WSIS II: Preparatory process
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World Summit on the Information Society II - November 2005
The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a global event aimed to improve access by all countries to information, and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote development, will take place in Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005.

The first Preparatory Meeting of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was held at the Medina Conference Center (Centre des Congrès), Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, from 24-26 June 2004. The governments completed their work on June 27th 2004 with a broad agreement on the issues that should form the focus of the Tunis Summit and agreed on the structure of the preparatory process for the second phase.

PrepCom 1 had the task of defining:

- The issues of the Information Society that should form the focus of the Tunis Summit
- The shape the outcome of the Tunis Summit should take
- The way to reach the goals set in the Geneva Action Plan

Based on this broad framework, it was agreed that the focus of the preparatory process to the Tunis phase should be two-pronged: it should provide solutions on how to implement and follow up the Geneva decisions (Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action) by stakeholders at national, regional and international levels with particular attention to the challenges facing the Least Developed Countries and it should complete the unfinished business in Geneva on Internet Governance and Financing. The reports of the Task Force on Financing mechanisms and the report of the Working Group on Internet Governance would provide valuable inputs to the discussion. A consensus was also reached that the agreements reached in the Geneva phase should not be re-opened.

As for the output of the Tunis phase, it was agreed to have a final document (or documents) comprising a concise political part and an operational part aimed at translating the outcome of the work undertaken in the preparatory process into actionable items. Both the political and operational parts would reaffirm and enhance the commitments undertaken in the Geneva phase. The principles of inclusiveness, efficiency, transparency and cost-effectiveness were also endorsed along with a proposed roadmap to chart the way.

In order to pave the way for the negotiations in PrepCom 2, the President of PrepCom along with delegations, regional groups and the WSIS Executive Secretariat will prepare a document to serve as a basis for the discussions, taking into account the outcome of thematic, regional and other WSIS-related meetings.

The second PrepCom will take place in Geneva from 17 to 25 February 2005.

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Outcomes of WSIS II first PrepCom (

Documents and contributions

PrepCom-1 (ITU)


WSIS PrepCom 2: A South Asian perspective (APC)

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Africa Civil Society Prepcom Briefing (APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor)

Last battle before the Summit (Heinrich Böll Foundation)

PrepComm-3: Civil Society statement

PrepComm-3: From procedural uncertainty to open confrontation about principles (Heinrich Böll Foundation)

Open source agreed in UN Information Society Summit preparations (IP Watch)

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Regional conferences

High Level Asia-Pacific Conference for the World Summit on the Information Society (UNESCAP)

Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Conference (Río de Janeiro, 8-10 June 2005)

Technical Regional Preparatory meeting in Latin America and the Caribbean for the WSIS

Recommendations for an information society with gender equality (WSIS Gender Caucus)

Africa Regional Preparatory Conference (Accra, 2-4 February 2005)

Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (Bangkok, 11-13 October 2004)

Second Western Asia Preparatory Conference (Damascus, 22-24 November 2004)

Thematic conferences

Africa Electronic Privacy and Public Voice Symposium

Role and place of media in the Information Society in Africa and the Arab States (Marrakech, 22-24 November 2004)

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