The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Outcome Documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved
to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit Outcomes in 2015. In this context, building upon the outcomes of the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) Open Consultations on WSIS+10, including the UNGIS Plan of Action for WSIS+10 and multistakeholder guidance provided at the WSIS Forum 2012 and 2013, ITU’s Membership (PP-10 Resolution 172 and ITU Council Resolution 1334 (Mod. 2013)), resolved to hold an ITU Coordinated WSIS+10 High-Level Event in 2014and to establish a preparatory process based on the open and inclusive WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform (WSIS+10 MPP), tasked to elaborate drafts of two Outcome Documents for endorsement by the WSIS+10 High-Level Event:
• WSIS+10 Statement on the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes.
• WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015
The WSIS+10 High-Level Event, as an extended version of the WSIS Forum, hosted and coordinated by the ITU, will be held from 10 to 13 June 2014 (Pre- events: 9 June 2014) at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD with the engagement of other UN Agencies, including FAO, ILO, ITC, UNDESA, UNODC, UPU, UN Women, WMO, WHO, WFP, WIPO and UN Regional Commissions. The Event builds upon two tracks: the High-Level Track, which will comprise of formal statements, ministerial round table, handing over of prizes, and endorsement of the Outcome Documents, and the Forum Track, which will address issues that are critical to WSIS implementation and follow-up in multistakeholder settings, and will include discussions on implementation of WSIS-related activities beyond 2015.
The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will address the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes related to the WSIS Action Lines under mandates of the participating agencies, while providing a platform for multistakeholder coordination of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, with involvement and participation of all WSIS action line facilitators, other UN agencies and all WSIS stakeholders. The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will review the WSIS Outcomes (2003 and 2005) , in particular, related to the Action Lines with a view to developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015, potentially also exploring new targets. The meeting will be organized taking into account decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.
WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform was established in June 2013 and since then has been serving as an open and inclusive consultation platform for WSIS Stakeholders (governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations and relevant regional organizations) to develop multistakeholder consensus on two draft Outcome Documents.
WSIS+10 MPP was chaired by Prof. Vladimir Minkin (Russian Federation) and vice-chaired by MsNermineSaadany (Egypt), Mr. Majed Al Mazyed (Saudi Arabia), and Frederic Riehl (Switzerland).
Secretariat was hosted and coordinated by ITU and comprised by all WSIS Action Line Facilitators and other UN Agencies as follows: ITU, UNESCO, UNDP, UNCTAD, FAO, ILO, ITC, UNDESA, UNODC, UPU, UN Women, WMO, WHO, WFP, WIPO and UN Regional Commissions. All WSIS Action Line Facilitators expressed their commitment to the process within their respective mandates and assisted all MPP meetings, providing background reports, executive summaries of their respective Action Lines and expert adviseto facilitate discussions during the meetings.
In order to ensure coordinated approach for actions related to the Overall Review at the UN level, WSIS+10 MPP actions have been closely coordinated with the CSTD secretariat through regular briefings, including comprehensive contribution on the WSIS+10 High Level Event’s preparatory process to the 17th Session of the CSTD by Chairman of WSIS+10 MPP. CSTD secretariat was invited to provide updates on the ongoing discussions on the modalities of the Overall Review.
In order to ensure inclusiveness and transparency of the process as well as to reach the last mile, several electronic working methods were offered and developed in a multistakeholder format. Ensuring an environmental friendly working method a paperless approach was applied throughout the preparatory process.