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WSIS Forum 2016

Outcome Document. Geneva 2 - 6 May

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Following the UN General Assembly Resolution A/70/125, calling for close alignment of the WSIS and SDG process as well as holding the WSIS Forum on the annual basis, the WSIS Forum 2016 was held in May 2016 at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva and the overall theme of the WSIS Forum 2016 was “WSIS action lines: supporting the implementation of SDGs”. WSIS Forum 2016 attracted more than 1800 WSIS Stakeholders from more than 140 countries onsite and more than 800 remote participants from 85 countries. High-level representatives from the wider WSIS stakeholder community graced the event and contributed towards the programme of the Forum and its annual theme. Within the framework of the High-Level Track, officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community, representing the government, private sector, civil society, academia, technical community and international organizations were given opportunity to provide their insights on the WSIS Action Lines, the outcomes of the United Nations general assembly overall review and the submissions received during the open consultation process. Key outcomes of the WSIS Forum 2016 include the following: WSIS Forum 2016: Outcome Document WSIS Forum 2016: High Level Track Outcomes and Executive Brief WSIS Action Lines Supporting Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (2016) WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016 WSIS Stocktaking Success Stories 2016 WSIS Forum 2016 and SDG Matrix

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Knowledge café

The Knowledge Café: ‘Implementing Best Practices and Addressing Challenges’, was held on 4th May 2016 in the ITU Montbrillant building. It provided an ideal multistakeholder platform for about 100 WSIS delegates and 2016 WSIS Prize Winners and Champions, enabling active involvement of each and every participant to explore key questions on the data requirements necessary to “take stock” of ICT progress and implement effective policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This collaborative format facilitated brainstorming on trends, challenges and opportunities when using ICTs for development.

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