WSIS Forum 2010: Turning targets into action
2010 is a turning point towards the achievement of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) goals by 2015. The upcoming WSIS Forum (10-14 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland) will be an important opportunity to review the progress made in the WSIS implementation since 2005 and to reconsider strategies for the next five years.
This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of <a target=_blank href="http://www.wsis-community.org">open consultations</a> with all WSIS Stakeholders. It will provide structured opportunities to learn, network, and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on the WSIS implementation.
Moreover, this year's Forum will offer participants a series of diverse interactions, including high-level debates addressing critical issues of the WSIS implementation and follow-up in multi-stakeholder set-ups; WSIS Action Line facilitation meetings; thematic workshops; kick-off meetings for new initiatives and projects; knowledge exchanges facilitating networking among the participants, etc.
The Forum is being co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP. UNESCO is responsible for a high-level debate on social networking and for interactive sessions on the following Action Lines:
<li>C3 and C7: Access to scientific information;
<li>C3: ICT and persons with disabilities;
<li>C7: ICT in education;
<li>C9: Community media for disaster preparedness; and
Relevant documentation about the WSIS Forum 2010, including invitations in six UN official languages and the draft agenda, is available on the <a target=_blank href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/">Forum official website</a>.