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1 WSIS and private sector Marc Furrer, State secretary for WSIS 17.10.2003

2 1. Subject Information Society is related to several topics: health, education, development, science, culture, … Most of the people on this earth have no telephone Many countries have no free flow of information Information can be used as a tool for political manipulation Possibilities are given – ICT can be used all over the world Why is this Summit necessary

3 2. A new Summit Form: Involvement of partners –Private sector –Civil society –Media Summit Events –New: argument against summit fatigue "Dont come just for the plenary" 3. Political situation Opportunity to talk together in order to find solutions Opportunity for UN and ITU Why is this Summit necessary

4 ICT for Development (Millennium Declaration) Cultural and linguistic diversity / Traditional media Good governance Security of information WSIS – The Topics

5 Not just a "technological" Summit Open discussion (human rights included) Political relevance –Declaration / Action plan (as substantial and as focussed as possible – i.e. "universal access") –Representation of Governments at highest level Quality of summit events –Participation of all stakeholders –Versatility, originality and depth of the topics –General interest for the events Sustainability of the process starting in Geneva –Tunis 2005 –Further conferences on sub-topics Key elements for a successful WSIS

6 Support of the political and diplomatic negotiation process Mobilization of Heads of State, Leaders of Private Sector, Civil Society Logistical planning and preparation Summit Events organization Switzerland as host country

7 Dialogue possibility between: –Heads of State / Ministers –Private Sector (Investors) –International Organizations –Civil Society Presentation of Best Practices (solutions!) Market place of ideas Win-win solutions The Summit Events (1)

8 The Host Country (Switzerland) Co-ordinates the Summit Events Organizes itself several Summit Events The Summit Events (2)

9 UN: World Forum on Electronic Media – WEMF UNESCO: Symposium with Nobel Laureates UN ICT Task Force: various initiatives World Bank: InfoDev Symposium International Chamber of Commerce: day-Event Civil Society Events co-ordinated by the Civil Society Bureau The Summit Events (3)

10 ICT4D Platform (Global Knowledge Partnership – GKP, Swiss Development Co-operation Agency) –300 projects from 50 countries –Existing initiatives, information, solutions, business relations, new forms of co-operation, finance development Crossing the borders (Culture within Infosociety) Science and the City (events in various towns across Switzerland) InfoDev Symposium Swiss Commission for UNESCO Statistics and Infosociety Swiss Summit Events

11 Showcase ideas & projects, present "best practices" New and enhanced business opportunities Contacts with Government leaders looking for investors Participation at workshops and roundtables with Government representatives and civil society leaders (corporate social responsibility) Why should the Private Sector participate at WSIS

12 Swiss Website: Events: Current Information

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