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Report on the WSIS Stocktaking 2012

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This document is the report of the comprehensive programme of the WSIS Forum 2012 features five High-level Dialogues, a Ministerial Round Table, the official WSIS +10 Review Kick-off Meeting, WSIS Action Line Facilitation Meetings, Interactive Sessions, Thematic & Country Workshops, Knowledge Exchanges and Exhibitions. A Ministerial Round Table on the first day will explore the post-2015 ICT ecosystem, the role of technology in tomorrow’s development paradigm and strategies to track national progress more effectively, in order to set the development agenda beyond 2015. The agenda includes interactive dialogues and information exchanges on a wide range of key topics such as rural development, multilingualism, environmental sustainability, education, health care, disability and innovation. ICTs for Sustainable Development, Advancing the Green Agenda, Women and Girls in ICT, ICTs for Post Conflict Reconstruction and Governance of Cyberspace and Cyberpeace are among the other hot issues that will be discussed during the High-Level Dialogues. Today, ICTs provide the opportunity for representation and inclusion of all stakeholders in the WSIS Forum by way of remote participation. In order to facilitate participation and inclusion of all WSIS stakeholders, remote participation was designed as an integral feature of the WSIS Forum 2012. Building on the success of e-participation facilities rolled out at WSIS Forum 2011, the organizers have worked towards integrating the most user-friendly and widely employed tools for encouraging remote participation at WSIS Forum 2012. These easy-to-use tools enabled two-way communication allowing WSIS stakeholders to participate in the WSIS Forum at their own convenience and, at the same time, disemminate information about the different sessions and happenings at the forum.

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Information and Communication Infrastructure: An Essential Foundation for the Information Society

As stated in the Geneva Plan of Action, ICT infrastructure plays an important role in achieving WSIS objectives. The construction and development of essential infrastructure within countries continue to contribute to progress towards WSIS targets such as digital inclusion, and encourage the creation of universal, sustainable and affordable access to ICTs for all. This chapter illustrates some of the initiatives relevant to this field.

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