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WSIS Forum 2011

Outcome Document

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The high-level opening session celebrated partnerships and collaborations amongst WSIS Stakeholders while working together towards 2015. The WSIS Process is a multistakeholder process and its success in achieving the internationally agreed goals depends on successful, win–win partnerships. The goal of WSIS is to work together in multistakeholder set-ups to achieve a common vision, desire and commitment to build a people-centric, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information.The high-level dialogue brought together stakeholders from all over the world ranging from technology experts, policy specialists, to users and cyber-activists to provide insight into the “right to communication” and its ethical implications. In turn, this dialogue offered the means to reconsider humanity’s immersion in a socio-eco-techno apparatus that compels mankind to communicate in new ways. The panel will also encouraged brainstorming and debates on burning issues of the “right to communication” related to the WSIS Plan Actions.

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WSIS Forum 2011 Participation

This year the Forum attracted more than 1150 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries. Several high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community graced the Forum, more than 20 ministers and Deputies, Ambassadors, CEOs and Civil Society leaders contributed passionately towards the programme of the Forum. Among participants, there were more than 80 members of parliament, as well as several C-level representatives of the private sector and civil society. Inaddition to the badges issues, more than hundred participants carried their own identity badges for participation (for eg representatives of UN Agencies and Permanent Missions). Remote participation was an integral component of the WSIS Forum, as over 2000 stakeholders followed and contributed to the outcomes of the event in a remote manner worldwide. Onsite networking was facilitated by the imeetYouatWSIS online community platform. More than 250 on-site participants actively used the tool prior to and during the event, this tool facilitated fruitful networking leading to win–win partnerships.

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