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  • The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) team would like to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of governments, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in providing information on ongoing projects and initia-tives to the WSIS Stocktaking Platform. The WSIS Stocktaking Report on the Asia and Pacific Region 2016 - 2018 is based on the contributions provided by different stakeholders on ICT related projects within the region. The full descriptions of the activities are available on the online database accessible at www.wsis.org/stocktaking.

  • Following the publication of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking series for the period 2014-2016 and its popular reception within the WSIS community, we have prepared new edition of the WSIS Regional Stocktaking with the special focus on how ICTs are helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals on the ground. Our objective is to have a customized reporting by region (based on six ITU regions distribution) that will be considered as a strong reference point to good ICT practices implemented by the different stakeholders (government, private sector, civil society, academia, international organizations, others), generating social impact, partnerships, replicable examples, and advance the achievement of the SDGs.

  • On the occasion of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2018 – held in Geneva on 19-23 March, a special edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report for the ITU Asia and Pacific Region for the period 2016-2018 was produced as the information document for the technological developments and innovations within the Asia and Pacific Region.

  • In Bangladesh, the 999 National Emergency Service is a centralized 24/7 emergency support system allowing any citizen within the country’s border to directly connect with the police, fire and ambulance emergency responding teams on the ground, in order to get aid in an emergency. Under the guidance of the ICT Division, the Government of Bangladesh provides a “toll-free” easy-to-remember unique emergency number which readily helps citizens in the fastest and most effective way. With a clear vision of implementing a sustainable project, 999 is an amalgamation of different channels, ideally building communication for information exchange.

  • In Bangladesh, the national Government created the Info-Sarker project. The project consists of three phases, with the aim of extension of the government ICT network to the lowest tier of administration and root-level citizens. Under phases I and II of this project, a high-speed Internet backbone network with high-capacity bandwidth using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology has been established in all ministries, government directorates/departments, all 64 districts and 488 Upazilas (subdistricts) and 18 130 government offices, and 25 000 tabs have been distributed to government officials for enhancing use of ICT in public sector. The central secretariat is under Wi-Fi connection, 600 police offices are under VNP connectivity, and 800 videoconferencing systems and one disaster recovery centre have also been established. Phase III is aimed at expanding the existing backbone network through 20 000 km of optical fibre cable to 2 600 rural administrative units (Union) and 1 600 police offices by June 2018. At least 60 per cent of the population will directly benefit from this project. The project is expected to increase the fixed broadband connectivity from the existing 5 per cent of households to more than 15 per cent of households and is expected to contribute a 1 per cent increase to gross domestic product. This project is developed in partnership with the China Railway International Group and it is relevant to the advancement of SDGs 8, 9 and 10.

  • The Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister's Office in Bangladesh has established the DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Students with Visual and Print Disabilities project, which aligns with the SDG 4. In Bangladesh, around 37% of the population (35% illiterate and 2% visually impaired) is falling behind in society because of inaccessibility to reading materials. With the support of a2i’s Service Innovation Fund, the Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) has developed DAISY standard accessible reading materials for students of class 1 to 10 which are handed over to visually impaired students every year on Textbook Day (1st of January) by the Honorable Prime Minister. This has made primary and secondary education inclusive (SDG 4.a) and accessible for all girls and boys, and contributed to improving literacy and numeracy among the user groups.

  • In Bangladesh, the Bangladesh NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) Network for Radio and Communication, with the help of 17 radio stations in Bangladesh, launched the project English through Community Radio. Since September 2012, the American English Radio Project (AERP) has been implementing plans for upgrading English language skills of the community radio listeners in Bangladesh. The project started as a pilot phase in one community radio station, namely Pollikontho at Moulvibazar. On 1 October 2013, the third phase of the project was replicated in an additional four radio stations in four different parts of the country, namely Radio Padma of Rajshahi, Radio Jhenuk of Jhenaidah, Radio Sagor Giri of Chittagong and Radio Naf of Cox’s Bazar. The learning of the third phase lessons was adapted in developing the proposal of AERP’s fourth phase. During implementation of the project, it was observed that the demand and interest of English learning listeners were increasing rapidly. Listeners were getting a programme-friendly environment in the radio stations. They visited the stations to meet the programme producers, presenters, facilitators and voice players to share their experiences. They sent SMS messages and mail, and made phone calls to the presenters and producers during the live broadcasting. This experience made the AERP Team confident enough to replicate and continue this project in all 17 community radio stations of the country. This initiative is aiding the advancement of SDGs 1, 5 and 16.

  • In Bangladesh, the Computer Council launched the project Development of Information Security Policies, Standards, and National Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) implementation. The Bangladesh e-Gov CIRT mission is to support government efforts to develop and amplify ICT programmes by establishing incident management capabilities within Bangladesh, which will make these programmes more efficient and reliable.

  • Digital Bangladesh is a long-term vision of human development through leveraging the flexibility and ubiquity of ICTs. With a whole-of-government approach, a2i (Access to Information) – the facilitator of this innovative agenda from the Prime Minister’s Office – has mobilized the entire government machinery through

  • In Bangladesh, the Computer Council established the National Enterprise Architecture Project. The Bangladesh Computer Council is one of the apex bodies of the Government of Bangladesh that has been instrumental in carving the path for the development of e-Governance in Bangladesh over the last two decades. At present, the Council is in the process of ensuring the success of eGovernance in Bangladesh through the establishment of the National Enterprise Architecture and the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF). This architecture and e-GIF would be the foundation for successful ICT implementation of e-services in the Government. To realize the vision and mission of the Government of establishing “Digital Bangladesh” by the year 2021 through building efficient, transparent and citizen-centric government services, termed as “e-services” through ICT, defining the National Enterprise Architecture and e-GIF for Bangladesh has been one of the key priority projects undertaken (SDGs 8, 9 and 16). The objective of this project is to assist the Government of Bangladesh through the Bangladesh Computer Council to design, develop, deploy and use the National Enterprise Architecture and e-GIF to develop strategies, processes, plans, structures, technologies and systems across the Government, thereby developing an environment that enables the government agencies to achieve their key objectives and outcomes through increased interoperability, better asset management, reduced risk and lower procurement costs.

  • In Bangladesh, the NGOs Network for Radio and Communication initiated the programme Capacity Building, Lobby and Advocacy to Contribute to Community Media Development and Fellowship for Women Journalists. The project’s activities were concerned with fulfilling the objectives of contributing to a more diverse and pluralistic media environment. Increasing access to information for citizens in the rural areas of Bangladesh, with a special focus on marginalized communities (women and Dalits) was also a main focus to achieve these goals. The specific and expected outcomes for the programme during this period (January–June 2017): Improved enabling environment for the community media in terms of legislation and towards access to information and the right to information. The access, participation and voice of women and marginalized groups in public media have increased community radio’s ability to fulfil a watchdog role and hold local authorities accountable in achieving the SDGs, through monitoring their actions (SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16). The above concerns would contribute to achieving the common objective of a strategic partnership project, i.e. media and journalists, as independent players in civil society constitute a diverse and professional information landscape and function as catalysts for change.

  • In Australia, the GovCampus is a new type of public-purpose platform for “connected government and public innovation”, providing an integrated learning channel based around podcast interviews and participatory events. It’s built upon the legacy of the successful United States-based Gov 2.0 Radio podcast, together with over five years of journeys by the Cofluence team and its public innovation networks in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia and the Pacific, as well as among international multilateral agencies and civic networks.

  • In India, Kanyashree Prakalpa seeks to improve the status and well-being of girls, specifically those from socio-economically disadvantaged families, through the conditional cash transfers scheme, by:

  • In Indonesia, the goal of the Indonesia ICT Volunteer (IICTV) programme is to empower Indonesian communities towards the country’s information society through the provision of ICT knowledge and skills. The programme works to improve community livelihoods and enhance national competitiveness through socialization, education and ICT training by excellent and skillful volunteers (SDGs 4, 5, 10 and 16). To achieve the goals of Indonesia’s information society, IICTV conducted four main programmes, namely:

  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) remains committed to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, and to implementation of the WSIS goals beyond 2018. ITU recognizes and highly appreciates the extremely valuable contributions made by stakeholders to enable the continuation of WSIS monitoring and reporting. There can be no doubt whatsoever that, in today’s fast-moving world, innovation and efficiency are vital to success. Accordingly, the WSIS Stocktaking Report in the Asia and Pacific Region 2016-2018 shares with you the most recent updates and success stories in the WSIS stocktaking process of this region.