Open Consultation Process

Shaping the Themes and Format of WSIS Forum 2023

The WSIS Forum 2023 is scheduled to be held from 13 to 17 March 2023 at the ITU Headquarters premises in Geneva, with the support of remote participation. Virtual workshops will continue in April & May. 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 to Contribute to the Open Consultation Process

Invitation Letter

The First Meeting of the OCP (Phase II) will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with remote participation at 10:00-11:00 CET /12:00-13:00 EAT (revised in accordance with the end of Daylight Saving Time) during IGF 2022.

Phase I

Launch of the OCP

7 September 2022

Phase II

1st Meeting

30 November 2022

Phase III

2nd Meeting

13 January 2023

Phase IV

Special WSIS Forum 2022 Chairman Session

1 February 2023


Deadline for Submissions of Official Contributions and Binding Requests for Workshops

1 February 2023

Phase V

3rd Meeting

13 February 2023

Phase II: 1st Meeting

30 November 2022

The 1st Meeting of the open consultations took place on Wednesday 30 November 2022, 10:00–11:15 CET (12:00-13:15 EAT) during IGF 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Remote participation facilities were made available for this meeting.

Phase I: Virtual Launch of the Open Consultations

7 September 2022

The virtual launch of the open consultations took place on Wednesday 7 September 2022, 13:00–14:00 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: Wednesday, 1 February 2023

  • 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 2023. | Deadline: Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Launch of the WSIS Photo Contest 2023

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 2023. | Deadline: Wednesday, 1 February 2023