Geneva phase

The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003.

UNESCO at WSIS in Geneva

At WSIS in Geneva UNESCO introduced its concept of Knowledge Societies, stressing plurality, diversity and inclusiveness. The concept underlines that the use of information and communication technology (ICT) must take into account universally recognised human rights, with special attention to four principles: freedom of expression; universal access to information and knowledge; cultural and linguistic diversity and quality education for all. 

Side events

Preparatory meetings


WSIS Preparatory Committee Meetings (PrepComs):

WSIS Regional Conferences:

Other Events:

Discussion forum for Civil Society

An online discussion forum for Civil Society was aimed at formulating proposals for the Draft Action Plan of WSIS that was discussed at the second meeting of the WSIS Preparatory Committee (PrepCom II, Geneva, Switzerland, 17-28 February 2003). Final report

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