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.



Ensure that more than half the world’s inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach and make use of them

Target 10 is the only (original) WSIS target with a numerical objective and arguably offers the most objective and quantifiable indication of progress towards a global information society. It is clear that significant progress has been made towards achieving Target 10 and the main agent for growth is the mobile cellular telephone, the penetration of which has increased phenomenally. In this respect, Target 10 has been achieved – and surpassed – in most countries. In terms of access to, and use of, the Internet, the target has not been achieved. Although significant progress has been made in the last decade or so, there is an important digital divide in terms of Internet access and use.


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