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Wednesday, September 3 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
UNCTAD Open Forum - Consultation on CSTD ten-year review of WSIS

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The Economic and Social Council has tasked the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) with conducting a ten-year review of the progress made in the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes.* As part of this review, the Economic and Social Council requested the Commission to collect inputs from all stakeholders. The objective of this consultation is to provide opportunity to all stakeholders to share any experiences and insights believed to be of value for the ten-year review.

The discussion will center around the following questions: 

• To what extent has a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society developed in the 10 years since the WSIS?

• How far do you consider the implementation of WSIS outcomes to have been achieved?

• What are the challenges to the implementation of WSIS outcomes and to the emergence of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society?

• What should be the priorities for stakeholders seeking to achieve WSIS outcomes and progress towards the Information Society in the post-2015 development agenda?

* More information of the CSTD's ten-year review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes is available at:


Omobola Johnson

Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson is Nigeria's Honorable Minister of Communication Technology. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, a Master’s degree in Digital Electronics from King's College, London and a Doctor of Business Administration degree in the School of Management from Cranfield University. She joined Accenture, an international management consulting firm in 1985 and... Read More →


Mervi Kultamaa

WSIS Coordinator, CSTD
Mervi Kultamaa is WSIS Coordinator in the Division on Technology and Logistics of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. She has extensive experience in global diplomacy on WSIS and internet governance.  Before joining the UNCTAD secretariat in February 2014, she worked as Counsellor in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, responsible for Information Society.  She served then also as a member of the IGF... Read More →

David Souter

Managing Director, ICT Development Associates
Dr David Souter has been an independent expert in ICT, Internet and related public policy issues since 2003, specialising in the relationship between ICTs and development, environment and governance.  He is managing director of ict Development Associates and president of The Global Connectivity Group on Sustainable Development and also acts as a consultant to several United Nations agencies including the Commission on Science and... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Workshop Room 04 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 2)

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