government
  • AL C7 E–BUS logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-business
  • AL C7 E–LEA logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-learning
  • AL C7 E–HEA logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-health
  • AL C7 E–EMP logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-employment
  • AL C7 E–ENV logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-environment
  • AL C7 E–AGR logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — E-agriculture
  • AL C7 E–SCI logo C7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life — 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
Sustainable Development Goals
  • Goal 1 logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2 logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3 logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4 logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5 logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6 logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7 logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8 logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9 logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10 logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11 logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12 logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13 logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14 logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15 logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16 logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17 logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development