ITU Council 2000, Resolution 1158

Resolutions and Declarations

Approved at the eleventh Plenary Meeting

The Council,


a. that Resolution 73 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference provided for the holding of a World Summit on the Information Society and requested the Secretary-General to consult the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) of the United Nations on the subject and to report to the Council on the results of that consultation;

b. that ACC, at its April 1999 meeting, expressed its support for the ITU initiative concerning the organization of such a summit;

c. that several agencies in the United Nations system have expressed the wish to be associated with the organization of such a summit;

d. that the Secretary-General had reported on his consultation with ACC to Council-99 and that the Council had instructed him to carry out a feasibility study on the holding of the summit,


a. with satisfaction that the feasibility study was carried out by the General Secretariat with its own resources;

b. that a great majority of Member States have expressed keen interest in holding the summit as soon as possible,

noting also with satisfaction

that a number of countries have already expressed their readiness to host the World Summit on the Information Society and preparatory meetings for the summit,

instructs the Secretary-General

  1. to pursue coordination with the other international organizations and with partners concerned (Member States, Sector Members, etc.) with a view to holding the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003; the coordination process will also serve to define precisely the necessary actions and preparations, funding, objectives, an agenda, follow-up and a division of tasks in the light of the areas of responsibility of each of the partners;
  2. in collaboration with the other partners, taking into account the opinions and the different suggestions put forward by Council-2000 to prepare a detailed report for the 2001 session of the Council on the following matters:
    • the topics to be addressed by the summit and the nature of its output in the light of consultations by the Secretary-General of the other United Nations agencies interested in the preparation and financing of the summit;
    • to identify the date, duration and venue of the summit;
    • the ITU contribution which would allow the Union to participate in the summit, including contributions by other agencies, without increasing the contributory unit;
  3. to enter into consultations with the ACC and the countries who have expressed their readiness to hold the summit with a view to taking a decision, if possible by consensus, on the venues for the summit and the preparatory meeting(s) before the end of 2000, in order to enable future host countries to make the necessary arrangements;
  4. to take the necessary actions in preparation for the holding of the summit and the preparatory meeting(s).