This week, at its 37th session, the General Conference of UNESCO endorsed the Final Statement of the UNESCO-hosted WSIS+10 Review Event, asking the Organization to further reinforce its leading role in the WSIS process and ensuring that UNESCO’s mandate and priorities figure prominently in the lead-up to 2015 and beyond.
In February 2013, UNESCO organized at its Headquarters, in cooperation with ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP, the first high-level, multi-stakeholder WSIS+10 Review Event entitled "Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development". The event was attended by 1,450 participants from 130 countries, with a further 800 remote participants.
All regions and stakeholder groups were represented, including intergovernmental and international organizations, governments, private sector businesses, media, the academic, technical and professional communities, and civil society organizations. High-level dialogues and plenary discussions on critical issues took place alongside 83 sessions, workshops and thematic fora covering 11 themes of crucial importance to building inclusive knowledge societies for peace and sustainable development, including on Internet Governance, Freedom of Expression and the Ethical Dimensions of Inclusive Knowledge Societies.
The Final Statement of the Event, Information and Knowledge for All: an expanded vision and a renewed commitment, was developed by the open-ended, multi-stakeholder drafting group with the participation of all stakeholder groups, emphasizing the rich and innovative multistakeholder character of WSIS follow-up arrangements and adopted at the 2013 WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Review Event. Now, the 195 Member States of UNESCO explicitly endorsed the first WSIS+10 Review Event’s Final Statement, which becomes a major institutional input to the Overall WSIS Review process.
You can find the text of the Statement in the Outcome documents, which also include an introduction by UNESCO, ITU, UNDP and UNCTAD and a detailed report.