Press release: WSIS Forum 2016: harnessing the power of new technologies to drive global development

1,800 international delegates with one aim: transform the world through ICTs
Geneva, 3 May 2016 – Stakeholders from government, civil society and industry are meeting in Geneva this week to develop strategies to align the global connectivity targets set in Tunis at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a view to harnessing the transformative power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate global socio-economic development.

The world’s largest annual gathering of the ICT for development (ICT4D) community, the WSIS Forum is a unique global platform and an integral part of the ongoing WSIS Process. Providing equitable and affordable access to ICTs – especially in the developing world and to marginalized communities – is essential to achieving a truly inclusive digital economy. WSIS is where the real work of ICT4D is done, bringing together multistakeholder groups from all over the world to share best practices and create collaborative partnerships.

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