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The World Summit on the Information Society. UPDATES: March 11, 2002. by Eun-Ju Kim, Ph.D. Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific. Agenda. Updates of Background & Progress Objectives with Expected Results Structures & Processes of the WSIS Who should participate in ?

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The World Summit on the Information Society

UPDATES: March 11, 2002


Eun-Ju Kim, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific


  • Updates of Background & Progress

  • Objectives with Expected Results

  • Structures & Processes of the WSIS

  • 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 ?

  • Checklist for Asia & Pacific Region

  • Latest Developments

Updates of 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 2003

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”

Preparatory Meetings


World Summit

Geneva 10-12 Dec.


Preparatory Meetings


World Summit

Tunis 2005

Structure & Processes of WSIS


ICT Task





Regional Meetings

G8 Dot


High Level Summit Organizing committee


Heads of UN Agencies

Private Sector




NGOs & Civil Society

  • Executive Secretariat

  • Government staff

  • UN Agencies staff

  • Private Sector staff

  • NGO’s & Civil Society

  • staff

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 ?

PrepCom 1, Geneva

1-5 Jul. 2002

Regional Preps

e.g., Japan, 2003 ?


e.g, Thematic Prep

PrepCom 2-3


1st Ph. WSIS, Geneva

10-12 Dec.2003



2nd Ph. WSIS, Tunis


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 will be 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 ?

  • 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

What are the proposed themes ?

  • Building the infrastructure

  • Opening the gates: universal and equitable access

  • Services and Applications: the implications of the IS for economic, social and cultural development

  • The needs of the users (consumer protection, privacy & security); Content and the freedom to communicate

  • Developing a Framework

  • ICT and Education

Checklist for Asia and Pacific Region

Q. STRUCTURE: A focal point or team ?

Q. STAKEHOLERS: Identified & integrated potential stakeholders ?

Q. HOST(S): For the ministerial and/or thematic regional conferences ?

Q. PLANNING & TIMING: For the relevant meetings and coordination ?

Q. MECHANISMS: For identifying regional constraints/successful practices and integrating them to the PrepComs etc.

Flow Chart For Regional Inputs/Processes


Integrating inputs from all the regional meetings

Thematic M.


existing meetings

Regional M.

Planning, coordinating & preparing for regional meetings

Focal Point

Latest Developments:Executive Secretariat

  • Based in ITU HQs, Geneva;

  • Started work August 2001

  • Acting Executive Director – Mr. M. Harbi

    <[email protected]>

  • With various focal points at wsis/index.htm

Latest Developments:Regional Preparatory Meetings

  • Ministerial level

    • Africa: Bamako, Mali, 28-30 May 2002

    • Asia: Tokyo, Japan, ??? 2003

    • Europe: invitation from Romania

  • Thematic Meeting

    • Africa: Dakar, Senegal, 7-9 April 2002

    • Asia: ??

Contact information:

Mr. Yoshio Utsumi

ITU Secretary-General

email  [email protected]

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