Background

The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Chairman of the High-level Summit Organizing Committee for the World Summit on the Information Society briefed CEB on preparations for the Geneva phase of the Summit and on the outcome of the Organizing Committee meeting held on 24 April at UNESCO headquarters. He reported on the outcomes of the second meeting of the Preparatory Committee (17-28 February 2003) and regional preparatory conferences. During the Geneva phase, the Summit is expected to adopt a political declaration and plan of action for the purpose of establishing a clear vision of the information society and practical steps aimed at bridging the digital divide and meeting many of the Millennium Development Goals.

Action

CEB members reiterated their strong interest and support for the objectives of the Summit, and concurred with the conclusions of HLSOC concerning the role and continued contribution of United Nations organizations in the Summit process, including, in particular, the provision of inputs on contents.