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Open consultation on WSIS Forum 2011: Call for participation

22-10-2010 (Paris)
Open consultation on WSIS Forum 2011: Call for participation
The next edition of the WSIS Forum will take place from 16 to 20 May in 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The preparatory process has just started with the launching of an open consultation to elaborate the agenda and to shape the format of the WSIS Forum 2011.
What are the key issues that need to be addressed at the WSIS Forum? Is there any room for improvement in terms of efficiency and effectiveness of the Forum? The debate is now open on the WSIS Community, UNESCO’s online collaborative tool.

In line with the participatory and inclusive spirit of the WSIS Forum, the open consultation will discuss the format and thematic focus of the Forum. The preparation process will be carried out in three steps:

  • Online debate on the WSIS Community platform until 15 November 2010
    Stakeholders are invited to express and exchange their ideas in order to generate possible themes and identify potential speakers for the 2011 Forum. To join this discussion, please click here.

  • Submission of a written contribution using the online form (PDF) until 15 December 2010
    The stakeholders are invited to submit their written contributions, based on debates conducted on the WSIS Community.

  • All submitted comments will be examined during the Final Review Meeting, which will take place at ITU Headquarters in Geneva in February 2011. The details of the Meeting will be announced shortly.

  • The WSIS Community is an online collaborative platform, based on open software, and developed by UNESCO with the purpose of facilitating interactions among stakeholders, in addition to physical annual consultation meetings. A debate will shortly be launched on the platform and UNESCO. Please submit any of your suggestions and ideas about topics to be discussed to: wsis@unesco.org.
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