Supporting the World Summit on Information Society

Internet Governance Forum, Multistakeholder Advisory Group and WSIS meetings will be held in Geneva from 10-14 May

IGF Planning Meeting

A planning meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will take place from 10-11 May, preparing the programme of the fifth annual IGF Meeting to be held in Vilnius Lithuania on 14-17 September 2010.

Open to all interested stakeholders, the meeting will focus on the selection of workshops and their relationship with the main sessions. More than 80 workshop proposals have been submitted to the IGF Secretariat.

Meeting of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG)

The main task of this meeting on 12 May is to review the MAG’s functioning and to make proposals for improvements in view of a possible renewal of its mandate.

WSIS Forum 2010

On 12 May, DESA will convene the Fifth Facilitation Meeting on Implementing the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society. Participants will exchange information and discuss progress in implementing 3 of the 11 WSIS Action Lines:

  • Action Line C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICT for development;
  • Action Line C7. ICT Applications – eGovernment; and,
  • Action Line C11. International and regional cooperation

The purpose of the Fifth Facilitation Meeting, which is open to all stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, and international organizations, is to inform participants of the meetings on the respective sub group’s activities and to provide a platform to exchange information and experiences.

The meeting will also identify the proprietary areas for implementation within the Action Lines and create synergies among different stakeholders for more effective knowledge sharing and collaboration in order to ensure the implementation of WSIS at the international, regional and national levels.

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Furthering the partnership between DESA and OECD in e-Government

In recognition of the United Nations E-government Survey, DPADM/DESA was invited by OECD to participate in the OECD Workshop on E-Government Indicators that took place on 29-30 March at the OECD Headquarters in Paris

The United Nations E-Government Index is the official OECD indicator for global e-government readiness in the OECD publication Government at a Glance 2009. The workshop deliberations resulted in support for the development of a framework for the second stage e-government indicators that support policy-making, especially back-office indicators, performance (outcomes and outputs) indicators, and economically-oriented indicators.

The participants highlighted the need to fine-tune the framework and the methodology, and to adopt a commonly agreed upon terminology. Subsequent to the meeting, DESA through DPADM accepted an invitation by OECD to become a Member of the newly established virtual taskforce of e-government indicators specialists.

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