A Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals and the WSIS Review
IIC Annual Conference 2015 Workshop Sponsored by Microsoft,
Friday 9 October 2015
901 K St. NW, Washington, DC
Invitation only workshop for CPRW delegates
Sponsored by Microsoft and held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, Washington, DC
An insightful meeting, from multiple perspectives, the ‘Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals and the WSIS Review’ at the Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center, Washington, DC, on Friday 9 October, came at a timely moment, soon after the completion of the UN General Assembly Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, and as the initial drafts of the WSIS+10 resolutions for the December Assembly are being developed.
The workshop brought together, under the Chatham House Rule, senior level participants from the UN, the communications regulatory authorities from around the world, industry, academia, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. Within small structured groups, the meeting explored in detail some of the critical and practical issues of building capacity to increase access to and the use of ICTs, recognised as among the prime drivers for economic and social development, other challenges to bridging the digital divide, and the policy issues that will impact on the WSIS Review.
The meeting began with an update from H.E Janis Mažeiks, Ambassador at Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations, and Co-Facilitator of WSIS+10 Review who set the context, emphasizing ICT as being essential to enabling the SDG goals finalized at the recent UN Summit, and providing highlights of the process, issues for consideration, and inviting all to provide input. Following discussion points raised by representatives of government, civil society and industry, key themes were explored in greater detail:
- Policies for sustainable economic development.
- Examples of public/private partnerships and multistakeholder approaches in enabling the SDGs and the WSIS action lines.
- Capacity building in specific areas such as cybersecurity.
The Dialogue brought to a close a fantastic week of events and networking. The IIC thanks Microsoft for sponsoring and hosting this event, enabling it to happen.
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Summary of the event available
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The report formed one of the Statements taken as part of the Second Informal Interactive Stakeholder Consultation which was part of the Preparatory Process for the UN General Assembly’s review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The Consultation was to collect responses to the WSIS+10 working document, released at the end of August 2015, and fed into the WSIS+10 Zero Draft Paper.
Advisor to the Second Committee and Bilateral Affairs, Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations, and Co-Facilitator of WSIS+10 Review
General Coordination of International Affairs, IFT - Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico
Head of Programmes and International Policy, Global Partners Digital
Director Global Internet Policy and Human Rights, Center for Democracy & Technology
Senior Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft Corporation
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, and Co-founder, Polyverse Corporation
Vice President, Public Policy, Internet Society
SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA
CEO, Commission, MD, Director General
Director, Head of, Vice President