The 2018 edition of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum) will be held on 19–23 March, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The annual WSIS Forum is a global multistakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum is co-organised by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organisations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNICEF, and UN Regional Commissions). It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.
The Forum will serve as a platform for discussions on the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means of implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The one week long event will include more than 150 sessions tackling a wide range of issues, from access and digital divide, to cybersecurity and privacy, and from the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, to multilingualism and cultural diversity. There will also be a High-Level Track which will include interactive policy dialigue, a ministerial round table, and a high-level networking programme.
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The GIP Digital Watch observatory provided just-in-time reporting from the WSIS Forum 2018. Throughout the week-long event, stakeholders from around the world discussed the role of information and communications technologies in achieving the sustainable development goals. Our team of rapporteurs prepared just-in-time reports from most sessions on digital policy issues, with the aim of enabling the community to keep track of discussions happening simultaneously. The GIP's just-in-time reporting initiative was supported by ICANN and the Internet Society.
[Update] The Summary Report is now available.
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