WSIS Forum 2017

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 - 1:00pm to Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Switzerland, Geneva
Type of Event: 
Category 3- Non-governmental conference
Contact: 
x.hu@unesco.org

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development. The Forum provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.

As main organising partner of WSIS in partnership with ITU, UNESCO will be hosting 2 high level sessions and 4 Action line sessions for the WSIS 2017 Forum.

The WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Forum serves as a key platform for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNESCO will be present in all High-Level Policy Sessions and is directly responsible for 6 of the 11 Action lines as listed below:

- Access to information and knowledge (C3)
- E-learning (C7)
- E-science (C7)
- Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content (C8)
- Media (C9)
- Ethical dimensions of the Information Society (C10)

UNESCO WSIS 2017 program:

High-level session 1:
Defining Internet Universality indicators and access policies to support the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Link to program and remote participation information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/Session/289#intro

High-level session 2:
Countering radicalization and violent extremism online including fake news and hate speech

Link to program and remote participation information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/Session/292#intro

Action Line C3: Access to Information and Knowledge.
Is Software the key to Access to knowledge in the Digital age? (Prep. Conference of Preservation of software’s source code as part of human heritage”, Paris, September, 2017

Link to program and remote participation information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/Session/295#intro

Action Line C7: E-Science:
Context of Big Data and Analytics for Knowledge Societies (Facilitation Meeting)

Link to program and remote participation information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/Session/306#intro

Action Line C7: E-Learning:
Open Educational Resources (OER), Mainstreaming OER to achieve the SDG4

Link to program and remote participation information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/Session/326#intro

Action line C9: Media
Strengthening privacy, encryption and source protection for media freedom and Internet development. (Facilitation Meeting)

Link to program and remote participation information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/Session/325#intro

To view full program of WSIS 2017
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Agenda/

Registration information:
https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2017/Pages/Register#intro