[governance] ECOSOC reviewing WSIS follow up and implementation: CSTD, UNGIS, ALF, IGF, GAID

CONGO WSIS - Philippe Dam wsis at ngocongo.org
Fri Jul 6 14:04:48 EDT 2007


Dear all, 


As some of you might know, the UN ECOSOC opened its annual substantive
session earlier this week. 

Issues related to the follow up and implementation of WSIS will be discussed
and addressed by ECOSOC later this month (according to the provisional
timetable of the ECOSOC session, WSIS follow up might be tabled on 23rd and
on 25th July).


In general, the documents addressing WSIS follow up to be considered by
ECOSOC will be:

-          The SG report on “integrated and coordinated implementation of
the outcomes of and follow up to major UN conferences and summit”
(E/2007/76, here attached, to be discussed on 23 July; it contains a series
of paragraphs in relation to WSIS); See below for some extracts on the
various post WSIS processes.

-          The final report of the 10th session of the Commission on Science
and Technology for Development (21-25 May 2007), including the two WSIS
related decisions of the CSTD (on the flow of information for WSIS follow
up, and on multi-year programme of work): see E/2007/31, hereby attached as
well, to be discussed on 25 July.


As far as we understood from diplomats here in Geneva, there might not be
any additional negotiation in Geneva. It is expected that the CSDT decision
will be confirmed by ECOSOC. We will anyway monitor the on going process and
keep you posted – and hopefully engaged. 


CONGO would be willing to address the ECOSOC on these various issues, under
the two segments that might be available in this regard. We will of course
need your remarks, suggestions and feedback.


General note

The SG report recognises that “implementation and follow-up require a broad
engagement of non-governmental stakeholders and partners” (§ 12 of


Commission on Science and Technology for Development

The SG report seems quite restrictive in defining the involvement of CS
actors in the CSTD processes. Contrary to the Tunis Agenda which requested
to take into account the multi-stakeholder approach, the SG Report defines
quite poorly the CSTD as an intergovernmental process “with contributions
from non-governmental stakeholders channelled through the multi-stakeholder
Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and
Development” (§14 of E/2007/76). CONGO considers that this quotation is not
reflecting paragraph 105 of the Tunis Agenda for the IS and ECOSOC
Resolution 2006/46: we understand GAID is a multi-stakeholder component in
CSTD and ECOSOC, but certainly not the only one, and that NGO contributions
should not be channelled / screened before reaching the CSTD / ECOSOC: CONGO
is therefore willing to correct that in the ECOSOC Plenary.


UNGIS and Action Line Facilitators process

The SG Report only provides a factual description of the creation of the UN
Group for the Information Society (“Coordination among the United Nations
system entities is undertaken by the United Nations Group on the Information
Society, created by the Secretary-General in accordance with the request of
the Summit”, § 14 of E/2007/76) and of the May 2007 cluster of WSIS action
line facilitation meetings.


Internet Governance Forum and enhanced cooperation

The SG Report states that WSIS “requested the Secretary-General to convene
the Internet Governance Forum, a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy
dialogue, to discuss, inter alia, public policy issues related to Internet
governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security,
stability and development of the Internet. The inaugural meeting, entitled
“Internet governance for development”, was held in Athens from 30 October to
2 November 2006, and the second meeting is scheduled to be held in Rio de
Janeiro from 12 to 15 November 2007. Consultations are under way to start a
process towards enhanced cooperation among all relevant stakeholders with
regard to Internet governance, as requested by the Summit” (§ 14 of


Global Alliance for ICT and Development

The SG Report includes an annexed two-page description of GAID and a
synopsis of its activities. See pages 21-22 of E/2007/76.




Please send us your comments and suggestions in this regard. We will come
back to you early next week with more details.

All the best, 




Philippe Dam
CONGO - Information Society &
Human Rights Coordinator
11, Avenue de la Paix
CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 301 1000
Fax: +41 22 301 2000
E-mail:  <mailto:wphilippe.dam at ngocongo.org> philippe.dam at ngocongo.org
Website:  <blocked::http://www.ngocongo.org> www.ngocongo.org 


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