IGF 2020 OF #33 WSIS Action Lines achieving the SDGs: WSIS Forum 2021 OCP

Friday, 6th November, 2020 (09:10 UTC) - Friday, 6th November, 2020 (10:10 UTC)
Room 2
About this Session
The WSIS Forum 2021 Open Consultation process (OCP) aims at ensuring a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum. This process actively engages multistakeholders in the preparatory process to ensure broad ownership and further improvements of the Forum. The Open Consultation Process will include a collection of inputs from regional and national WSIS related events and therefore work towards shaping the Themes and Format of WSIS Forum 2021. New open calls will be described and promoted.

Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min


WSIS Forum 2021: Open Consultation Process

17-21 May 2021


Keywords: #InformationSociety #development #ICT4SDG #multistakeholder #inclusive #crowdsourced #stocktaking #prizes #HighLevel #GrassRoot #accessibility #gender #OlderPersons #youth #sports #space #infrastructure #access #CapacityBuilding #cybersecurity #regulation #eGovernment #eBusiness #eHealth #eEmployment #eEnvironment #eAgriculture #eLearning #eScience #CulturalDiversity #media #ethics #cooperation #partnership

The year 2020 has marked 15 years since the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum summit held in Tunisia, demonstrating that the foundations of a “just and equal information society” set by the Geneva Plan of Action in 2003 are still crucial to all WSIS stakeholders.

WSIS Forum represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community, and is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/co-facilitators.

Following 15,000 accumulative participants attending the fully virtual WSIS Forum 2020, we are expecting thousands of information and communication technology (ICT) experts from around the globe to assemble the 2021 annual event and to discuss advancing technological solutions to meet the challenges of sustainable development.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2021 will serve as platform to discuss a range of compelling sessions on everything from building vibrant ICT-centric ecosystems to disaster risk reduction to machine learning for 5G systems.

With diverse stakeholders from around the world, the WSIS Forum brings together global commitments to create and maintain an information society that brings benefits to everyone, everywhere. And this year includes increased focus on how to leverage the power of ICTs to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The WSIS Forum has proven to be an efficient medium for coordination of multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals.

The WSIS Stocktaking Database and the WSIS Prizes show what this multistakeholder effort can achieve on the ground in practical terms. New Calls for Submission for WSIS Stocktaking 2021 Report and WSIS Prizes 2021 contest will be presented. Additionally, the ongoing call for submissions to the Coronavirus (COVID19) Response - ICT Case Repository will be promoted.

The annual WSIS Forum hosts two days of high-level dialogues and policy statements, more than 200 specialized workshops and interactive exhibitions, annual awards WSIS Prizes, inspiring WSIS TalkX, international hackathon, various exhibitions and several special tracks focused on: o Virtual Reality for SDGs o ICTs and Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and Specific Needs o Gender Mainstreaming o Innovation for SDGs o ICTs and Sports o ICTs and Youth o ICTs for Older Persons

The WSIS Forum is the only event of its kind where the programme and agenda are completely crowdsourced and build during the open consultation process. Involving all WSIS Stakeholders (governments, civil society, private sector entities, academia and international organizations), this process aims to ensure a participatory and inclusive spirit of the Forum.

The WSIS Forum 2021 is scheduled to be held from 17 to 21 May 2021. The inputs received during this meeting will be integrated in the outcomes of the Open Consultation Process.


International Telecommunication Union


Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Catalin Marinescu, Head of Strategic Planning Division, SPM, ITU
  • Mr. Joe Hironaka, Programme Specialist, UNESCO 
  • Ms. Scarlett Fondeur Gil, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
  • Ms. Minerva Novero-Belec, Policy Specialist, UNDP

Moderators and Presenters:

Ms. Gitanjali Sah, Strategy and Policy Coordinator, ITU, and Mr. Vladimir Stankovic, Program Officer, ITU

Onsite Moderator

Gitanjali Sah, ITU

Online Moderator

Vladimir Stankovic, ITU


Vladimir Stankovic, ITU


GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals