Jun 2014 09 – 13

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event is designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes related to the WSIS Action Lines under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years, with the view of developing proposals on a new vision beyond 2015. An extended version of the WSIS Forum, it will consist of a High-Level Track and a Forum Track. It is coordinated by ITU and co-organised by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP. The Internet Democracy Project is participating in the event.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Outcome Documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60252 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 resolved to hold an ITU Coordinated WSIS+10 High-Level Event in 2014 and to establish a preparatory process based on the open and inclusive WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform (WSIS+10 MPP). The modalities for the Overall Review were discussed at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and are expected to be finalised shortly.

Following the guidance of its Membership (PP-10 Resolution 172 and ITU Council Resolution 1334 (Mod. 2013)), ITU initiated the preparatory process leading towards the WSIS+10 High-Level Event to be held in June 2014.

The WSIS+10 High-Level Event will consist of a High-Level Track and a Forum Track to:

  • address the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes related to the WSIS Action Lines under mandates of the participating agencies

  • provide a platform for multi-stakeholder 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 High-Level Track will take place from Tuesday 10 to Wednesday 11 June 2104 and provides a platform for high-ranking officials to share their views on the WSIS Action Lines, emerging trends and matters of strategic importance to the development of the telecommunication and ICT sector.

The High-Level Track consists of policy statements and the endorsement of the two Outcome Documents, the WSIS+10 Statement on Implementation of WSIS Outcomes and the WSIS+10 Vision for WSIS Beyond 2015.

The Forum Track takes place from Monday 9 to Friday 13 June 2014. This annual gathering of WSIS Stakeholders, co-organised by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, provides the perfect opportunity for multistakeholder visioning and discussion on the WSIS process including the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10). The Forum Track of the Event comprises of over 150 workshops, interactive sessions and knowledge exchanges and brings together global stakeholders from government, private sector, international organizations and civil society.

The meeting will be organised taking into account decisions of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (negotiations on modalities started on 23 October 20013)