WSIS Forum 2010: Turning Targets into Action - towards 2015
The year of 2010 marks a turning point for assessing the progress made towards WSIS implementation during the past five years and for proposing new strategies to ensure the achievement of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) goals by 2015.
The WSIS Forum 2010 will be held from 10 to 14 of May 2010 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The organizers, UNESCO, ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP set-up an exceptional event: More than 800 participants have registered. Four heads of UN agencies, many ministers, CEOs, civil society, representatives from academia and other stakeholders will participate in a week full of high-level debates, facilitation meetings, thematic workshops, interactive sessions, knowledge exchanges and kick off meetings. There will also be an exhibition and several publication releases and two receptions for the participants.
This years WSIS Forum agenda was created based on open consultations with WSIS stakeholders (<a href="www.wsis-community.org">see www.wsis-community.org</a>).
UNESCO will contribute to the organization of <a href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/hl/hl_3.html">two high-level debates on social networking</a> and <a href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/hl/hl_4.html">ICTs for disaster management</a>, as well as interactive sessions on Action Lines in which UNESCO is responsible including:
- C3 & C7: Access to scientific information;
- C3: ICTs and persons with disabilities;
- C3: ICT and gender
- C7: Education and ICTs
- C8: Multilingualism
- C8: Indigenous Peoples - a thematic workshop
- C9: Community media for disaster preparedness and;
- C10: Info ethics.
UNESCO will also present its WSIS mid-term assessment, a publication entitled: Towards Inclusive Knowledge Societies - A review of UNESCO's action in implementing the WSIS outcomes at the Forum.
UNESCO will exhibit at an international level their programs and activities, carried out in context of the WSIS outcomes and the promotion of knowledge societies practices. The UNESCO exhibition stand aims to share success stories on ICT implementation, display ICT content and reference material about flagship initiatives, showcase innovation in the area of ICT, and facilitate the exchange of information among potential partners.
It is still possible to register and join the Forum. For those who will not be able to attend physically, they will be able to join through webcast and remote participation features, accessible at <a href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/">www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/</a> (going through the agenda to the sessions of your interest.
The draft agenda and invitations (in six UN official languages) are available on the WSIS Forum official website at <a href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/">www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/</a>.
Relevant documentation about the WSIS Forum 2010, including invitations in six UN official languages and draft agenda, are available on the Forum webpage at <a href="http://www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/">www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2010/forum/geneva/</a>.