WSIS Forum focuses on post -2015 development agendaListen /
This year's forum of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), has been described as a unique opportunity to develop multi-stakeholder consensus on what is needed for the WSIS process in the future to ensure that the bottom-up approach of the process is preserved. Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, also noted that the decisions concerning modalities also respect the real requirements of the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for socio-economic development, while ensuring growth in the ICT ecosystem itself."
In the coming week, the WSIS Forum will focus on the future of information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly as an engine of growth in a post-2015 development environment.
Delegates will engage in discussions on a number of diverse topics, such as ICT infrastructure, cybersecurity, enabling environment, e-learning, e-health, e-agriculture, media, accessibility, and ethics.
High level dialogues with government ministers and representatives from business and civil society will examine: Women’s empowerment in the information Society: systematic, scalable strategies; Smart climate change monitoring: Expanding access to information on weather, climate and water; ICT innovations and standards: Creating technology for the next three billion; Securing cyberspace in a borderless world: Vision 2015 and beyond; ICTs and post 2015 goals; Youth and ICTs .
The annual meeting is to review and measure progress towards targets set in Tunis in 2005 at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Donn Bobb, United Nations.