The meeting provided an update on the preparatory process for the WSIS Forum 2016. The WSIS Forum has been held annually, since 2009 as a platform for discussions and sharing of good practices with regard to the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.
In preparation for the 2016 edition of the Forum, stakeholders were invited to contribute their views on the format, content and organisation of the event, as well as to submit workshop proposals. It was noted that the Forum is an opportunity to demonstrate that information and communication technologies have an important role to play in the implementation of the sustainable development goals, and, as such, the community was encouraged to consider these linkages in their submissions. Reference was made to the WSIS+10 resolution, and it was said that the document itself contains a number of themes that could be highlighted at the WSIS Forum; the 'gender digital divide' was given as an example in this regard. Suggestions were also asked on how the Forum could innovate and become more engaging, and how to make better use of remote participation.
The WSIS Open Consultations First Physical Meeting will be held at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. Remote Participation will be available.
The WSIS Open Consultation Process is structured in five phases as follows:
Phase I: 4 November 2015 - Opening of the Open Consultations
Online dialogues on the WSIS Knowledge Communities
Official Submissions to the WSIS Secretariat on the Thematic Aspects and Innovations on the Format
Phase II: 20 January 2016 - First Physical Meeting, ITU Headquarters, Geneva. Remote Participation will be available.
Phase III: 30 January 2016 - Deadline for Submission of Official Contributions and Binding Requests for Workshops
Phase IV: 26 February 2016 - Final Review Meeting, ITU Headquarters, Geneva. Remote Participation will be available.
Phase V: 1 April 2016 - Final Brief, ITU Headquarters, Geneva. Remote Participation will be available.
For additional Information and updates, visit: www.wsis.org/forum.
The call for update and new entries 2015-2016 has been launched. All stakeholders are invited to submit entries online. Entries submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Database will be reflected in the WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016 which will be released at WSIS Forum 2016. Responses can be handed in until 1 March 2016.
The newly designed WSIS Stocktaking platform has been launched. It is bringing a more interactive interface with several innovative aspects that will be more appealing to the users. The new Stocktaking platform will also feature new questionnaire that will reflect the transition from MDG’s to Sustainable Development Goals, and what is the impact of freshly submitted ICT projects on SDGs. Visit the new platform at www.wsis.org/stocktaking