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Final WSIS Targets Review

Achievments, Challenges and the Way Forward

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The main objective of this report (Final WSIS Targets Review: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward) is to provide policy-makers with a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of the WSIS commitments, and in particular the WSIS targets. It emphasizes the importance of ICTs for development, and the need to track these. The report is expected to highlight the lessons learnt from the WSIS monitoring process and to deliver an input to the debate on the post-2015 agenda, including discussion of possible targets and future indicators.

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Introduction

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recognized information and communication Technologies (ICTs) as transformational technologies and as important enablers for social and economic development. Besides representing an important sector, ICTs enable economic growth and have strategic spillover effects on other sectors. They create jobs and foster innovation, empower people through new and faster communication channels, and help create greater access to education, healthcare and public services. While ICTs have grown tremendously and an increasing number of people are joining the global information society, major differences in ICT uptake and use persist – the digital divide therefore remains a key impediment to development.

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