Joint statement on WSIS+10 High Level Event

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By (Association for Progressive Communications)
, June 2014

16 June 2014

Joint statement on WSIS+10 multistakeholder process

As civil society organisations that have been engaged throughout the
WSIS+10 Multistakeholder Preparatory Platform (MPP), we welcome the
adoption of the WSIS+10 MPP outcome documents.

Though the road was a long and at times difficult one, we believe that
throughout the MPP a collaborative spirit prevailed in the meetings.
Under the able guidance of the Chairperson, Professor Minkin, and with
the active participation of all stakeholder groups, we saw for the
first time a full-fledged multistakeholder process being implemented
in the ITU. And we trust, indeed expect, that this same commitment to
multistakeholderism will be carried through into the modalities of the
overall WSIS review going forward.

During the last-minute negotiations in the days just preceding the
adoption of the text, the multistakeholder aspect of the negotiations
disappeared somewhat into the background, providing food for thought
as to how we can ensure full stakeholder participation in decisions
even at the very last steps of the negotiations. Whilst accepting that
the nature of such negotiations is complex, the informal nature of
the final negotiations leaves room for improvement.

Nevertheless, in addition to the issues that several of us noted in our
statements during the High Level Event, we are particularly pleased
about the reinforcement of the importance of multistakeholder
processes, and the recognition of the importance of engaging with all
stakeholders and of inclusive and open governance mechanisms. We also
greatly value the increased recognition of the importance of
protecting and promoting human rights that the final versions of the
input documents contain.

Finally, we welcome the renewed recognition of the importance of linking
ICTs to development in the documents, and would like to use this
opportunity to urge governments, indeed all stakeholders, to refocus on
the development dimension of the WSIS. There is no doubt that governance
issues have an important role to play in facilitating the development
dimension of the WSIS. However, we must ensure that the original goal of
the WSIS – that of harnessing the potential of ICTs for development – becomes the central focus of the WSIS going forward.

Statement on behalf of:

Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
Center for Technology and Society at FGV (CTS/FGV)
Global Partners Digital
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Internet Democracy Project
Internet & Digital Ecosystem Alliance (IDEA)
Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

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