Open Consultation Process

Shaping the Themes and Format of WSIS Forum 2021

WSIS Forum 2021 will be held from 17-21 May 2021, the Agenda and Programme of the Forum will be built on the basis of the submissions received during the Open Consultation Process (OCP). The Open Consultation process aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum. This process actively engages multistakeholders in the preparatory process to ensure broad ownership and further improvements of the Forum. The Open Consultation Process will include a collection of inputs from regional and national WSIS related events.

Open Consultation Phases


Invitation Letter

Phase I

Launch of the OCP

9 September 2020

Phase II

1st Virtual Meeting

6 November 2020

Phase III

2nd Virtual Meeting

1 February 2021

Phase IV

Deadline for Submissions

8 March 2021

Phase V

Final Brief

19 April 2021

Phase III: 2nd Virtual Meeting

1 February 2021

The 2nd Virtual Meeting of the open consultations took place on Monday 1 February 2021, 14:00 to 15:00 CET.

Phase II: 1st Virtual Meeting

6 November 2020

The 1st Virtual Meeting of the open consultations took place on Friday 6 November 2020, 10:10 to 11:10 CET during IGF 2020. Remote participation facilities were made available for this meeting.

Phase I: Virtual Launch of the Open Consultations

9 September 2020

The virtual launch of the open consultations will took place on Wednesday 9 September 2020, 15:00–16:00 CEST. Stakeholders were invited to participate remotely through the remote participation facilities.

Official submissions

Stakeholders are invited to make official submissions to the WSIS Secretariat for the Open Consultation Process. | Deadline: 8 March 2021

  • Share your views the thematic aspects and innovations on the format of the forum
  • Recommend speakers
  • Request thematic workshops
  • Request exhibition stalls
Open Call for High-Level Track Facilitators

Call for Major Stakeholder Coordination Mechanisms following the WSIS Process to Identify and Nominate High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTF) for the WSIS Forum 2021. | Deadline: Deadline: 8 March 2021

Launch of the WSIS Photo Contest 2021

Participate in building a collage of photographs from around the world demonstrating how ICTs are playing an enabling role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Three winning entries will be awarded and presented at the WSIS Forum 2021. | Deadline: 8 March 2021