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The GIP Digital Watch observatory provided just-in-time reporting from WSIS+10 General Assembly High-Level Meeting (HLM), held on 15–16 December 2015. View or download our resources.
The WSIS+10 Process marked the ten-year milestone since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a two-phase summit (2003-2005) which defined the issues, policies and frameworks to tackle information and communication technologies (ICTs) to foster development. In 2015, the process culminated with a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on 15–16 December in New York. Between June and December 2015, a number of events and milestones took place as part of the preparatory process leading up to the high-level meeting.
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The WSIS+10 Process marks the ten-year milestone since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The first WSIS phase, held in Geneva in 2003, concluded with the Geneva Declaration of Principles (link is external) and the Geneva Plan of Action (link is external) identifying specific action lines to advance the achievement of the millennium development goals.
The second phase, held in Tunis in 2005, reaffirmed the commitment to the Declaration of Principles (the Tunis Commitment (link is external)) and designed an implementation mechanism for the action line (the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society (link is external)). The report of the Working Group on Internet Governance (link is external) (WGIG) was used as the basis for negotiations during the second summit.
The 2003-2005 WSIS phase saw the birth of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF); provided a formal set of framework principles for the multistakeholder approach; and introduced the process of Enhanced Cooperation, which was entrusted to Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) operating under the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).
The Tunis Agenda also called for a ten-year review of WSIS, which formally kicked off in 2013 with UNESCO’s first WSIS review meeting (link is external) in Paris 25–27 February. The Final Statement Information and Knowledge for All: An Expanded Vision and a Renewed Commitment (link is external) was adopted in Paris, and later endorsed by UNESCO’s 37th session of the General Conference.
In June 2014, the WSIS+10 High-Level Event (HLE) agreed on a vision beyond 2015, endorsing the WSIS+10 Statement on Implementation of WSIS Outcomes and the WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015 (link is external). The WSIS+10 HLE, which took place in Geneva 10–11 June 2014, reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, took stock of developments, reviewed the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) related to the WSIS Action Lines, and agreed a vision beyond 2015. The process took into account the decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. Stakeholders were involved in the preparation of the WSIS+10 HLE outcome documents. The Open Consultation process – facilitated through the WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform (WSIS+10 MPP (link is external)) – involved several phases. The outcome documents of the HLE underscored the role of ICTs in achieving the objectives of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The new sustainable development goals (SDG), which will build on the millennium development goals (expiring in 2015), were agreed upon in September 2015.
The WSIS+10 HLE was an extended version of the WSIS Forum event, which took place 9–13 June 2014. The Forum Track gathered WSIS stakeholders for discussions on the WSIS process including the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10). The Forum Track Outcome Document (link is external) summarises the outcomes of Forum Track events organised during the WSIS+10 HLE, including interactive country workshops, and thematic workshops. Every year, the WSIS Forum is co-organised by the ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP.
In 2015, the first draft of UNESCO's Internet Study on Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies (link is external) was the subject of CONNECTing the Dots, a UNESCO conference which took place in Paris on 3–4 March 2015. The findings and recommendations of the Internet Study will contribute to the WSIS+10 Review process and the post-2015 international development agenda. The WSIS Forum – the annual meeting of stakeholders that coordinates the implementation of the WSIS outcomes and takes stock of the implementation process – took place on 25-29 May 2015.
The WSIS outcome documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 (link is external) resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit Outcomes in 2015. The process culminated with an intergovernmental meeting (link is external) at the United Nations in New York on 15–16 December 2015, which decided – among other aspects – on the renewal mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the next steps in the enhanced cooperation process. The modalities for this meeting were outlined in a UN General Assembly Resolution (68/302) (link is external) adopted in July 2014, according to which, 'the overall review will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly, to be preceded by an intergovernmental preparatory process', and 'during the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, the President of the General Assembly will organise informal interactive consultations with all relevant stakeholders'. The intergovernmental preparatory process started officially in June with the appointment of the two co-facilitators to lead the negotiation process, and it ended with the high-level governmental meeting on 15-16 December.
Internet Governance Forum: The IGF was established in Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as a forum for multistakeholder policy dialogue to discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance.
International Labour Organization: The ILO promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection, and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.
International Telecommunication Union: The ITU is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. The ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through its work, the ITU seeks to protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.
International Trade Centre: ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Its aim is for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development .
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: FAO's mandate is to support members in their efforts to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food.
UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development: Since 2006, the CSTD has been mandated by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to serve as the focal point in the system-wide follow-up to the WSIS outcomes and advise the Council thereon, including through the elaboration of recommendations to the Council aimed at furthering the implementation of the summit outcomes.
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: UNDESA, part of the UN Secretariat, works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals.
United Nations Development Programme: Since 1966, the UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member states, is the UN body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development. UNCTAD's ICT-related work includes research in science, technology (including ICT) and innovation for development, and helping developing countries design and implement technology and innovation policies for economic growth and sustainable development.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: ESCAP provides a forum for its member States that promotes regional cooperation and collective action, assisting countries in building and sustaining shared economic growth and social equity.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia: ESCWA was set up with the purpose to raise the level of economic activity in member countries and strengthen cooperation among them. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa: ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe: UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration.
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean: ECLAC, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organisation: UNESCO was created in 1945 in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two World Wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization: UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
Universal Postal Union: UPU sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services volumes and improve quality of service for customers.
World Health Organization: The WHO's primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.
World Meteorological Organization:WMO is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.
Association for Progressive Communications: APC promotes the empowerment of citizens through ICT, and advocates access to a free and open Internet, in respect of human rights and freedoms in the online space.
ECPAT works to build collaboration among local organisations and the broader child rights community to form a global social movement (link is external)for protection of children from sexual exploitation.
(Last updated: 22 March 2019)