WSIS: Day Two

High-Level Dialogue: Sustainable Development Goals and WSIS Action Lines


ICTs have been identified as key enablers in development in the newly drafted Post-2015 Agenda. They are specifically referenced in four of the 17 draft Sustainable Development Goals; education, gender empowerment, goal 9 and as a means of implementation to help implement all of the goals. WSIS has made a convincing case for ICTs for development (ICT4D), with applications seen in areas as diverse as healthcare, education and environment.

The High-Level Dialogue identified how the WSIS Process and Action Line follow-up can be leveraged to support the Post-2015 development framework. Recurring themes included: Localized implementation; Open and inclusive a route to success; WSIS first step in review and monitoring goals with ICTs; Universal and affordable access.

Following opening remarks by Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General, Gary Fowlie, Head of the Liaison Office in New York, lead the ‘High-Level Dialogue: Sustainable Development Goals and WSIS Action Lines’. The panel consisted of: Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD); H.E. Ms Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Information Technology of Pakistan; H.E. Mrs. Rosemary Mbabazi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and ICT – MYICT); Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner Digital Economy and Society,  European Commission; Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director Global Internet Policy, ISOC; Joseph Alhadeff, Chairman International Chamber of Commerce Commission on the Digital Economy; and Cyril  Ritchie, President of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO).

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