WSIS Stocktaking Interactive Session


Session 355

12:00–13:00 (UTC+02:00), Friday, 21 May 2021 Real-time human captioning Special Session

Special Documentary Premier: A Global WSIS Response - Amid the Pandemic

Join us in unique opportunity to learn how ICTs are making economic, social, and environmental impact on the ground around the world in 2021. As part of the WSIS Process-related interactive sessions moderated by the WSIS Team, this session will host speakers from different regions and various stakeholder types, seeking to provide useful, replicable, and actionable information on the use of ICTs to make social, economic, environmental and cultural impact to WSIS community and beyond. We invite all stakeholders to make good and timely use of this session and data shared, reach out to our speakers, and promote ICTs as enablers of SDGs. 

WSIS Stocktaking is a unique global platform for collecting information and annual reporting on information and communication technology related initiatives and projects, carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society, academia and other entities. The global repository aligns all the projects with the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs.

In 2021, WSIS Stocktaking will launch an annual WSIS Stocktaking Global Report with more than 1,700 projects received, Success Stories reflecting the 18 WSIS Prizes Winning projects, and the special publication on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response, showcasing the ICT Case Repository with more than 400 submitted projects and solutions.

The Coronavirus Response - ICT Case Repository

This WSIS Stocktaking COVID-19 ICT Case Repository was initiated with the objective to collect and share ICT-based solutions to respond to the widespread challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic while highlighting their alignment with the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs. The aim of this COVID-19 ICT Case Repository is to help stakeholders to continue forging partnerships, to collaborate and implement ICT projects, policies and new measures in these exceptional circumstances.

Special Documentary Premier: A Global WSIS Response - Amid the Pandemic - watch here

We invite all for the first-ever virtual WSIS documentary on the WSIS community response to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic. As part of the WSIS Stocktaking: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response – ICT Case Repository, this short film depicts some of the innovative ICT solutions our stakeholders have been implementing since April 2020. 

The footage from the special interviews and workshops conducted with the WSIS community since January 2021, was used to create a video compilation that will showcase the efforts of different stakeholders from across the world using ICTs to address some of the challenges caused by the pandemic. This in turn will help to further promote ICTs and WSIS as efficient tools to address emergencies and achieve the SDGs.

WSIS Photo Contest

The WSIS Photo Contest aims to build a collage of photographs from around the world that depict how ICTs are playing an enabling role in achieving the SDGs. The three winning entries from the WSIS Photo Contest have been announced and will presented at the this session. The photos collected through the WSIS Forum photo contests are free to use for marketing, promotional, informational and educational or awareness purposes, via printed or digital or online media, as long as they are consistent with our mission.

All interested parties are invited to use WSIS Photo Contest photos for free but must follow the conditions of an attribution guidelines and photos are credited WSIS Photo Contest with the watermark in digital use or with credit line for paper copies of the photos.

Mr. Malcolm Johnson
Mr. Malcolm Johnson Deputy Secretary-General International Telecommunication Union ITU

Ms. Mneesha Ohri Nahata
Ms. Mneesha Ohri Nahata Senior Vice President, Legal & Chief Sustainability Officer - WSIS Prizes 2021 Winner American Tower Corporation (USA)

Mneesha Nahata is Senior Vice President, Legal & Chief Sustainability Officer at American Tower Corporation. Ms. Nahata joined American Tower in 2005, where she focuses on corporate governance and compensation matters, sustainability, public disclosures and investor outreach, securities law matters, risk management and public affairs initiatives. Prior to American Tower, Ms. Nahata was a business law associate at Locke Lorde, working with public and private companies on equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and other general corporate and securities matters.  Ms. Nahata holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Tufts University. She is a frequent panelist on sustainability, securities law and governance matters. Ms. Nahata serves on the Board of the American Tower Foundation and its Social Justice Committee, and is a member of Nareit’s Social Responsibility Council. In addition, she serves on the Advisory Board of the Brookline Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving excellence and innovation in public school education and the Board of Governors at Longwood Cricket Club.

Mr. Sergei Dutov
Mr. Sergei Dutov CEO, Global Challenge, Director of Business Development and Industrial Partners Skolkovo Foundation, Russian Federation

Sergei Dutov is a business development director of Skolkovo Foundation, the biggest startup hub of Russia. He develops and executes open innovations initiatives of large corporations such as Huawei Technologies, Group (the largest Russian IT holdings), Russian Post, TCS Group (one of the world’s biggest online banks). He has organized hi-tech roadshows and business missions to China, Singapore, Switzerland and Italy. Being the first citizen of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre campus, he builds a sustainable ecosystem for hi-tech development and commercialization. Sergei is responsible for R&D facilities of IT corporations. He leads international projects with UN’s subsidiaries and international startups’ ecosystems. Under his guidance Skolkovo Foundation has become an official member of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Global Compact.

Sergey is the founder and CEO of the Global Challenge initiative that aims to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) among the hi-tech community around the world. Starting from 2019, he launches programs, tools and road shows of technologies supporting SDG’s. In 2020 more than 280 technology startups took part in SDG competition, 24 startups presented their solutions across Switzerland, China, Russia and Singapore. In 2021 he initiated SustainTech Map - the map of technology companies that are addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SustainTech Map allows to gather and to visualize innovative technologies for SDGs and to provide ongoing multi-stakeholder communication and public-private partnerships between technological community, corporate world and global SDG players: UN and World Economic Forum. 

Mr. Víctor Hugo Casillas Romo
Mr. Víctor Hugo Casillas Romo Professional Photographer and WSIS Photo Contest 2021 Winner Mexico

Visual Artist, photojournalist, activist and writer, with 35 years of experience with international projection, particularly in the area of the environment, human rights, scientific and Mexican traditions, which has received national and international awards, he has been recognized by the United Nations, the Queen Elizabeth II, Government of México, etc.

His work has spread throughout the world, with 120 winning prices,  350 exhibitions, and 100 publications in books and magazines in 26 countries around the world.

Dr. Haruo Okamura
Dr. Haruo Okamura President Global Plan (Japan)

A high-speed optical transmission and standards expert. He is currently the president of Global Plan Inc. and the developer of the "Okamura Model," a low-cost optical cable solution for remote areas that is already being used in Japan and is now being implemented to bring free WiFi to the Mt. Everest and Annapurna region of Nepal.

Ms. Geeta Mehta
Ms. Geeta Mehta President & Co-founder Asia Initiatives (International)

Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University in New York. Geeta received her M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in New York and her PhD from the University of Tokyo.  She is the president of AI and her duties include the management of daily operations and relationship between the foundation with its local partners and outside vendors.

Dr. Salah Alnajem
Dr. Salah Alnajem Professor of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing - WSIS Prizes 2017 Winner Kuwait University (Kuwait)

Professor at Kuwait University from 1998 until present, Salah is also the founder and CEO of Information Age Consulting ( He received his Master’s and PhD degrees in Computational Linguistics from Essex University in England. Dr. Salah also worked as a consultant at the National Assembly (Kuwaiti Parliament) (From 2015 till 2017). He also worked as a consultant for the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kuwait University (from2004 till 2016and from 2013 till 2015). He is a consultant for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (from 2013 until 2014). Dr. Salah has 24 years of academic experience in Computational Linguistics and Natural Language processing. This experience forms a solid ground utilized in delivering our products and services.

Dr. Hannah Thinyane
Dr. Hannah Thinyane Principal Research Fellow United Nations University Institute in Macau (China)

As the Principal Research Fellow at United Nations University Institute in Macau, Hannah leads the Migrant Tech Research Project. Since 2016 she has led a multi-disciplinary team, innovating and inventing ICTs to support proactive and consistent screening of workers in situations of labour exploitation and human trafficking. She has over 15 years’ academic and practical experience in the area of mobile computing, ICT for development, and human-computer interaction.

Ms. Karla Velasco Ramos
Ms. Karla Velasco Ramos Regional Coordinator REDES A.C. (Mexico)

Karla holds a BA in International Relations from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). She was one of the 15 people selected for the programme "Innovation for Equality" organised by Berkeley University and Prospera. She regularly participates in international telecommunication forums, as she advocates for the development of a regulatory framework for community networks in Latin America. Through her participation in Permanent Consultative Committee 1 of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission of the OAS, she coordinated a questionnaire for the report Community Networks in Latin America: Challenges, Regulations and Solutions, which offers an analysis of the existing regulations on community networks in Latin America.

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

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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