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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

The World Summit on the Information Society

UPDATES: March 11, 2002

by

Eun-Ju Kim, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor for Asia and the Pacific

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Agenda

  • 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
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
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 processes of wsis

Preparatory Meetings

(Prepcom)

World Summit

Geneva 10-12 Dec.

2003

Preparatory Meetings

(Prepcom)

World Summit

Tunis 2005

Structure & Processes of WSIS

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, 2003 ?

2002-3

e.g, Thematic Prep

PrepCom 2-3

2003

1st Ph. WSIS, Geneva

10-12 Dec.2003

PrepComs

2004-5

2nd Ph. WSIS, Tunis

2005

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 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
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
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
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
Flow Chart For Regional Inputs/Processes

PrepComs

Integrating inputs from all the regional meetings

Thematic M.

Utilizing

existing meetings

Regional M.

Planning, coordinating & preparing for regional meetings

Focal Point

latest developments executive secretariat
Latest Developments:Executive Secretariat
  • Based in ITU HQs, Geneva;
  • Started work August 2001
  • Acting Executive Director – Mr. M. Harbi

<harbi@itu.int>

  • With various focal points at www.itu.int/ wsis/index.htm
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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
Contact information:

Mr. Yoshio Utsumi

ITU Secretary-General

email  sg@itu.int

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