2015-12-15

WSIS+10, World Summit on the Information Society, New York, Dec 15-16

UPDATE: GEM-TECH 2015 WINNERS:
Videos (playlist) above feature the winners of the ITU/ UN Women Gem-Tech 2015 Awards, as well as the 2015 Global Achievers. Published on Dec 14, 2015 - more info here

LIVE UN Web TV (go to link) coverage 15-16 December of WSIS+10 meeting
Includes 2 side events:
  • Side event: Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age: Implementing WSIS Outcome and Agenda 2030. 15 December, 1PM EST
  • Side Event: Enabling a Trusted Connected World. 16 December, 1:15PM EST

WSIS+10 | United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting - World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS+10, New York City, 15-16 Dec 2015 - The draft programme of activities related to the WSIS High-Level Meeting includes:
  1. GA High-Level Meeting: The plenary, on 15-16 December in accordance General Assembly rules of procedure, will feature consecutive statements from Member States and non-government entities.
  2. The annual GemTech Awards, organized by UN Women and ITU on the evening of 14 December, recognize outstanding efforts to ensure that girls and women achieve digital equality in all its dimensions.
  3. Side events, organized by Member States, UN agencies, and non-government stakeholders between 14 and 16 December, will offer interactive exchange on key topics cited in the review and future action.
  4. The WSIS High-Level Meeting also coincides with the meetings of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate (CTED) on human rights and terrorist use of ICTs on 16 and 17 December. 
See also on Domain Mondo: What Is WSIS+10? WSIS Is Not ISIS, but ICANN Is From Switzerland!

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WSIS+10 Agreed outcome document (pdf), excerpts (emphasis added):
13. We reaffirm that Internet governance should continue to follow the provisions set forth in the
outcomes of Tunis and Geneva.

16. We reiterate our commitments to the positive uses of the Internet and other ICTs and to take appropriate actions and preventive measures, as determined by law, against abusive uses of ICTs as mentioned under the Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society of the Geneva Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action. We also recognize the importance of ethics as set out in Action Line C10 in building the information society and strengthening the role of ICTs as enablers of development.
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4. Internet Governance 

60. We reaffirm paragraph 55 of the Tunis Agenda, and in this regard we recognize that the existing arrangements have worked effectively to make the Internet the highly robust, dynamic and geographically diverse medium that it is today, with the private sector taking the lead in day ­to ­day operations, and with innovation and value creation at the edges. However, 4 billion representing two­-thirds of people residing in developing countries remain offline. 
61. We further recognize that there are many cross­cutting international public policy issues that require attention and are not adequately addressed
62. We recognize paragraph 29 of the Tunis Agenda and that the management of the Internet as a global facility includes multilateral, transparent, democratic and multistakeholder processes, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, technical and academic communities, and all other relevant stakeholders in accordance with their respective roles and responsibilities. 
63. We reiterate the working definition of Internet governance set out in paragraph 34 of the Tunis Agenda, as “the development and application by governments, the 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.” 
64. We reaffirm the principles agreed in the Geneva Declaration that the management of the Internet encompasses both technical and public policy issues and should involve all stakeholders and relevant intergovernmental and international organizations, ​within their respective roles and responsibilities as set out in paragraph 35 of the Tunis Agenda
65. We take note of the hosting by Brazil of the NETMundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paulo on 23 and 24 April 2014. 
66. We recognize that there is a need to promote greater participation and engagement in Internet governance discussions of governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities, and all other relevant stakeholders from developing countries, particularly African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, middle­income countries, as well as countries in situations of conflict and post­conflict countries and countries affected by natural disasters. We call for strengthened stable, transparent, and voluntary funding mechanisms to this end. 
67. We note the important regulatory and legislative processes in some Member States on the open Internet in the context of the Information Society and the underlying drivers for it, and call for further information sharing at the international level on the opportunities and challenges. 
68. We acknowledge the role of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a multistakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues. We support the recommendations of the report of the CSTD Working Group on improvements to the IGF, which were taken note of by the General Assembly in its resolution 68/198, and we call for their accelerated implementation. We extend the IGF mandate for another 10 years with its current mandate as set out in paragraph 72 to 78 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society. We recognize that during this period, the IGF should continue to show progress on working modalities, and participation of relevant stakeholders from developing countries. We call on the CSTD, within its current reporting, to give due consideration to fulfilment of its Working Group report recommendations.

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