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WSIS Forum 2010: Another step towards knowledge societies

20-05-2010 (Geneva)
WSIS Forum 2010: Another step towards knowledge societies
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The second edition of the annual multi-stakeholder event, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum took place from 10 to 14 May 2010 at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Halfway towards 2015, this year’s Forum provided a great opportunity for participants to reflect upon what has been achieved so far and what the future actions must be.
“Information and communication technologies are becoming, and will continue to be, instrumental in improving the lives of the world’s poorest, which is why the Geneva Plan of Action continues to inform UNESCO’s daily work towards achieving these important goals,” said the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova in her message to the WSIS Forum.

During the Forum, the members of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), coordinating body for 29 intergovernmental organizations to enhance the coherence and the effectiveness of their actions, met in Geneva to discuss future joint action in order to meet the WSIS goals by 2015. At the high-level segment held on 10 May, UNESCO took over the chairmanship of this UN group from ITU, and committed to facilitating important advances in this cooperation mechanism, including more joint action on country level.

The event was jointly organized by UNESCO, ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP in the framework of the WSIS implementation mechanism. More inclusive and open, this year’s Forum attracted about 700 participants from all over the world, including representatives of governments, United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

To facilitate the participation of all stakeholders, webcast, an interactive live blog and captioning services were made available this year. In addition, a photo slide show and video interviews of key personalities of the Forum were also released during the Forum week.

At this important occasion, UNESCO presented its WSIS mid-term assessment, the publication entitled Towards inclusive knowledge societies: a review of UNESCO's action in implementing the WSIS outcomes and organized nine sessions to address critical issues identified by stakeholders through the open consultation carried out prior to the Forum.
WSIS Forum 2010: Another step towards knowledge societies Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, addressing the Forum

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