What are the World Summit on the Information Society Action Lines, and why are they key for the progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
Today, 15 April 2019, in Geneva the Ministerial Round Table at 10th World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum has taken place. It emphasised the importance of WSIS Action Lines as a key framework for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said: “Ten years on, we are joined by more than 30 agencies of our extended United Nations family. People’s lives have been transformed. With the emergence of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, 5G and other new technologies, the next decade will continue to bring enormous opportunities.”
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations states: “The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.” More detail on each of the seventeen sustainable development goals is available on the United Nations website.
The WSIS Action lines
The outcomes of the WSIS Forum include:
- “United Nations regional commissions committed to strengthen regional WSIS action through multi-stakeholder platforms and a series of face-to-face meetings. It is anticipated that WSIS Action Lines will be included in the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism and will become one of the pillars of the regional SDG Forums. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) was appointed as the Chair of the WSIS UN Regional Commission; and
- The United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) reiterated its commitment to the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines towards the SDGs, with a joint statement to be released during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum 2019, to be co-chaired by ITU and the United Nations Development Programme.”