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1 International Telecommunication Union Committed to Connecting the World First Multi-stakeholder WSIS+10 Review Event February 2013 Measuring the WSIS Targets within Unescos field of competence Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development Measuring the WSIS Targets Vanessa GRAY IDS/BDT/ITU

2 Committed to Connecting the World 2 2 Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development Global initiative to improve internationally comparable ICT statistics, launched in 2004 Response to the WSIS request to monitor the information society Helps measure the information society: Defining a core list of ICT Indicators and methodologies Assisting developing countries Collecting and disseminating information society statistics Membership includes all international and regional agencies involved in official ICT statistics ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNDESA, World Bank, ECA, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, EUROSTAT, UNEP SBC

3 Committed to Connecting the World The 10 WSIS targets The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, 2003/2005) outcome documents included reference to 10 WSIS targets to assess global progress towards the information society by 2015 (in line with Millennium Development Goals) Targets range from connecting villages, schools, and health centers to developing online content and providing people with ICT access 3

4 Committed to Connecting the World Original WSIS targets 1. To connect villages with ICTs and establish community access points 2. To connect universities, colleges, secondary schools and primary schools with ICTs 3. To connect scientific and research centres with ICTs 4. To connect public libraries, cultural centres, museums, post offices and archives with ICTs 5. To connect health centres and hospitals with ICTs 6. To connect all local and central government departments and establish websites and addresses 7. To adapt all primary and secondary school curricula to meet the challenges of the information society, taking into account national circumstances 8. To ensure that all of the worlds population have access to television and radio services 9. To encourage the development of content and put in place technical conditions in order to facilitate the presence and use of all world languages on the Internet 10.To ensure that more than half the worlds inhabitants have access to ICTs within their reach 4

5 Committed to Connecting the World : Measurement process initiated by ITU, as part of its role in the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report (WTDR) 2010, jointly with other partners Launch of the new Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development Task Group on Measuring the WSIS targets (TG WSIS) Monitoring the WSIS targets – process

6 Committed to Connecting the World Partnership Task Group on Measuring the WSIS targets (TG WSIS) Launched during WSIS Forum 2010 (May 2010) Includes Partnership members and external collaborators (WSIS community) Worked through an open consultation process/ online forum to refine and discuss indicators and definitions and published Measuring the WSIS Targets – A statistical framework in May 2011, at the WSIS Forum 6

7 Committed to Connecting the World 10 (+1) targets & 49 indicators to assess the global information society Measuring the WSIS Targets A statistical framework with indicators, definitions, benchmarks and collection methodologies To guide countries in their data collection efforts and help them measure progress towards becoming information societies The main reference document for the final review of the achievements made towards meeting the WSIS targets in

8 Committed to Connecting the World WSIS+10 review ITU High-level meeting on the overall review of WSIS in meta-data questionnaire 2013 WSIS Targets questionnaire will be sent to countries to evaluate/measure the WSIS targets Partnership will prepare quantitative assessment report for WSIS+10 review, based on the framework document 8

9 Committed to Connecting the World WSIS Targets meta-data questionnaire Sent to 193 countries through UN Regional Commissions (ECA, ECLAC, ESCWA, ESCAP), OECD, Eurostat, UNCTAD Sent to national WSIS focal points (usually ICT Ministries or NSOs) Relatively low response rate: 28% Lack of data? Lack of awareness/visibility? Lack of coordination? 9

10 Committed to Connecting the World Source: Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. Note: *Other includes the OECD non-EU members states (Australia, Canada, Israel, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Turkey, USA ) as well as Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia, Ukraine. WSIS Targets meta-data questionnaire response rate Global average: 28%

11 Committed to Connecting the World Source: Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. Note: *Preliminary data based on response rate by 24 February Availability based only on those 54 countries that responded to the WSIS meta-data questionnaire. Availability of data by target*

12 Committed to Connecting the World Key findings and lessons learned Low response rate Increase awareness about WSIS targets Encourage countries to coordinate WSIS targets data collection Data availability higher for basic ICT infrastructure, access and household/ business data Lack of data in particular in the areas of culture, content, language, education Work with UNESCO constituency 12


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