UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Mr Engida, at the Opening Ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2014. © UNESCO

WSIS Forum 2015

This year’s WSIS Forum took place from 25 to 29 May in Geneva (Switzerland) under the theme “Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development”. It was organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD. As 2015 is a turning point year when Members States will adopt a new Sustainable Development Agenda, all the sessions of the Forum contributed to establishing a link between ICT and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Key inputs to the WSIS+10 Review process at the UNGA

  • Outcome document of the CONNECTing the Dots Conference – Member States Requested UNESCO’s Director-General at the 196th session of the  Executive Board (decision 196 EX/SR.6) “to forward the outcome document of the “CONNECTing The Dots: Options for Future Action” Conference as a non-binding input to the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations General Assembly World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) overall review process, and the high-level meeting of the General Assembly established by its resolution 68/302.”

The second WSIS+10 Review event, hosted by ITU in 2014, and its Outcome Documents - WSIS+10, Geneva 2014 is also a key input, to which UNESCO contributed.

Post-2015 Development Agenda

2015 is a turning point year. Members States are about to adopt a new Sustainable Development Agenda that will guide development work over the next 15 years. The implementation of WSIS Action Lines can contribute substantially to achieving the future Sustainable Development Goals. Ideas on how UNESCO’s Action Line could contribute are outlined in the attached document.

The United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS’) Joint Statement is a collective contribution of 30 Intergovernmental Organizations to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Joint Statement: English ǀ French ǀ Arabic

2015 Events

UNESCO and WSIS Action Lines

The Geneva Plan of Action, which was agreed at the first WSIS Summit in 2003, identified eighteen areas of activity in which governments, civil society entities, businesses and international organizations could work together to achieve the potential of ICTs for development.

UNESCO is responsible for six of Action Lines as listed below: