World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was held in two phases: the first phase was in Geneva in December 2003 and the second phase was in Tunis, Tunisia, in November 2005. The purpose was to discuss the impacts of information and communications technology (ICT) and how to bridge the digital divide and extend the benefits to developing economies. Representatives from 175 countries, international organisations, civil society, and businesses adopted a “Geneva Declaration of Principles” and “Geneva Plan of Action.” The WSIS was designed to support the Millenium Development Goals.Reports and papers from the conference are available for review on the event website.

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