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Report on the WSIS Stocktaking 2016

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The eighth edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report Series, focuses on contributions by stakeholders worldwide to WSIS and Sustainable Development Goals. It emphasizes achievements, highlights trends and draws conclusions consistent with the action lines referenced in the Geneva Plan of Action. This Report provides key findings on emerging trends in the development of the information society, and references major activities being implemented in the eighteen areas covered by the eleven WSIS Action Lines.

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Regional and international cooperation

International cooperation among all stakeholders is vital to the implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action and needs to be strengthened with a view to promoting universal access and bridging the digital divide, inter alia by providing suitable means of implementation. Governments of developing countries should raise the relative priority of ICT projects in requests for international cooperation and assistance with infrastructure development projects from developed countries and international financial organizations. Within the context of the UN Global Compact, and building upon the United Nations Millennium Declaration, it is important to build on and accelerate public/private partnerships, focusing on the use of ICTs in development. This action line also invites international and regional organizations to mainstream ICTs in their work programmes and assist all levels of developing countries in becoming involved in the preparation and implementation of national action plans to support the fulfilment of the goals indicated in the Declaration of Principles and in the Geneva Plan of Action, taking into account the importance of regional initiatives.

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