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The World Summit on the Information Society. The Workshop on WSIS: The Asian Response November 22, 2002 Bangkok, Thailand. Eun-Ju Kim, Ph.D. Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific International Telecommunication Union. Agenda. Updates of Background & Progress

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the world summit on the information society

The World Summit on the Information Society

The Workshop on WSIS:

The Asian Response

November 22, 2002

Bangkok, Thailand

Eun-Ju Kim, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific

International Telecommunication Union

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Agenda

  • Updates of Background & Progress
  • Objectives with Expected Results
  • Structures & Procedures
  • Who should participate in ?
  • When & Where to participate in ?
  • How to proceed at regions ?
  • What & How to prepare at regions ?
  • What are the proposed themes ?
  • Latest Developments
  • ITU’s related activities in Asia & the Pacific Region
background progress
Background & Progress
  • ITU/PP-98 adopted Res. 73 to hold WSIS
  • UN/GA-01 adopted Res. A/RES/56/183 endorsing to hold the WSIS
  • Executive Secretariat was set up at the ITU HQ, Geneva
  • UNESCAP has initiated to prepare for the WSIS in the Asia and Pacific Region
  • Japan proposed to host the AP Regional Meeting of WSIS in 13-15 Jan., 2003
objectives with expected results
Objectives with Expected Results

“To provide a global platform

where key players from various stakeholders

will come together to develop a common vision &

understanding of the information society &

to adopt a declaration & a plan of action”

structure procedures

Preparatory Meetings

(Prepcom)

World Summit

Geneva 10-12 Dec.

2003

Preparatory Meetings

(Prepcom)

World Summit

Tunis 2005

Structure & Procedures

ECOSOC

ICT Task

Force

States

ITU/WTDC

ITU/PP-02

Regional Meetings

G8 Dot

Force

High Level Summit Organizing committee

(HLSOC)

Heads of UN Agencies

Private Sector

Host

Country

Secretariat

NGOs & Civil Society

  • Executive Secretariat
  • Government staff
  • UN Agencies staff
  • Private Sector staff
  • NGO’s & Civil Society
  • staff
who should participate in
Who should participate in ?
  • Heads & representatives of the States
  • Heads & representatives of of the UN Agencies
  • CEO’s & representatives from private industries with small, medium and large sizes beyond the information & communications sectors
  • NGOs & academics, and
  • Representatives from various civil societies and public interest groups
when where to participate in
When & Where to participate in ?

PrepCom 1, Geneva

1-5 Jul. 2002

Regional Preps

e.g., Japan, Jan.2003

2002 - 2003

e.g, Thematic Prep

PrepCom 2-3

17-19 Feb. 2002

1st Ph. WSIS, Geneva

10-12 Dec. 2003

PrepComs

2004-2005

2nd Ph. WSIS, Tunis

2005

what are the proposed themes
What are the proposed themes ?

The 1st PrepCom adopted themes:

1.    Infrastructure: financing, deployment and sustainability

2.    Identifying and overcoming barriers to the achievement of the information society

3.    The role of government, the business sector and civil society in the promotion of ICTs for development

4.    Education, human resources development and training

5.    Access to information and communication technologies

6.    Information network security

7.    Development of a policy and regulatory framework, and

8.    ICT applications (e.g., education, health, culture, poverty eradication, government, employment, business etc.)

how to proceed at regions
How to proceed at regions ?
  • The initiative to hold a regional conference may come from any government in the region;
  • The host country should send out invitation letters to the other governments of the region, once fixed;
  • Host countries should base the themes, which was decided at the PrepCom-1 for discussion;
  • Closer coordination among host countries, the Executive Secretariat and UN Regional Economic Commissions; and
  • Inputs from the regional conferences will be considered by the PrepCom and incorporated into the final documents of the Summit.
what how to prepare at regions
What & How to prepare at regions ?
  • Regional Conferences for the PrepComs
    • assess the key challenges, opportunities and constraints stemming from the information society in the region,
    • develop a common vision & understanding for the region,
    • identify existing initiatives and networks in the regions & assess examples of best practices,
    • consider new initiatives and commitments in the region,
    • prepare for a plan to address the key issues and solve the problems identified
  • Regional Thematic Meetings
    • define regional priorities on the theme(s)
    • define content and
    • identify regional positions on issues, if possible
latest developments itu hqs
Latest Developments: ITU HQs
  • Based in ITU HQs, Geneva;
  • Started work in August 2001
  • Executive Director – Mr. P.Gagne
  • With various focal points & updateds: at www.itu.int/ wsis/index.htm
  • ITU Council Working Group on WSIS: at http://www.itu.int/council/wsis/wsis_WG.html
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Latest Developments: Preparatory Meetings

  • Ministerial level
    • Africa: Bamako, Mali, 28-30 May 2002
    • Europe: Bhucharest, Romania, 7-9 Nov. 2002
    • Asia: Tokyo, 13-15 Japan, 2003
  • Thematic Meeting
    • Africa: Dakar, Senegal, 7-9 April 2002
    • Asia: ??
  • Preparatory Committee Meetings
    • 1st PrepCom: Geneva, July 1-5 2002
    • 2nd PrepCom: Geneva, Feb. 17-19 2003
    • 3rd PrepCom: Geneva, September 2003
a resolution adopted at the plenipotentiary conference marrakesh october 2002

A Resolution adopted at the Plenipotentiary Conference, Marrakesh, October 2002

as

“Guidelines for ITU’s Inputs”

To the WSIS

three broad objectives for the guidelines
Three broad objectives for the Guidelines
  • Providing access to ICTs for all
  • ICTs as a tool for economic and social development – and meeting the Millennium Development Goals
  • Confidence and security in the use of ICTs
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ITU Development Sector’s Global

Activities & Programs

The World Telecom Development Conference (WTDC) 2002, held in Istanbul, adopted 4-year programs: i.e.,IsAP Development Programs

isap development programs 2003 7
IsAP Development Programs (2003-7)
  • regulatory reform
  • technologies and telecommunication/network development
  • e-strategies and e-services/applications
  • economics and finance incl. costs and tariffs
  • human capacity building
  • special program for least developed countries
  • special initiatives
    • private sector initiatives
    • gender issues
    • youth initiatives
    • assistance to indigenous peoples
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ITU Development Sector’s Regional

Activities & Programs Related to TheWSIS

Detailed programs/projects to be implemented at Asia & Pacific region in 2003 & plusbased on the IsAP Development Programs

special initiatives ict gender
Special Initiatives – ICT & Gender
  • Preparing for the WSIS at Asia & the Pacific Region, Malaysia, June 9-12 2003;
  • Inviting policy-makers, regulators, industry, and various civil society in Asia & the Pacific as well as Commonwealth countries;
  • Focusing especially on the five themes: e.g.,
    • Education, human resources development and training
    • Access to information and communication technologies
    • Information network security
    • Development of a policy and regulatory framework
    • ICT applications (e.g., education, health, culture, poverty eradication, government, employment and business)
  • Partnering among the ITU, UNESCAP, UNESCO, APT, APWIN, GKP, COL etc.
contact information
Contact information:

For the WSIS

http://www.itu.int/wsis/index.htm

For the ITU activities

http://www.itu.int

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