Open Forum - ITU

7 December 2016 - A Open Forum on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico


WSIS Action Lines supporting the implementation of the SDGs - WSIS Forum: Information and Knowledge Societies for SDGs

This session will provide a platform for multistakeholder discussion and interaction on the WSIS Action Lines supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. While providing a platform for discussing the implementation of WSIS Action Lines, this Open Forum will also offer stakeholders the opportunity to share and showcase real case studies from the ground while highlighting the WSIS Prize winners. 

The vital role of ICTs as a catalyst for development is specifically recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ICTs are identified as targets in the SDG goals for education, gender equality, infrastructure, and in the implementation goal as a cross cutting tool to be utilized for the achievement of all SDGs. The effective implementation of the WSIS Action Lines can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. To that end, the WSIS-SDGs Matrix, developed by the UN Action Line Facilitators, clearly shows the linkage between each Action Line and the 17 SDGs and provides rationale for each. 

WSIS Forum 2017 is scheduled to be held from the 12-16 of June in Geneva, Switzerland. The overall theme of the Forum is Information and Knowledge Societies for SDGs. The outcomes of this open session will feed in to the WSIS Forum 2017 Open Consultation Process.

Welcome remarks will be delivered by Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU, setting the tone of the session, while the panelists will be invited to share their views on the WSIS implementation process, followed by the open discussion.

During this session the new Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report: ICT Projects and WSIS Action Lines Related Activities in Americas Region (2014-2016) will be launched.

Welcome remarks:

Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU


H.E. Mr. Janis Karklins, 
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Latvia to the UN in Geneva, Former President of the WSIS Prep. Committee for the Tunis Phase of WSIS 
Mr. Cedric Wachholz, Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector (CI), UNESCO
Ms. Cécile BarayreEconomic Affairs Officer, ICT Analysis Section, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD
Mr. Alejandro Patiño, ICT specialist, Division of production, productivity and management, ECLAC
Ms. Karen McCabe, Senior Director, Technology Policy and International Affairs, IEEE 
Ms. Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, ISOC 

WSIS Prizes 2016 Awardees 
from the Americas Region: 
Ms. Carla Valverde Barahona, Director a.i. of Evolution and Telecommunications Market, Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica
Mr. Víctor Manuel Martínez Vanegas, Director of International Policy, General Coordination of International Affairs, Federal Telecommunications Institute, Mexico
Ms. Christina Cardenas, General Coordinator of, Ministry of Public Education, Mexico
Dr. Margaret Bernard, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad


Mr. Vladimir Stankovic, ICT Policy Analyst, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), ITU


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