Second WSIS+10 Review Event: UNESCO Deputy Director-General calls for strengthening UNGIS

WSIS+10 High-level Review Event was opened on the 10th of June in Geneva, Switzerland. 1500 participants and over 80 ministers are expected to adopt by acclamation the WSIS+10 statement and vision developed in five preparatory meetings leading to the WSIS+10 Review event.

UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Mr Getachew Engida, as a co-organizer of the second WSIS+10 Review event from 10-13 June 2014, hosted by ITU, addressed 1500 participants at the Opening of the Event. The Deputy Director-General laid out UNESCO’s inclusive Knowledge Societies vision, highlighted the results of the first WSIS+10 Event hosted by UNESCO in February 2013, and stressed: "We need both technologies and the capacities to use them. Alone, technology is not enough. To empower, it must be married with skills, local content and opportunities for all."

Earlier, at the High-level United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) meeting, UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General; the Heads of Agencies of ITU, UNCTAD, UPU and other high-level UN representatives, renewed their commitment to work together on using technologies for reaching current and future development goals. The high-level leads will be translated into a workplan at the UNGIS working level meeting later this week.