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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



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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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 the Information Society”

  • 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: the Information Society”

  • 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.