WSIS 10 years after

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which took place in Geneva 2003 and in Tunis 2005 was a milestone for global media and communications policy. Governments, international institutions, businesses and civil society came together for multi-stakeholder debates on how to define information and communication societies and agree on common agendas. They developed landmark documents like the Geneva Declaration of Principles and the Civil Society Declaration 'Shaping Information Societies for Human Needs'.

The WSIS requested the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to make an overall review of the implementation of WSIS outcomes in 2015. Annual events have reviewed the progress made towards the goals of the WSIS. However no major conference has been planned so far (an event originally scheduled to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on 13-17 April 2014, was postponed), and no preparatory process that would eventually lead to a sustainable post-2015 framework has been set in place yet. Instead, several UN agencies have planned events and have taken the initiative to review the WSIS outcomes.

Julia Pohle, PhD student at the Free University of Brussels, is currently developing a new thematic section on the WSIS+10 review process that will help shed light on the complex WSIS universe and identify relevant actors and documents.