Nov 2015 09

João Pessoa WSIS+10 Review Civil Society Strategy Meeting

Workshop Room 10, Poeta Ronaldo Cunha Lima Conference Center, João Pessoa, Brazil, 2-6 pm.

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the João Pessoa WSIS+10 Review Civil Society Strategy Meeting tomorrow, from 2-6 pm, at the João Pessoa 2015 IGF venue, in workshop room 10. The Internet Democracy Project is co-organising this event with the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, in collaboration with Access Now, the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS-FGV), the Center for Democracy and Technology, Coding Rights, Global Partners Digital, Kickanet and Public Knowledge.

In December 2015, a WSIS+10 Overall Review High Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly will assess the progress made in implementing the WSIS outcome documents as well as decide on the way forward. As the 2015 IGF takes places only shortly before this meeting, it is an excellent opportunity for civil society to take stock of where we are in the preparatory process, as well as to strategise about how we can make sure that civil society’s main concerns are appropriately reflected in the final outcome document.

Moreover, as the cofacilitators of the WSIS+10 Review process are present in Brazil, and as there is a main session on the WSIS+10 Review at the IGF as well, there are opportunities for civil society to strenghten its voice in the process at the IGF as well.

To make the most of all those opportunities and building on earlier similar regional and global civil society initiatives , we invite all civil society participants in the 2015 IGF to join us for a session that will:

  • update you on the process, the main issues at stake and the major faultlines between our governments
  • share information from earlier regional and global civil society events on the WSIS+10 Review, and the extent to which inputs in the review process which were based on these events are reflected in the current draft outcome document
  • outline the content of the latest draft, and where the main faultlines with civil society input lie
  • provide an opportunity to jointly strategise on how to make sure that civil society priorities are strongly reflected in the WSIS+10 Review main session (building on the earlier experience at the NETmundial with similar formats)
  • collectivitely strategise on the main messages that civil society wants to convey to the co-facilitators of the WSIS+10 Review process, Amb. Nusseibeh from the UAE and Amb. Mazeiks from Latvia.

For more information, please write to anja@internetdemocracy.in or deborah@apc.org.


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