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WSIS Process

  1. 1. World Summit ofInformation Society (WSIS) Alain Nkoyock, Addis Ababa, 3 December 2005 1
  2. 2. WSIS: A Background• The Resolution 73 of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis, USA in 1998• Requested the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to convene the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)• Resolution 56/183 of the UNGA in December 2001• Agreed to convene the WSIS under the Secretary General of the United Nations. 2
  3. 3. WSIS: A Background• WSIS Geneva Phase:10-12 December 2003.• Adopted Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action of the Information Society.• WSIS Tunis Phase: 16-18 November 2005 3
  4. 4. Why WSIS ?• To address the challenges of the Information revolution .• To provide a platform for all key stakeholders to develop a common vision and a concrete Plan of Action on how to increase and extend the benefits of ICT to the world community.• To harness the potential of ICT for achievement of the MDGs of combating poverty and hunger, eliminating illiteracy , reducing infant mortality, balancing gender equality, combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases and ensuring environmental sustainability. 4
  5. 5. WSIS Objectives, Goals & Targets to be achieved by 20151. Connect villages with ICTs by 2010 and establish community access points by 20152. Connect universities 2005, colleges, secondary schools 2010 and primary schools with ICTs by 20153. Connect scientific and research centres with ICTs by 20054. Connect public libraries’ cultural centres, museums, post offices and archives with ICTs by 20065. Connect health centres and hospitals with ICTs by 20056. Connect all local and central govt departments by 2010 and establish websites and email addresses by 20057. Adapt all primary and secondary schools curricula to meet the challenges of the Information Society8. Ensure all the world’s population have access to television by 2015and radio services by 20109. Encourage the development of content and facilitate use of all world languages on the Internet10. Ensure that more than half of the world’s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach11. 90% of Africa population to be within wireless coverage by 2010 and 100% by 2015 5
  6. 6. Action LineС1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in thepromotion of ICTs for developmentС2. Information and communication infrastructureC3. Access to information and knowledgeC4. Capacity buildingC5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTsC6. Enabling environmentC7. ICT Applications•E-government•E-business•E-learning•E-health•E-employment•E-environment•E-agriculture•E-scienceC8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local contentC9. MediaC10. Ethical dimensions of the Information SocietyC11. International and regional cooperation 6
  7. 7. Tunis Issues1. Internet Governance: The control of the Internet by the private company ICANN2. Digital Solidarity Fund: Lack of special fund for building an Information Society 7
  8. 8. THE WAY FORWARDAt International Level• To develop framework of processes, systems and structures to respond: WSIS /MDGs / IAP / Targets• Responsible international bodies: UNDP, The World Bank, ITU, UNESCO and UNAt Regional Level• NEPAD and related Initiatives: Regional bodies: UNECA, ATU and AfDB• ARAPKE: African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE)At Sub-regional level• RECs initiatives/e-strategies on ICTAt National Level• National ICT Policy and Its Implementation Strategies: Government and other multi-stakeholders (Private sector, Civil Society, Media, Parliament, Academia etc.)• Establishing networks on ICT4D• Develop showcasing ICT programs and Projects agreed in WSIS (Geneva/Tunis).• Include gender equality as a goal within analyses, assessments, discussions, conferences and other events; this is together with the need of people with disabilities, minority groups etc. 8