World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2012

World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2012
Geneva, 8 May 2012 – The World Summit on the Information Society Forum will this year welcome some 1,500 delegates from around the world, who will strive to define an effective review process to measure progress towards targets established in 2005 in Tunis at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
 co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, the WSIS Forum 2012 event (14-18 May) represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The event is focused around strategies and tactics to help countries and organizations more effectively harness the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, now just three years away.
As part of the opening day ceremony, 18 WSIS Project Prizes will be awarded to organizations and individuals who have achieved exceptional results in extending ICT access to underserved populations and communities. This year will also see a special focus on Women and Girls in ICT, commensurate with the theme of this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. In addition to special WTISD awards on May 16, the Forum will features a High-Level Dialogue around the theme of women and technology, featuring experts from around the world and prominent public figures including Academy-Award® winning actor Geena Davis.
What:
World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2012, hosted by ITU and co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP

When:
14-18 May 2012

Where:
Conference Centre, ILO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. Key sessions will be webcast at: www.itu.int/ibs/WSIS/201205forum/

Why:
The Forum offers a diverse range of interactions, including High-level Dialogues, WSIS Action Line Facilitation Meetings, interactive sessions, thematic workshops, country workshops, knowledge exchanges and exhibitions. Full programme details can be found at: http://bit.ly/JblPlJ.

Who:
The Forum will attract some 1,500 representatives from 140 countries spanning government, the private sector, civil society and UN agencies.

Media information:
UN press accreditation is valid, but UN-accredited media must register in order to obtain an event badge. Please contact pressreg@itu.int.


For more information, please visit http://www.wsis.org/forum or contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
+41 22 730 6039
sarah.parkes@itu.int
Jaroslaw Ponder
Strategy & Policy Advisor, ITU
+41 22 730 6065
+41 79 599 1405


May 14, 2012 15:01

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