WSIS 2021 High-Level Interactive Policy Sessions
H.E. Mr. Maxim Parshin
Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media
The WSIS Forum 2021 serves 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). The WSIS Forum also provides a platform to track the achievements of WSIS Action Lines in collaboration with the UN Agencies involved and provides information and analysis of the implementation of WSIS Action Lines since 2005.
The WSIS Forum 2021 High-Level Track will start on 22 March, with the High-Level Policy sessions. The final week of the Virtual WSIS Forum 2021 will take place on 17-21 May 2021, featuring an opening segment, a Ministerial round table, and High-Level dialogues.
The High-Level Policy sessions will gather High-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community, representing the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations. Interactive policy statement sessions will be moderated by High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs), nominated and identified by each stakeholder type and will be grouped around different themes identified as important by the WSIS Stakeholders during the open consultation process. The main task of the HLTFs is to capture the vision, identify emerging trends, opportunities and challenges shared by the leaders of their session.
The concluding session of the High-Level Track will take place during the final week of the WSIS Forum 2021. During the concluding session, the WSIS Forum 2021 Chairman will provide an executive summary, giving a platform for all the HLTFs to submit the outcomes of their respective policy session. A publication entitled “WSIS Forum 2021: Policy Statements and Executive Brief” will be issued to encapsulate these outcomes.