Posted by: APO | 10 April 2008


ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 Forum Session focus on
WSIS Commitments: where do we stand now?


Geneva, 10 April 2008


Forum discussion on WSIS Commitments: where do we stand now?


Tuesday, 13 May 2008, 9:00 − 10:30


Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Chefren A&B, Cairo, Egypt


The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set out the goals and aspirations of the global community for providing access to information and communication technologies (ICT) that is universal, ubiquitous, equitable and affordable. These goals engage all stakeholders – governments, the private sector and civil society – in establishing the vital foundations for an inclusive Information Society.

But what do these commitments really mean? Can universal connectivity also be made affordable for remote rural communities? Can access really be equitable when opportunities are abundant for some and inaccessible for many? How does our vision of universal service need to be adapted to the 21st Century? How are these commitments being implemented and where does attention need to be focused now?


The session is expected to be chaired by Mr Janis Karklins, Ambassador of Latvia to France and UNESCO and former Chairman of the WSIS Preparatory Committee (Tunis phase).

Invited speakers and Panellists:

Keynote speakers

Mr Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

Mr John Davies, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, Intel Corp.

Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Ms Lyndall Shope-Mafole, Director-General, Department of Communications, South Africa

Mr Adama Samassekou, President, Preparatory Committee (Geneva Phase) of WSIS

Mr James Rawley, UN Resident Coordinator

The WSIS session will be immediately followed by “Policy Agenda: from Kigali to tomorrow.” Further information on this and other Forum sessions at ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 is available here

Online registration for Visitors and Forum participants is available here.

Media accreditation

Accreditation for media and industry analysts for ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 is available here. All journalists and industry analysts who wish to gain full access to information and benefit from media services for this event need to be accredited.

Accreditation to ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2008 will also provide access to the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrations and award ceremony at the Cheops Auditorium on 15 May at 13:00.


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