Building on WSIS+10: The Knowledge Societies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda

On 15 December 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, UNESCO will organize a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) Review event, at which future action in the implementation and facilitation of its six WSIS Action Lines, towards 2030, will be discussed by several major stakeholders.

Based on UNESCO’s mandate and its role in the WSIS process, the event will spell out information and knowledge societies challenges, and will review the ways for launching a new era of implementation and partnership building in the framework of WSIS, the 2030 and the Addis Ababa financing for development agendas, as well as the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the adopted UNESCO CONNECTing the Dots outcome document.

Based on the discussions and consultations held, a concise document will be published in early 2016, which shall address key challenges and lay the foundations for future work of the overall WSIS process.

The interactive session will be chaired by UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General also in charge of Communication and Information, Mr Getachew Engida.

The Panellists are:

  1. Ms Kathryn Brown, President, Internet Society, Switzerland
  2. Ms Arun Chinmayi, National Law University Delhi
  3. Ms Ellen Blackler, VP The Walt Disney Company, for International Chamber of Commerce, BASIS initiative 
  4. H.E. Mr Benedicto Fonseca, Ambassador, Brazil (Host of the 2015 IGF)
  5. Ms Githaiga Grace, Associate, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)
  6. Mr Paul Mitchell, GM Technology Policy, Microsoft
  7. H.E. Mr Daniel A. Sepulveda, Ambassador, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
  8. Mr Veni Markovski, ICANN Vice-President, Relations with the United Nations

The session’s Concept Note presents the substantive questions to be addressed on that occasion.