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Report on the WSIS Stocktaking 2017

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The principal role of the WSIS Stocktaking exercise is to leverage the activities of stakeholders working on the implementation of WSIS outcomes and share knowledge and experience of projects by replicating successful models designed to achieve SDGs. The WSIS Stocktaking process was initiated in October 2004 during the Tunis phase of WSIS, and in the years since then it has come to comprise the database of: exchanges of information on projects, sharing of best practices of certain regions, initiatives related to the implementation of the 11 WSIS action lines, linkage between the 11 action lines and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a linkage that becomes more and more important over the years.

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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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