The Golden Book, WSIS Stocktaking, ICT Success Stories

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					The Golden Book,
 WSIS Stocktaking,
   ICT Success Stories
 International Telecommunication Union

  Moderators/Facilitators’ Consultation Meeting
          UNOG, Geneva, 24 February 2006

                  Presentation prepared for the official launch of the Golden Book.
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The Golden Book: Origins
 Swiss proposal during PrepCom-2 for a
  “stakeholder commitments paper”, later
  endorsed by Intergovernmental Bureau of
 Questionnaire launched in October 2005
 Creation of the Golden Book database
 Invitation to all WSIS Stakeholders to submit
  commitments and new initiatives
  announced during the Tunis Phase of WSIS
The Golden Book: Origins
 Database open for entries
  from 20 October to 31 January 2006
 By 1 February, 378 commitments registered
 24 February 2006: official launch

  The Golden Book Report

  The Golden Book CD Rom
            378 Commitments
Breakdown of activities by entity   Scope of activities
   378 Commitments
     Breakdown by type of activity
        378 Commitments
Timescale of activities   Breakdown by origin
commitments             >       € 3.2
Amount of financial commitments by stakeholder
commitments                  >   € 3.2
Breakdown by anticipated expenditure

           378 commitments
 commitments    >   € 3.2
Scale of
by different
  Selected large commitments
 China: 'Cun Cun Tong' Project
   Villages Connected: The overall goal of this project is the realization
    of universal access to telephone service in the nearly 70,000
    villages having no telephone coverage.
 Egypt: The Million Book Project
   Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and its partners are working together
    to demonstrate the project’s feasibility by digitizing one million
    books within three years and publishing them as a searchable
    collection on the internet. All project partners are providing content
    to ensure that the collection is extensive, diverse and multilingual.
 Pan African E-Network Project
   The network should connect all 53 countries of the African Union to
    provide effective communication and connectivity among these
Selected commitments
Int’l and regional organisations
 European Union: GEANT2
   The European Union supports a broader policy to ensure the global reach of
    research and education networks. It includes also the launching of concrete
    initiatives to support developing regions in the world, in particular the
    Mediterranean rim, Latin America and Asia via the projects EUMEDconnect,
    ALICE and TEIN2, respectively.

 ITU: “Connect the World”
   Multi-stakeholder partnership launched in 2005 to work towards connecting
    the estimated 800’000 villages worldwide still without ICTs.

 World Bank: Africa Regional Initiative
   Regional Communications Infrastructure Program in East and Southern
    Africa is an investment and Technical Assistance (TA) project in support of
    the liberalization of telecommunication markets in Eastern and Southern
    African countries and the development of a modern fiber-optic backbone to
    connect these countries to each other and the rest of the world.
Selected commitments
Business Sector Entities
 INTEL Corporation: Intel Teach to the Future
    Intel Corporation will train an additional 10 million teachers in developing
     nations over the next five years in the use of technology to enhance
     learning. Intel also will donate 100,000 PCs to classrooms in developing
     nations in order to improve learning skills.
 Microsoft:
    Canada’s IDRC, Microsoft Corp and the Swiss SDC announced the launch of, a collaborative initiative that will strengthen the capacity of
     tens of thousands of community-based telecentres around the world.
 Sentech: Digital Terrestrial Television
  Broadcasting in South Africa
    Digitisation of the Television Broadcasting infrastructure will enable
     systems to seamlessly carry broadcasting, data and voice content
     efficiently. Digital television broadcasting and, more specifically, digital
     terrestrial broadcasting, opens up many possibilities for providing universal
     access on a very broad basis.
Selected commitments
Civil Society Entities
 Village Phone Replication Manual
  Grameen Foundation USA
   GFUSA is working to spread the successful Village Phone model throughout the
    developing world with the release of its Village Phone Replication Manual. The manual,
    which draws from the experiences of Village Phone in both Bangladesh and Uganda,
    provides a blueprint for bringing affordable, accessible telecommunications service to
    poor, rural areas through microfinance.

 New Arabic Development Portal
  Development Gateway Foundation
   Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) and the Development Gateway Foundation will unveil plans
    for a new Arabic language web portal on development. The portal aims to address the
    existing shortage of development information for the Arab World.

 'One Dollar for Development'
  FORMIT Foundation
   The ODFD initiative aims at making available at no cost e-Government applications
    owned by developed countries to developing countries by encouraging North-South and
    South-South cooperation as an effective contribution to development and as a means to
    share and transfer good practices and technologies.
WSIS Stocktaking
   Ongoing process
   Collaborative database
   Online questionnaire
   More than 2’600 projects registered
   Basis for future evaluation
   Report on Stocktaking published at Tunis Summit

WSIS Stocktaking: Future
 Tunis Agenda, paragraph 120

   “The sharing of information related to the implementation of WSIS
    outcomes is an important element of evaluation. We note with
    appreciation the report on the Stocktaking of WSIS-related activities,
    which will serve as one of the valuable tools for assisting with the
    follow-up, beyond the conclusion of the Tunis Phase of the Summit,
    as well as the “Golden Book” of initiatives launched during the Tunis
    phase. We encourage all WSIS stakeholders to continue to contribute
    information on their activities to the public WSIS stocktaking
    database, maintained by ITU. In this regard, we invite all countries
    to gather information at the national level with the involvement of all
    stakeholders, to contribute to the stocktaking.”

WSIS Stocktaking: Future
 Tracking progress made in building the
  Information Society
 Maintaining and improving the
  Internet-based Stocktaking Database
 Encouraging all WSIS stakeholders to submit and
  update descriptions of projects
 Establishing the necessary
  links to moderators/facilitators to share and
  exchange information efficiently
WSIS Stocktaking: Future
 Raising awareness of the content of the
  database among all WSIS stakeholders
  through greater information and publicity
 Developing analytical tools and materials
  emphasizing countries’ experiences and best
 Publication of future editions of the
  Stocktaking Report to present the efforts of all
  stakeholders in WSIS implementation

        ICT Success Stories
 Interactive portal highlighting best
  practices in the ICT sector
 Requested in the Plan of Action (para 28e)
 Web Portal components
   - Database with more then 600 success stories
   - Resources on ICT for development
 Criteria for project selection
   - Focus on developing countries, multi-stakeholder
     partnerships, successful outcome, innovative
     approach, cross-sectoral-sector, targeting
     vulnerable groups, etc

Thank you very much for
    Your attention!

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