WSIS 2017 Outcomes
More than 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts from around the world took part from the 12th to the 16th of June 2017 in the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017, where they exchanged knowledge and experiences to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable development and ICT projects in key areas such as health, education, gender empowerment, the environment, infrastructure and innovation were the main focus of this year's forum. 500 high-level policy-makers from more than 150 countries participated in the process, including government ministers and experts, civil society leaders, academics, business leaders and international organizations.
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The WSIS Forum 2017 agenda featured more than 200 specialized workshops covering a wide array of topics identified through a participatory process with WSIS stakeholders. For the WSIS Prizes, a record 1.1 million online votes were cast for 345 nominated projects this year.
The WSIS Forum 2017 was co-organized by the ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with all UN agencies. The Chair-elect of this year's forum was Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Government of Rwanda. The Forum will result in several concrete outcomes that will enable stakeholders to strengthen implementation of WSIS Action Lines and the alignment of the WSIS and SDG processes.
The WSIS Forum outcomes are divided following the WSIS Forum sections: the High-Level Track, the Forum Track, the WSIS Action Lines and the SDGs, the WSIS Stocktaking and the WSIS Prizes (both available soon here)
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