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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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Introduction to WSIS

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 56/183 (21 December 2001) endorsed the holding of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva, from 10 to 12 December 2003, and the second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005. The objective of the first phase was to develop and foster a clear statement of political will and take concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all, reflecting all the different interests at stake and the objective of the second phase was to put the Geneva Plan of Action into motion as well as to find solutions and reach agreements in the fields of Internet governance, financing mechanisms and follow-up and implementation of the Geneva and Tunis documents.

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