The WSIS Stocktaking Database as a publicly accessible system providing information on ICT-related initiatives and projects carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and other entities with reference to the 11 WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action.
Since 2005, regular reporting has been a key tool for monitoring the progress of ICT initiatives and projects worldwide. WSIS Stocktaking has been playing a crucial role during many years and this role takes on even greater significance in the light of the WSIS+10 review process on the implementation of WSIS outcomes.
WSIS Prizes a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for their efforts in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. The contest, open to all wsis stakeholders, is an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking Process and comprises prizes in 18 categories that are directly linked to the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action.
The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and share knowledge and experience of projects by replicating successful models designed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The WSIS Stocktaking process was initiated in October 2004 during the Tunis phase of WSIS, and in the years since has come to comprise the database of:
- exchanges of information on projects
- sharing of best practices of certain regions
- initiatives related to the implementation of the 11 WSIS action lines
- linkage between the 11 action lines and the SDGs – a linkage that becomes more and more important over the years.
WSIS and the SDGs
The direct linkages between the WSIS action lines and the SDGs are crucial to continuing to strengthen the impact of ICTs for sustainable development. Each United Nations action line facilitator has analysed the connections and relations between their respective action lines and the proposed SDGs and their targets to create a clear and direct linkage and an explicit connection between the key aim of WSIS – harnessing the potential of ICTs to promote and realize the SDGs – and the post-2015 development agenda, to contribute to the realization of the latter. The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and share knowledge and experience of projects by replicating successful models designed to achieve the SDGs.
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is a unique two-phase United Nations (UN) summit that was initiated in order to create an evolving multi- stakeholder platform aimed at addressing the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs) through a structured and inclusive approach at the national, regional and international levels.
The WSIS Forum represents the world's largest annual gathering of the 'ICT for development' community and has proven to be an efficient mechanism for coordination of multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange and sharing of best practices; and it continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder partnerships to advance development goals.
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