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WSIS Stocktaking process was launched in 2004. WSIS Stocktaking process provides information on ICT-related initiatives and projects with reference to the 11 WSIS Action Lines (Geneva Plan of Action) carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and other entities. To this end, in accordance with §120 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society adopted by the Summit, WSIS Stocktaking Database was further maintained as a publicly accessible system under the stewardship of ITU to assist with the WSIS Follow-up, beyond the conclusion of the Tunis phase of the Summit.
The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to collect information, share knowledge and experiences and leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and. In this context, WSIS Stocktaking process provides a portal of best practices for stakeholders seeking updated information on the progress of implementation of WSIS outcomes (see Geneva Plan of Action, §28.e).
Since the WSIS Stocktaking Process was established, five editions of Global WSIS Stocktaking report were prepared; each of them included latest information on WSIS related activities contributed by stakeholders. This exercise provided stakeholders with the platform to have an overall picture of and a sharper insight into latest WSIS activities undertaken toward achieving WSIS goals. The 6th edition of the WSIS Stocktaking report is under preparation and will be released and presented at WSIS +10 High Level Event. Other editions of the report for the following years 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013 will also contribute to the WSIS+10 High-Level Event.