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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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Conclusions and way forward

The appearance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the high-level political agenda includes statements by the United Nations (UN) Administrative Committee on Coordination in 1997, the UN Economic and Social Council in 2000 and the G8 group in 2000, recognizing the importance of ICTs to sustainable development and the development of a global knowledge-based society and economy. These paved the way for the UN Millennium Declaration stating that the benefits of ICTs should be available to all, and to the endorsement of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) by the UN General Assembly in 2002. Subsequent to the Geneva and Tunis phases of WSIS, and agreement on the Geneva vision “… to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society …”, annual WSIS meetings have been conducted to discuss the lessons learnt in pursuing ICT for Development (ICT4D). In particular, the 2013 WSIS Forum issued a statement by the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) on the potential of ICTs to support the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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