WSIS Forum 2023, hosted by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The WSIS Forum is organized with the engagement of other United Nations Agencies, including FAO, ILO, ITC, UNEP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNODC, UPU, UN Women, UN Tech Bank for LDCs, UNU, WFP, WHO, WIPO,WMO and UN Regional Commissions.
The WSIS Forum represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ multi-stakeholder community and is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.
The WSIS Forum is scheduled to be held from 13 to 17 March 2023 in Geneva, and remotely, under the theme of WSIS Action Lines for building back better and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs. Virtual sessions will continue in April and May 2023. WSIS Forum will leverage the WSIS-SDG Matrix and serve as a platform for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, set up by 2030 Agenda (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).
The Forum will build upon two tracks, the High-Level Track, consisting of policy statements, interactive high-level dialogues, a WSIS Prize ceremony, a ministerial round table, and the Forum Track, which will offer participants a series of WSIS Action Line facilitation meetings, country workshops, thematic workshops, training sessions, special tracks on various thematic areas, knowledge cafés, a Hackathon as well as an exhibition addressing issues that are critical to WSIS implementation and follow-up in a multi-stakeholder setting.
Relevant documentation, the format and timeline, agenda and registration can be accessed at http://www.wsis.org/forum.
The platform provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships.