Virtual WSIS TalkX


The WSIS TalkX is a platform, both virtual and physical, dedicated to sharing experiences and inspirational stories about ICTs for development (implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for Development) by stakeholders all over the world. The WSIS TalkX was initiated during the WSIS Forum 2019 and at the request of stakeholders as a continuous virtual series since April 2020. More than 30 physical and virtual sessions have been conducted, which have all been adapted to podcasts and are available to listen and download at WSIS TalkX Podcast. The WSIS TalkX this year have been conducted in a virtual format where WSIS stakeholders have highlighted their linkages with the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs, in particular, in relation to the global response to COVID-19. The interactive talk series is also an opportunity to hear from the globally recognized WSIS Prizes awardees, as well as from the partners of the WSIS Forum.

Past Sessions

Innovating against food loss and waste 30 September 2021, 15:00 – 16:30 (UTC+02:00)

The number of people suffering from chronic hunger has risen since 2014, while at the same time tons of food, as well as the natural resources and energy needed to grow and transport it are wasted every day. According to FAO and UNEP, an estimated 14 percent of all food produced for human consumption is lost from production up to the retail level and 17 percent is wasted at the retail and consumption levels each year. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation, with the disruption of…

UN International Day of Older Persons 2021 - Digital Equity for All Ages 30 September 2021, 16:00 – 17:15 (UTC+02:00)

On October 1, 2021, the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) will be celebrated with the theme, “Digital Equity for All Ages.” The topic aims to address the rapid growth in digital technologies and the transformational effects they are having across all sectors of society. To ensure inclusivity and access and realize the goals of the UN and World Health Organization’s Decade of Healthy Ageing, the adoption of digital technologies must occur across all age groups, with a…

How ICTs Enhance Resilience and Awareness in Countries at Risk: Lessons Learned from International Collaboration 13 October 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (UTC+02:00)

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is held every 13 October. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made in reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. For the year 2021, the focused theme is on “International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses.” Extreme weather events, earthquakes, tsunamis, as well as pandemics and other human made related hazards pose continued challenges to countries and…

World Cities Day: Building Climate Resilient Cities with Digital Transformation 28 October 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 (UTC+02:00)

To celebrate the World Cities Day 2021 and as part of the WSIS TalkX, ITU and Geneva Cities Hub are organizing a webinar dedicated to supporting cities to use digital transformation to improve adaptation actions and achieve urban resilience. For example, the Internet of Things are enabling cities to collect climate data for better monitoring of the climate and response to different hazardous situations. Digital twins are powerful assets that cities are using to carry out high-precision…

WSIS TalkX on ICTs and Peace 10 November 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (UTC+01:00)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UN Technology Bank for Least Developing Countries are organizing a webinar dedicated to the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Peace, as part of the WSIS TalkX. The use of digital technologies can provide information in advance to understand how conflicts are evolving to raise awareness and make informed decisions to respond and mitigate the conflict risks. Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) also provide…

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Reducing Inequalities Through Technologies: A Perspective on Disability Inclusive Development 3 December 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (UTC+01:00) Real-time human captioning Sign language interpretation

One billion persons with some form of disability can benefit from assistive technologies that can facilitate their social, economic and political engagement, including their participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives and ambitions for sustainable development. Persons with physical, sensory, cognitive/learning or invisible disabilities represent nearly 15% of the world population with a higher prevalence in developing countries. The number of persons with a disability is…

Upcoming Sessions

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 11 February 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+01:00)

UN World Radio Day 14 February 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+01:00)

UN Zero Discrimination Day 1 March 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+01:00)

UN World Wildlife Day 3 March 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+01:00)

International Women's Day 8 March 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 (UTC+01:00)


The WSIS Team is organizing and coordinating the Virtual WSIS TalkX, however the content is stakeholder driven, and the statements, opinions, and conclusions expressed in the WSIS TalkX do not reflect the views of the organizers. We regret any errors or omissions that may be unwittingly made.