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Report on the WSIS Stocktaking 2013

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This report provides crucial outcomes, in the form of the Forum 2013 Outcome Document, a compilation of recommendations from all sessions with special focus on recommendations for WSIS+10 and the 2013 edition of the publication Identifying Emerging Trends and a WSIS Beyond 2015. During WSIS Forum 2013 the UNGIS members will issue a joint declaration highlighting how the link between the potential of ICTs as key enablers ofdevelopment, and as critical components of innovative development solutions, is full recognised in the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and that the Post-2015 Development Agenda reflects lessons learned during the past decade in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.The WSIS Forum has evolved as the mechanism to identify emerging trends in the ICT ecosystem in a multistakeholder format, with expert inputs from UN Agency Focal Points; it plays a strategic role within the framework of the WSIS+10 Overall Review and beyond 2015 as the only international multistakeholder platform to get multistakeholder consensus on WSIS+10 Overall Review. In the upcoming WSIS Forum 2013, several WSIS+10 Visioning tracks have been integrated in the agenda.

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The WSIS Stocktaking Report 2013 describes various ICT-related activities reported for the period May 2012 to May 2013 in response to ITU’s official call for updates and new entries. The information has been submitted by a range of stakeholders, including governments, the private sector, international organizations and civil society. Core facilitators and other United Nations agencies have also contributed actively to the report in their respective areas of competence. The diverse activities reflected in the publication form an overall picture of the development of the information society, from which core global trends can be identified. The tremendous progress made has been achieved thanks to the fruitful multistakeholder collaboration that constitutes the foundation for successful implementation of national strategies. The common goal of all these strategies is to build an inclusive information society and bridge the digital divide. There is no doubt that ICTs are becoming more and more integrated in society, a case in point being Kazakhstan, where the national programme seeks to embed ICTs in all fields of economic activity and human life. It is important to highlight that, in developing their national strategies, governments continue to refer to the WSIS outcome documents.

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