Who Were the Key Actors Involved in the WSIS+10 Process?
Below is a list of key actors that facilitated the WSIS+10 process:
- Internet Governance Forum (IGF): The IGF was established in Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as a forum for multistakeholder policy dialogue to discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance.
- International Labour Organization (ILO): The ILO promotes rights at work, encourages decent employment opportunities, enhances social protection, and strengthens dialogue on work-related issues.
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU): The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). The ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through its work, the ITU seeks to protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate.
- International Trade Centre (ITC): ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Its aim is for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): FAO's mandate is to support members in their efforts to ensure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food.
- UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD): Since 2006, the CSTD has been mandated by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to serve as the focal point in the system-wide follow-up to WSIS outcomes and advise the Council thereon, including through the elaboration of recommendations to the Council aimed at furthering the implementation of the summit outcomes.
- United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA): UNDESA, part of the UN Secretariat, works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals.
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Since 1966, the UNDP has partnered with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): UNCTAD, which is governed by its 194 member states, is the UN body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – a main driver of development. UNCTAD's ICT-related work includes research in science, technology (including ICTs) and innovation for development, and helping developing countries design and implement technology and innovation policies for economic growth and sustainable development.
- United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): ESCAP provides a forum for its Member States that promotes regional cooperation and collective action, assisting countries in building and sustaining shared economic growth and social equity.
- United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA): ESCWA was set up with the purpose of raising the level of economic activity in member countries and strengthen cooperation among them.
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA): ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its Member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE): UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration.
- United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): ECLAC, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed toward this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.
- United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO): UNESCO was created in 1945 to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two World Wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace.
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO): UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.
- Universal Postal Union (UPU): UPU sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail, parcel and financial services volumes, and improve quality of service for customers.
- World Health Organization (WHO): WHO's primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.
- World Meteorological Organization (WMO): WMO is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces, and the resulting distribution of water resources.
- Association for Progressive Communications (APC): APC promotes the empowerment of citizens through ICTs, and advocates access to a free and open Internet, in respect of human rights and freedoms in the online space.
- ECPAT works to build collaboration among local organisations and the broader child rights community to form a global social movement for the protection of children from sexual exploitation.
Source: Geneva Internet Platform