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Wednesday, December 20 • 10:10 - 11:10
WSIS Action Lines advancing the Achievement of SDGs (OF88)

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WSIS Forum 2018: 1st Physical Meeting of the Open Consultation Process

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (UNDESA, FAO, UNEP, WHO, UN Women, WIPO, WFP, ILO, WMO, ITC, UPU, UNODC, UNIDO, UNHCR, 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.

In follow up to the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes (Res. A/70/125) and with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals. The WSIS Forum will therefore serve as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 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 WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme and agenda are completely crowdsourced and build during the open consultation process. The inputs received during this meeting will be integrated in the outcomes of the Open Consultation Process of WSIS Forum 2018.

This session will provide an opportunity for the participants to learn more about the WSIS Process, in particular, the implementation of WSIS Action Lines for the Achievement of SDGs, the WSIS Forum 2018 Open Consultation Process, WSIS Prizes 2018, WSIS Forum 2018: Photography Contest, Hackathon, VR for Development and other special tracks.


10:10-10:22: Welcoming Remarks by the co-organizers of the WSIS Forum:

  • 3 Minutes- ITU, Mr Catalin Marinescu, Head, Corporate Strategy Division
  • 3 Minutes -UNESCO, Ms Xianhong Hu, WSIS Action Line Focal Point C9 Media
  • 3 Minutes -UNCTAD,Ms Scarlett Fondeur Gil, Economic Affairs Officer
  • 3 Minutes – UNDP, Ms Minerva Novero-Belec, Policy Specialist

10:22-10:30 Update on the Preparations for WSIS Forum 2018: Ms Gitanjali Sah, Coordinator, WSIS
10:30-11:10 - Q&A/Multistakeholder input, 2018 Open Consultation Process

Remote Participation link: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2017-online-participation-registration

Tag 1: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
Tag 2: #sustainabledevelopment
Tag 3:
Name(s) of Speaker(s): 
- WSIS Action Line Facilitators 
- UN Regional Commission 
- Government 
- Private Sector 
- Civil Society 

Name of Online Moderator: ITU
Background Paper: igf_2017_wsis_open_forum.pdf
Past IGF Participation: Yes
Report Link: http://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/index.php?q=filedepot_download/4115/315
Name: Ms. Gitanjali Sah
Organizational Affiliation: International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on behalf of WSIS Action Line Facilitators

Session Organizers
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Gitanjali Sah

Organizer, World Summit on the Information Society
Ms Gitanjali Sah is an experienced International Civil Servant and has worked with several United Nations Organizations like ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in the field of ICT on Development related policy and implementation issues at an international, regional and national level. At present... Read More →

Wednesday December 20, 2017 10:10 - 11:10 CET
Room XII - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)