Background

The Secretary-General of ITU recalled that WSIS, held in two phases in 2003 and 2005, had aimed at fostering a clear statement of political will, and taking concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all.  In preparation for the 2015 overall review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) outcomes, the Board had tasked the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) – under ITU’s leadership – to undertake consultations and develop a system-wide action plan for its endorsement.  The open consultation process had led to the elaboration of the action plan submitted to CEB at its current session/Spring 2012 session by the High-Level Committee on Programmes.  The Plan built contained two components: (a) the expected final outcomes of the overall review process (WSIS+10), including a forward-looking document setting the agenda beyond 2015 (a negotiated text), as well as series of evaluation reports; and (b) the proposed preparatory process and meetings within the framework of the overall review up to 2015.

Discussion

Mr. Touré informed the Board that Member States had also instructed him to propose to CEB that ITU should play a leading managerial role in the process of the overall review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society outcomes building on existing mechanisms in the United Nations, seeking both synergy effects and cost efficiencies. Furthermore, during its sixty-sixth session, the General Assembly had reaffirmed its role in the overall review and had decided to consider the modalities for the review process during its sixty-seventh session.

As noted by the Chair, HLCP had reviewed and proposed the action plan for the endorsement of CEB. He added that the Committee had expressed appreciation for the plan and had resolved to support the series of relevant events to be held in the run-up to the overall review process. Some concerns were raised with regard to the number of meetings and reporting requirements included in the plan and views were expressed that the number of meetings and reports should be minimized. The Secretary-General of ITU had taken good note of this and would endeavour to use remote participation tools wherever possible.

Action

The Board endorsed the Plan of Action for the Overall Review of the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society.