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The World Summit on The Information Society: Asian Civil Society Response. About WSIS and Asia Pacific Regional Conference NGO/Civil Society Participation Discussion paper “The World Summit on the Information Society: an Asian Response” ACSF: Our Contribution.

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The World Summit on The Information Society: Asian Civil Society Response

  • About WSIS and Asia Pacific Regional Conference

  • NGO/Civil Society Participation

  • Discussion paper “The World Summit on the Information Society: an Asian Response”

  • ACSF: Our Contribution

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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The World Summit on The Information Society: Asian Civil Society Response

  • Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan

    • Academic research institute and NGO; information society, ICTs and public policy

    • http://www.glocom.ac.jp & http://www.glocom.org

  • Japanese non-profit sector representative to the (Digital Opportunities Task) DOT Force

  • Coordination (not represent) for Asian NGOs/Civil Society for participation in WSIS Asia/Pacific

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

  • Proposed by delegates to the ITU Plenipotentiary Meeting in 1998

  • Endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly as a multi-sectoral approach

  • UN global summit under the high patronage of the Secretary General

  • Two-Phase:

    • Geneva in December 2003 will adopt a Declaration of Principles and Action Plan

    • Tunis in 2005 will assess progress and refine the Action Plan with a focus on development

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

"To develop a common vision and understanding of the Information Society, to better understand its scope and dimensions and to draw up a strategic plan of action for successfully adapting to the new society"

  • Proposed themes for WSIS:

    • Access to ICTs for all

    • ICTs as tools for social and economic development

    • Confidence and security in the use of ICTs

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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WSIS Meeting Timeline

  • Preparatory Committees

    • PrepCom 1 – Geneva 1-5 July 2002

    • PrepCom 2 – Geneva, 17-28 February 2003

    • PrepCom 3 – Geneva, September 2003 (tentative)

  • 2002-2003, Regional Preparations

    • African – Bamako (Mali) 28-30 May 2002

    • Pan European – Bucharest (Romania) 7-9 November 2002

    • Asian – Tokyo (Japan) 13-15 January 2003

    • LA & C – Bávaro (Dominican Republic) 29-31 January 2003

  • 2003: December 10-12, WSIS (1) Geneva

  • 2004-2005: PrepComs

  • 2005: WSIS (2) Tunis

  • http://www.itu.int/wsis/

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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WSIS Asia Regional Meeting. Tokyo, January 11-15, 2003

  • Pre-meeting “side events”, January 11-12

  • January 13: Opening and panel discussions

  • January 14: Statements and reporting & comment session

  • January 15: Reports and adoption of output (half-day)

  • January is a busy month!

  • http://www.wsis-japan.jp/

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Civil Society Participation and Contribution

  • CS Input welcomed

    • Conference reports will be accepted as input to the regional meeting (formal process this week)

    • Declaration - specific suggestions and recommendations

    • Action plan - specific suggestions and recommendations (tangibles, more than talk)

  • Organizers want your help - recognizing CS is hard

  • Write to wsis@soumu.go.jp

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Logistics and Process Issues

  • www.wsis-japan.jp/

    • Register by December 13

      www.wsis-japan.jp/conference/registration.html

  • infoDev, UNDP/ADB/ Govt. of Japan. Fellowships are available and cover airfare and accommodation for developing nation; NGOs; Caucus groups; Pacific Islands; SE Asian LDCs

  • Registration process: open, web-based, no accreditation but details required

    • If you need a fellowship you must say so

    • Hurry, visas take time

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Agenda

  • Note “to be fixed” = an opportunity

  • Day 1: Opening and panel discussions

  • Day 2: Statements and reporting & comment session

  • Day 3: Reports and adoption of output (half-day)

  • Pre-meeting “side events”, January 11-12

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Agenda January 13: Panel Discussions

  • Opening sessions – launch the conference

  • Keynote speech

  • Sessions are responsibility of the “organizer” taking multi-sectoral approach

    • Cultural Linguistic Diversity (UNESCO)

    • Development and ICT (UNDP)

    • Future of e-economy (Private sector)

  • NGO panel – to be confirmed and discussed

  • “to be fixed” think of it as an opportunity to contribute, first via wsis@soumu.go.jp

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Agenda January 14

  • Keynote speeches

  • Statements

    • Government, International Organization, Private Sector, Civil Society

  • Wrap Up Session

    • Input from pre-conferences

    • Input from Tokyo side events

    • Reports from day 1

    • Intervention from floor

  • Drafting group - CS representative(s) ?

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Agenda January 15

  • Report from the organizer

  • Speech by Japanese PM (TBC)

  • Adoption of “Declaration” (output of the meeting)

  • NGO next steps meeting (possible) ?

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Side Events: January 11 & 12

  • Organized by the United Nations University, http://www.unu.edu/wsis/

    • (closing date by 27 December, 2002)

  • Gender: Beijing JAC (Japan Accountability Caucus)

  • Youth: GKP/Youth Forum

  • Pacific Islands:PIF, GKP/FDC, PIDO

  • NGO Forum: (proposed) Communication rights as human rights and human security

  • Your issue?

  • Coordinating plenary for Asian civil society

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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ACSF contribution to WSIS Asia

  • Proposal, use “The World Summit on the Information Society: an Asian Response” report as an organic working paper

  • Over the next few days produce an ACSF statement from this working paper

  • Continued discussion this evening at the Royal Princess Hotel, 7F: 6:30 pm (until you want to finish…)

  • Report back to the Plenary, Friday morning

  • Friday the Thirteenth (What’s next?)

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Contacts

  • WSIS Asia;

    • http://www.wsis-japan.jp/

    • NGO Contact point: ap-wsis@glocom.ac.jp

    • General Email: wsis@soumu.go.jp

  • Izumi Aizu: izumi@anr.org

  • Adam Peake: ajp@glocom.ac.jp

  • Thank You

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Contacts

  • WSIS Asia;

    • Main information point: http://www.wsis-japan.jp/

    • NGO Contact point: ap-wsis@glocom.ac.jp

    • General Email: wsis@soumu.go.jp

    • Side Events: http://www.unu.edu/wsis/

  • WSIS: http://www.itu.int/wsis/

  • Izumi Aizu: izumi@anr.org

  • Adam Peake: ajp@glocom.ac.jp

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Agenda

  • Introduction, Izumi, 5 min,

  • Report on the Tuesday Session, Jaba - 10 min

  • Presentation of Statement, Conchita 10 min

  • Proposed future actions, Izumi, 5 min

  • Discussion, 30 min

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Proposed Future Actions

  • “WSIS Asia Pacific NGO Coordination Committee (WANCOC)?”

    • Coordination Committee from

    • - Asia Caucus, PrepCom1

    • - Bangkok Workshop by NGO/Civil Society

    • - CONGO Bangkok Conference

    • - Organizers of Side events

    • -Open to others committed to WSIS from NGO/CSO

    • Bring 1 or 2 key persons from each group to act as coordination body 

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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After Tokyo Conference:

  • Continue “lobbying” and “NGO/Civil Society” coordination to the preparatory process of WSIS, including PrepCom2, 3 and the Summit itself

  • Liaise with other activities, Hyderabad meeting, Porto Alegre, etc

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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Actions:

 1)Complete the Documents:

  • Report by Jaba

  • WSIS NGO Input, with James’s summary, fed

    2)In Tokyo:

  • “Open Meeting” at Side Event,

    • a “plenary” to share information and coordinate actions, by WANCOC, Jan 11, 12 - 5 to 7 pm?

  • Wrap up meeting

    • after the conclusion of Tokyo conference, Jan 15 afternoon

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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In Tokyo

Participate Declaration drafting

Participate Report writing

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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More Actions

  • Mailing List

  • Website

  • PrepCom 2?

  • Any other action item?

Izumi Aizu & Adam Peake: CONGO/ACSF, Bangkok, December 10, 2002


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