Event Wrap: ITU WSIS Forum

By on 4 Jun 2015

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The annual World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015 was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 25-29 May.

Co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, it is an annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. APNIC has participated in the previous four WSIS Forums.

This year marks the WSIS+10 review, and this event comes after a series of important meetings in Geneva: CSTD, ITU Council and the IGF-MAG and open consultations meetings in preparation for the next IGF meeting.

APNIC activities

  • Strategic Engagement Director Pablo Hinojosa participated as a speaker in Cyberlaw: an Asian Perspective and moderated the IANA transition workshop
  • Attended a number of sessions of the WSIS forum, such as: opening session, policy statements, Internet of Things, IGF 2015 preparatory session, Collaborative Internet Security and the World Development Report 2016.
  • Attended side meetings with Internet technical community, academia, governments and civil society to assess future activities related to the WSIS+10 review process.
  • Participated in a breakfast, organized by the World Economic Forum, to discuss the “Future of the Internet” with leaders from business, government and civil society, including the ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao. WEF used this opportunity to announce their “Future of the Internet Initiative”, a multi-year effort to strengthen WEF’s collaboration with other organizations  and existing initiatives. This initiative will have five focus areas: governance of the Internet, cybercrime, Internet for all, improving information for decision-makers and digital transformation of business models.
  • Attended a luncheon event “the way forward for the WSIS+10 review process” organized by  ICC-BASIS, Global Partners Digital, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Geneva Internet Platform and the Internet Society. The objective of this event was to share insights on the WSIS Review Process: themes, renewal of the IGF’s mandate, the role of various stakeholders in the process and the Geneva-New York dynamics of the debate.

Furthermore:

On the WSIS+10 review process, APNIC was one of the organizations that signed a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly, calling for an open and inclusive WSIS+10 review preparatory process.

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