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Towards Knowledge Societies

UNESCO with its unique mandate to promote the free exchange of ideas and knowledge has played a key role in WSIS. UNESCO’s contribution incorporated the ethical, legal and sociocultural dimensions of the Information Society and helped to grasp the opportunities offered by the ICTs by placing the individual at its centre.
UNESCO plays its threefold role in the post-WSIS process as coordinator, facilitator and implementer:

  • Coodinator: UNESCO (with ITU & UNDP),coordinates overall implementation process including United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) and the WSIS Forum;

  • Facilitator: UNESCO facilitates the implementation of specific areas of work;

  • Implementor: UNESCO implements its programmes and initiatives that contribute to the achievements of WSIS goals.

  • WSIS Forum 2010

    At the WSIS Forum 2010 held on 10-14 May, UNESCO organized a high-level debate on social networking and two thematic workshops focusing on gender and indigenous people in the Information Society.

    UNESCO was also responsible for the following Action Line facilitating meetings:

    In addition, Final Executive Briefing Draft of the Forum
    (Version 1.1) covers all events organized during the Forum.

    Videos from the WSIS Forum
    WSIS FORUM 2010: Day 1 Highlights
    Ms Irina Bokova - Statement to WSIS Forum 2010 (Geneva)

    WSIS Follow-up community platform

    Purpose of the platform is to facilitate information gathering and exchange, and common development of ideas and projects among the multi-stakeholder team for each Action Line through collaborative and community oriented online tools. >> Visit the platform




  • Thematic Workshop “Indigenous Peoples in the Information Society”: 11 May 2010 (11:15-13:00); ITU, Room M, Geneva, Switzerland
  • High Level Debate on Social Networking, 11 May 2010, Geneva, Switerland
  • Fifth consultation on Action Line C3 “ICTs and Persons with disabilities”: 11 May 2010
  • Fifth consultation on Action Line C10 “Info ethics”: 11 May 2010 (14:30-16:00), ITU, Room H, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fifth consultation on Action Line C3 “ICT and Gender”: 10 May 2010
  • Fifth consultation on Action Line C8 "Multilingualism": 10 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Fifth consultation meeting on WSIS Action Line C9 "Media": 12 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland