Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan participated in 2016 WSIS Forum


World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum is held in Geneva between 2-6 May 2016 with the participation of more than 1,800 stakeholders from 140 countries, 85 ministers, 250 senior executives and civil society leaders.

Under the leadership of President of Authority, Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan, ICTA participated in the Forum with a delegation of Board Members Celalettin Dinçer, Figen Kılıç and Dr. İhsan Kulalı.

Dr. Sayan made a speech at the session dated 3 May 2016 at the High Level Policy Session of the Forum regarding “WSIS Action Lines and 2030 Agenda”, which aims to establish a link between the results of the WSIS outputs and sustainable development goals. In his speech, Dr. Sayan highlighted the role of regulatory authorities in eliminating the digital divide and importance of establishing a secure ICT environment at the international level. Dr. Sayan is also stated that WSIS targets are compatible with sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and the importance of these goals.

Dr. Sayan wished success to Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation to be established under CSTD (Commission on Science and Technology for Development) as a result of the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS adopted at WSIS + 10 High Level Event held in New York on December 2015 and to strengthen the cooperation of countries on Internet governance and called on Working Group to work for the purpose of consensus and reconciliation.

WSIS Forum is an event organized by ITU in collaboration with UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP for discussion regarding results and targets of WSIS by all stakeholders every year. First held in 2009, Forum has become a multi-stakeholder platform where important issues related to the Information Society are discussed. Assessed and highlighted issues in each year's Forum is published in an outcome document.

Forum consists of panels with high level participants, private meetings and thematic workshops. Moreover, awards in various categories are given to the best information society applications as a result of voting that everyone can participate.This year, the Ministry of Justice of our country with UYAP and Tiga with the Drug Tracking System projects were awarded.

During the Forum, Dr. Ömer Fatih Sayan and delegation accompanying visited Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau and Chaesub Lee, Director of Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. At the meeting with Dr. Chaesub Lee, it is emphasized that electronic communications sector in the coming years, the internet and especially mobile broadband internet access will be much more prominent, so it is important to establish 5G mobile communication technology and 5G standards. A desire to ensure active participation to working groups which work on 5G mobile communication technologies and 5G standards is underlined. Moreover, it is expressed that World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly which will be held in Hammamet/Tunisia between 25 October-3 November 2016 is expected to focus on 5G mobile communications technologies and standards.

At the meeting with Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, good faith and contentment feelings regarding cooperation on “Child Online Protection” workshop which will be held between 13-14 October 2016 hosted by ICTA in common with ITU are exchanged and detailed information is provided regarding the International Conference organized every year by the ICTA.

About WSIS

WSIS process started with Resolution 73 adopted in the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference at Minneapolis at 1988. With this resolution, it is decided that ITU should present to the UN the proposition of organizing a conference where ICT issues will be discussed. With a resolution of ITU Council 2011, it is concluded that WSIS will be organized with two legs which will be in Switzerland and Tunisia. UN General Assembly adopted document A/RES/56/183 in which, with reference to ITU resolutions, WSIS process is defined as an open-ended intergovernmental process with participation of UN specialized agencies, governments, private sector and civil society under the coordination of ITU.

The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 10 to 13 December of 2003. Geneva Declaration of Principles and Geneva Plan of Action were adopted at the end of the Summit. Declaration of Principles reveals the agreed principles on various topics regarding information society. Declaration of Principles includes short and middle range objectives such as e-science, e-environment, e-health in order to achieve targets set by Declaration of Principles.

Tunis Summit, second phase of WSIS, was held from 16 to 18 November of 2005. In the Tunis Summit, Tunis Commitment and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society were adopeted, and it is decided that all related international organizations (ITU, UNESCO, CSTD), within theirs’ competence, would review the WSIS outcomes for the next 10 years and evaluate the future of WSIS at the end of 10 years.

United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Review of WSIS +10, held in New York on 15-16 December 2015, is significant because the event is a high level UN meeting, highlights the opportunities the global society will have in the future and outcomes of the event have a political weight.

Please click for the WSIS+10 release.

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