Recognizing WSIS Impacts

Unless it acknowledges key characteristics of the Internet, the World Summit on the Information Society will easily undermine it

PP Resolution 172

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PP RESOLUTION 172 (Guadalajara, 2010)

Overall review of implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Guadalajara, 2010),

  • recalling
    • a) Resolution 73 (Minneapolis, 1998) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, which achieved its aims in regard to the holding of both phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS);
    • b) Resolution 140 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) of this conference, on ITU’s role in implementing the WSIS outcomes,
  • recalling further
    • a) the Geneva Declaration of Principles and Geneva Plan of Action, adopted in 2003, and the Tunis Commitment and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, adopted in 2005, all of which were endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly;
    • b) that § 111 of the Tunis Agenda requests the United Nations General Assembly to make an overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015;
    • c) that the United Nations General Assembly, in its Resolution 60/252, decided to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015,
  • considering
    • a) the provisions of the ITU Constitution and ITU Convention concerning the role of the Union with regard to policies and strategies;
    • b) the resolutions adopted by this conference concerning WSIS;
    • c) the particular role that ITU played in initiating and leading the management of WSIS;
    • d) the mandates given to ITU in respect of overall implementation of the WSIS outcomes,
  • taking into account
    • a) progress made on overall implementation of the WSIS outcomes;
    • b) the implementation and follow-up process framework established by the Tunis Agenda;
    • c) the multistakeholder approach in implementation and follow-up process,
  • resolves to instruct the Secretary-General
    • 1 to initiate consideration, at the United Nations Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), for the preparation of the overall review of implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015, as requested by the Tunis Agenda (§ 111), including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014/15;
    • 2 to propose to CEB to make the necessary preparations based on the multistakeholder approach;
    • 3 to pursue efficient and effective coordination with all stakeholders in preparing the overall review;
    • 4 to report to the ITU Council on the results of this process, for its consideration and decision,
  • instructs the Council
    • in the light of the results of this consultation:
    • 1 to consider and decide on the Union’s role in and contribution to the overall review process;
    • 2 to examine ways and means to enhance ITU’s lead role in any relevant preparatory process;
    • 3 to request the Secretary-General, under the preparatory process, to carry out coordination with all stakeholders and provide mechanisms, including the possibility of holding open consultations;
    • 4 to evaluate at its 2011 session the financial burden for the Union that might result from its contribution to the preparatory process;
    • 5 to report to the next plenipotentiary conference on preparations for final overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes and formulate proposals for further activities.

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