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World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2021 - Advancing Internet Universality for responding the pandemic and supporting SDGs
Event Date: 
Wed, 2021/05/05
Online (Geneva)

The annual WSIS Forum is a global multi-stakeholder platform facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Linesfor advancing sustainable development organized in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line co-/facilitators and other UN organizations (FAO, ILO, ITC, UNDESA, UNEP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNODC, UPU, UN Women, WFP, WHO, WIPO, WMO and UN Regional Commissions). It provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies. 


UNESCO’s Internet Universality Indicators have been developed as an internationally recognized toolkit to be used by all on a voluntary basis. They allow UNESCO Member States and all interested stakeholders to operationalize the concept of ‘Internet Universality’ and help them to pinpoint gaps and make recommendations to improve their national Internet policies including those protecting online human rights and open Internet.     
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded the world of the importance of the  Internet, as a window to education, access to information, health, culture and countless other aspects of daily life. UNESCO thus stands strongly for  defending  Internet Universality  ROAM  principles  (Rights, Openness, Accessible by all and Multistakeholder participation) and assessing Internet Universality Indicators (IUIs) on preserving human rights on the Internet as well as its openness and accessibility in a spirit of multi-stakeholder participation in the norms, regulations and programmes that govern digital technologies. 

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