WSIS Forum 2022
World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2022
ICTs for Well-Being, Inclusion and Resilience: WSIS Cooperation for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs.
The World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2022 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ICT for development community. The WSIS Forum 2022 started from 15 March onwards in a virtual format with the final week being held physically with enhanced remote participation from 30 May to 3 June 2022 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme of ICTs for Well-Being, Inclusion and Resilience: WSIS Cooperation for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs. 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 2022 WSIS Forum 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 2022 Chairman
H.E. Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami)
Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy
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 2022.Learn more »
WSIS Prizes 2022
From 1 September 2021 to 21 January 2022, all WSIS stakeholders are invited to submit related projects to the WSIS Prize contest. The contest was developed as a mechanism to evaluate projects and activities that leverage the power of ICTs to advance sustainable development.Learn more »
Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize
The WSIS Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize focused on ICTs that specifically address the needs of people 60+ to achieve and sustain an active and engaged life as they age. Interested stakeholders are invited to make submissions starting from 1 December 2021 to 1 March 2022.Learn more »
Hackathon — ICTs for Indigenous Languages
As part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2022 Special Track on ITCs and Indigenous Languages, WSIS, UNESCO, in collaboration with other stakeholders are co-organizing an online hackathon inviting all interested stakeholders to ideate and create ICT solutions that contribute to the intergenerational transmission, preservation, revitalization, and promotion of indigenous languages.Learn more »
Hackathon — Designing a Sustainable Future using ICTs
This International Hackathon is organized across three challenge areas to promote the achievement of SDGs using ICTs. Interested stakeholders are invited to analyze available data and come up with solutions to challenges.Learn more »
Special Initiatives & Special Tracks
Upon request of the WSIS stakeholders, special tracks in various topics will also be organised throughout the WSIS Forum 2022. Please see below special tracks that have been confirmed to date while we await the conclusion of the Open Consultation Process.
ICTs and Gender Mainstreaming
WSIS Special Initiative
Dedicated to the issues of bridging the gender divide, maintaining gender equality, and a 50/50 gender balance Forum through initiatives such as the Repository of Women in Tech and WSIS Gender Trendsetters.Learn more »
Multistakeholder Alliance on ICTs and Older Persons
WSIS Special Initiative
A WSIS Multistakeholder Alliance on ICTs and Older Persons created across different stakeholders types to foster healthy ageing.Learn more »
ICTs and Youth
WSIS aims to include youth perspectives and engage young people in discussions about how technology can provide opportunities to address some of the world’s most pressing issues and provides 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 ICTs and Older Persons track addresses 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.
ICTs and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and Specific Needs
The ICTs and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and Specific Needs 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..View Sessions »
ICTs and Indigenous Peoples and Cultures
There are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the world, accounting for 6.2 per cent of the global population. Indigenous peoples are the holders of a vast diversity of unique cultures, traditions, languages and knowledge systems. They have a special relationship with their lands and hold diverse concepts of development based on their own world-views and priorities.View Sessions »
ICTs for Developing Countries (and LDCs)
This new special track aims to highlight good practices in the implementation of ICTs within developing and least developed countries, while identifying solutions and opportunities to advance progression towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.View Sessions »
As ICT usage becomes increasingly ubiquitous, cybersecurity remains crucial to ensuring universal, secure, and equitable access to the internet. This special track will encompass sessions aligning with the WSIS Action Line C5: Building Confidence and Security in the Use of ICTs.View Sessions »
ICTs and Emerging Technologies for sustainable development and ICTs for Industry 4.0
Emerging technologies are set to have a critical impact in our future. Join us in this special track to explore how frontier technological solutions will address sustainable development challenges and facilitate industry innovation in a rapidly changing world.View Sessions »
ICTs for Well-being and Happiness
Over the past few decades, ICTs have transformed substantially many aspects of our daily lives. How can we evaluate the pervasive effects of ICTs on individuals’ well-being, and shape ICT research and innovation activities towards valuable trajectories? This special track will explore the value of digital technologies in supporting healthy lifestyles across all demographics.View Sessions »
ICTs and Sports
Sport is a one of the most powerful platforms for advancing inclusion and social equality. This new special track will explore how sport can be harnessed to drive sustainable development and peace, and the ways innovative technologies can advance the world of sport for development.View Sessions »