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World Summit on the Information Society Overview of Tunis Summit Presentation at Post-WSIS Seminar, Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala, 14 December 2005 Patrick Mwesigwa, Technical Manager, UCC. Outline of Presentation. Origin Attendance Uganda’s statement at Summit

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World Summit on the Information Society Overview of Tunis Summit Presentation at Post-WSIS Seminar, Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala, 14 December 2005Patrick Mwesigwa, Technical Manager, UCC


Outline of presentation

Outline of Presentation

Origin

Attendance

Uganda’s statement at Summit

Highlights of Tunis Commitment

Highlights of Tunis Agenda

Implementation and follow-up mechanism

Way forward and recommendations


Wsis origins and status

WSIS: Origins and status

  • WSIS originally proposed by ITU PP in 1998

  • Formally endorsed by the UN in 2001

  • Regional meetings, 2002 – 2003

  • PrepCom process, started in July 2002

  • First phase, Geneva 10-12 December 2003

  • Second phase, Tunis, 16-18 November 2005


Wsis tunis phase participation

WSIS Tunis Phase participation

  • More than 19,000 participants from govt, civil society, private sector and media

  • 174 UN Member States

  • More than 40 Heads of States

  • Opened by the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

  • Uganda delegation led by Ambassador Kweronda Ruhemba, Uganda's Permanent Representative to UN Mission in Geneva

  • More than 300 Summit Events


Highlights of uganda s statement in the general debate

Highlights of Uganda’s Statement in the General debate

  • Highlighted Uganda’s achievements since sector was liberalized

  • Called upon International community to support regional initiatives e.g. EASSy project

  • Stressed need for involvement of all stakeholders in Internet Governance policy issues

  • Called for international collaboration in the fight against misuse of Internet e.g. spam, pornography and cyber crime

  • Expressed support for the created Digital Solidarity Fund


Adoption of tunis commitment and tunis agenda for the information society

Adoption of “Tunis Commitment” and “Tunis Agenda for the Information Society”

  • After lengthy and tedious deliberations the

  • extended PrepCom3 finally adopted the two

  • documents only less than 12 hours before

  • opening of the Summit. The key sticking issues

  • were:

  • Issues of human rights and freedom of expression

  • Internet governance oversight function

  • Implementation mechanism for WSIS outcomes


Highlights of tunis commitment

Highlights of Tunis Commitment

  • Reaffirmation of support for the Geneva Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action

  • Recognition of ICTs as effective tools to promote peace, security and stability, rule of law and good governance

  • Need to prevent the abuse of information resources and technologies for criminal and terrorist purposes

  • Commitment to women’s empowerment

  • Recognition of role of ICTs in protection of children from abuse


Tunis commitment contd

Tunis Commitment contd

  • Encouragement of development of inter-operative platforms and free and open source software

  • Commitment to Implementation of the digital solidarity agenda

  • Promotion of cultural diversity and identities in the information society


Highlights of tunis agenda

Highlights of Tunis Agenda

  • Called upon international community to promote transfer of technology to developing countries

  • Identified key areas for greater financial resources:

    • ICT capacity building programmes

    • Access and connectivity especially for developing countries

    • Regional backbone infrastructure

    • ICT applications and content

    • Local community initiatives in ICT projects related to health and education


Tunis agenda contd

Tunis Agenda contd

  • Recommended several improvements in existing financial mechanisms

  • Welcomed the Digital Solidarity Fund created in Geneva to compliment existing financing mechanisms

  • Commitment to the stability and security of the Internet with full participation of all stakeholders

  • Endorsed working definition of Internet governance as “the development and application by governments, private sector and civil society in their respective roles of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet”


Tunis agenda contd1

Tunis Agenda contd

  • Reinforcement of specialized regional internet resource management institutions (e.g. AFRINIC) to guarantee each region to manage its own resources

  • Called upon governments to to develop legislation for the investigation and prosecution of cyber crime

  • Encourage realization of multilingualism in the internet development environment


Tunis agenda contd2

Tunis Agenda contd

Development of strategies affordable global

Connectivity by:

  • Promoting commercially negotiated internet transit and interconnection costs

  • Setting up high speed internet backbone networks and regional internet exchange points

  • Development of low cost terminal equipment

  • Negotiation of reduced interconnection costs for LDCs


Tunis agenda contd3

Tunis Agenda contd

  • Countries should not be involved in decisions regarding other countries’ ccTLDs

  • Invited the UN SG to convene new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue called “Internet Governance Forum” (IGF) by 2Q2006


Structure and functioning of igf

Structure and functioning of IGF

  • Will be multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent

  • To built on existing structures of Internet Governance

  • Will have lightweight and decentralized structure subject to periodic review

  • Meet periodically in parallel with major UN relevant conferences

  • IGF would have no oversight function and would not replace existing arrangements, mechanisms or institutions

  • Would not be involved in day-to-day or technical operations of the Internet


Tunis agenda contd4

Tunis Agenda contd

  • Mandate of IGF:

  • discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance

  • Advise all stakeholders on ways to accelerate availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world

  • Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in the developing countries

  • Discuss issues related to critical Internet resources

  • Help to find solutions to use and misuse of the internet

  • Publish proceedings

  • First meeting of IGF to be held in Athens in 2006


Implementation and follow up mechanism

Implementation and follow up mechanism

Encouraged governments to set national

implementation mechanism, where:

  • National e-strategies are an integral part of national development programmes including poverty reduction strategies

  • Mainstreaming ICTs in strategies for Official Development Assistance (ODA)

  • Country assessment reports should contain component on ICT for development


Implementation mechanism at regional level

Implementation mechanism at regional level

  • Exchange of information and best practices

  • Organizing regional WSIS follow up activities

  • Adoption of multi-stakeholder approach in regional WSIS implementation activities


Implementation mechanism at international level

Implementation mechanism at international level

  • Implementation to take into account main themes and action lines in the Summit documents

  • Each UN agency should act according to its mandate and competencies

  • Implementation and follow-up should include inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder components


Implementation at international level contd

Implementation at international level contd

  • Request UN SG to establish a UN group on Information Society consisting of relevant UN bodies to facilitate implementation of WSIS outcomes. Identification of lead agencies to take into account the experiences of ITU, UNESCO, UNDP

  • UN SG to report to UNGA thro ECOSOC on modalities of interagency coordination of implementation of WSIS outcomes by June 2006

  • Called upon UNGA to declare 17 May as World Information Society Day to raise awareness of the importance of this global facility


Way forward and recommendations

Way Forward and recommendations:

  • We agree to set up a National Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) for Uganda consisting of all stakeholders; Government, civil society, private sector and the media to discuss policy and technical issues related to the management of the internet. The NIGF will form the basis of Uganda’s participation in the proposed global IGF

  • We recommend that UCC coordinates the implementation and follow up of the WSIS outcomes and regularly updates the stakeholders on the progress of the realization of the WSIS goals and objectives taking into account the internationally agreed Digital Opportunities Indicators.

  • We request the WSIS National Task Force to ensure the involvement of all stakeholders in all WSIS activities through such events as public dialogues, conferences and workshops

  • We further request UCC to continue playing the role of the Focal Point for WSIS activities.


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  • Thank you for your attention!

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