¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Outcome Document of the High-Level HighLevel Meeting of the General Assembly on the OverallReview of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes [Suggested for Closure]Draft Outcome Document – 7 December 2015Preamble
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 1.Recalling the request in paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society to the General Assembly to undertake the an overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2015, and in this regard reaffirming the centrality role of the General Assembly to this process processand also that the General Assembly, in its resolution 68/302 of 31 July 2014, decided that the overall review would be concluded by a two-day high-level twoday highlevel meeting of the General Assembly, preceded by an intergovernmental preparatory process that also meaningfully takes into account inputs from all relevant WSIS stakeholders; [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 2.Welcoming the constructive and diverse inputs from governments, the private sector, civilsociety, international organizations, the technical and academic communities, and all otherrelevant stakeholders, in taking stock of the progress made in the implementation of theoutcomes of the WSIS and addressing potential information and communication technology(ICT) gaps and areas for continued focus, as well as challenges, including bridging digitaldivides and harnessing ICT for development;
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 3. Building on, among other relevant inputs, the ten-year tenyear WSIS reviews conducted by theCommission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in May 2015; 2015, and itsoutcome document “Implementing WSIS Outcomes, a TenYear Review”; the UNESCO-hostedUNESCOhosted multistakeholder conference WSIS+10 Review Event Towards Knowledge Societiesfor Peace and Sustainable Development, held in February 2013, and its outcomes; final statement,“Information and Knowledge for All: An Expanded Vision and a Renewed Commitment”; andthe multistakeholder WSIS +10 High Level Event hosted coorganized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTADand UNDP in June 2014, including and its outcomes; [Suggested outcomes the WSIS+10 Statement on the Implementationof WSIS Outcomes and the WSIS+10 Vision for Closure] WSIS Beyond 2015 adopted by consensus.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 4. Reaffirming its resolution 70/1 of 25 September 2015, entitled “Transforming our world: the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which adopts a comprehensive, far-reaching farreachingand peoplecentred peoplecentred set of universal and transformative Sustainable Development Goals andtargets, its commitment to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by2030, its recognition that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, includingextreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement forsustainable development, its commitment to achieving sustainable development in its threedimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner,and building upon the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and seeking toaddress their unfinished business. (Paragraph 2 of Agenda 2030)[Suggested for Closure]
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 5. Reaffirming its resolution 69/313 of 27 July 2015 on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supports and complements it and helps tocontextualize its means of implementation targets with concrete policies and actions, and re-affirmedreaffirmed the strong political commitment to address the challenge of financing and creatingan enabling environment at all levels for sustainable development in the spirit of globalpartnership and solidarity. (Paragraph 62 ofAgenda 2030 and Paragraph 1 of Addis Ababa Action Agenda) [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 6. We reaffirm our common desire and commitment to the WSIS vision to build a people-centredpeoplecentred, inclusive and development-oriented developmentoriented Information Society, where everyonecan create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals,communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainabledevelopment and improving their quality of life, premised on the purposes and principles ofthe Charter of the United Nations, and respecting fully and upholding the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 7. We further reaffirm our commitment to the Geneva Declaration of Principles, the GenevaPlan of Action and its Action Lines, the Tunis Commitment and the Tunis Agenda for theInformation Society, and we recognize the need for governments, the private sector, civilsociety, international organizations and all other relevant stakeholders to continue to worktogether to implement the WSIS vision beyond 2015. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 8. We moreover reaffirm the value and principles of multi-stakeholder multistakeholder cooperation andengagement that have characterized the WSIS process since its inception, recognising recognizing thateffective participation, partnership and cooperation of governments, the private sector, civilsociety, international organizations, the technical and academic communities, and all otherrelevant stakeholders, within their respective roles and responsibilities, especially withbalanced representation from developing countries, has been and continues to be vital indeveloping the Information Society. [Suggested forClosure]
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 9. We welcome the remarkable evolution and diffusion of ICTs, underpinned by thecontributions of both public and private sectors, which have seen penetration into almost allcorners of the globe, created new opportunities for social interaction, enabled new businessmodels, and contributed to economic growth and development in all other sectors, whilenoting the unique and emerging challenges related to the evolution and diffusion of ICTs.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 10. We recognize that increased ICT connectivity, innovation, and access have played a criticalrole in enabling progress on the Millennium Development Goals, and we call for closealignment between the WSIS process and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,highlighting ICT’s cross-cutting crosscutting contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)and poverty eradication, and noting that access to ICTs has also become a developmentindicator and aspiration in and of itself.
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 11. We express concern, however, that there are still significant digital divides, such as between and within countries and between women and men, which need to be addressed through,among other actions, strengthened enabling policy environments and internationalcooperation to improve affordability, access, education, capacity-building capacitybuilding, multilingualism,cultural preservation, investment and appropriate financing. Further, we acknowledge that agender divide exists as part of the digital divides, and encourage all stakeholders to ensure the full participation of women in the information society and women’s access to the newtechnologies, especially ICTs for development. [Suggestedfor Closure]
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 12. We acknowledge that particular attention should be paid to address the unique andemerging ICT challenges facing all countries, in particular developing countries, includingAfrican countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small islanddeveloping states States, middle-income and middleincome countries, as well as countries and territories under[foreign] foreign occupation, countries in situations of conflict, postconflict countries and countriesaffected by conflict or natural disasters. Particular attention should also be paid to address the specificICT challenges facing children, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenouspeoples, refuges refugees and internally displaced people, migrants and remote and ruralcommunities.
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 13. [We recognize that the Internet is a global resource that must be managed in an open and inclusivemanner, which serves the public interest. We further reaffirm that the international management ofthe Internet governance should be multilateral, transparent and democratic, with continue to follow the provisions set forth in the full involvementoutcomes of Tunisgovernments, private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academiccommunities, international organizations and all other relevant stakeholders Geneva.]14. We further recognize moreover reaffirm that to achieve the WSIS vision, the same rights that people have offline must also be protectedonline. We emphasise that progress towards the WSIS vision should be considered not onlyas a function of economic development and the spread of ICTs but also as a function ofprogress with respect to the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 15. Building confidence and security in ICT the use of ICTs for sustainable development should alsobe a priority, especially given growing challenges, including the abuse of ICTs for harmfulactivities from harassment to crime to terrorism.
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16. We reiterate our commitments to the positive uses of the Internet and other ICTs and to takeappropriate actions and preventive measures, as determined by law, against abusive usesof ICTs as mentioned under the Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society of theGeneva Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action.
We also recognize the importance ofethics as set out in Action Line C10 in building the information society and strengthening therole of ICTs as enablers of development.1. ICT for Development15 17. We commit to harnessing the potential of ICTs to achieve the 2030 Agenda for SustainableDevelopment and other internationally agreed development goals, noting that ICTs canaccelerate progress across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) SDGs. We accordingly call on on all governments, the privatesector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities, and all other relevant stakeholders stakeholders to integrate ICTs in their implementation approaches tothe SDGs, and request United Nations entities facilitating the WSIS Action Lines to reviewtheir reporting and work plans to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
¶ 17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 16 18. We recognize with satisfaction that the last decade’s considerable increases in connectivity,use, creation, and innovation have created new tools to drive poverty eradication andeconomic, social, and environmental betterment and poverty eradication. For example, fixed and wirelessbroadband, mobile Internet, smartphones and tablets, cloud computing, open data, socialmedia and big data were only in their early stages in at the time of Tunis Agenda, and are nowunderstood to be foundational contributors to significant enablers of sustainable development. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 17 19. We reaffirm that the spread and use of ICTs must continue to be a core focus and outcomeof the WSIS process. We are highly encouraged that the number of mobile phonesubscriptions is estimated to have risen from 2.2 billion in 2005 to 7.1 billion in 2015, andthat by the end of 2015, 3.2 billion people are expected to be online, over 43 per cent of thetotal world population and of which 2 billion are from developing countries. We also notethat fixed broadband subscriptions have reached a penetration rate of almost 10 per cent, ascompared to 3.4 per cent in 2005, and that mobile broadband remains the fastest growingmarket segment, with continuous double-digit doubledigit growth rates and an estimated globalpenetration rate of 32 per cent, or four times the penetration rate recorded just five yearsearlier.
¶ 19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 18 20. We note that the digital economy is an important and growing part of the global economy, and that ICT connectivity is correlated with increases in GDP. ICTs have created a newgeneration of businesses, innovators, and jobs, and, while altering and making obsoleteothers, have also generally increased the efficiency, market access, and ingenuity of allsectors. We recognize the critical importance of expanding the participation of all countries,particularly developing countries, in the digital economy. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 19 21. We also recognize that ICTs are contributing to higher levels of social benefit and inclusion,providing new channels among citizens, businesses and governments to share andaugment knowledge, as well as participate in decisions that affect their lives and work. Asenvisioned by the WSIS Action Lines, we have seen ICT-enabled ICTenabled breakthroughs ingovernment, including the provision of public services, business, education, health,employment, agriculture and science, among others, allowing greater numbers of people access toservices, and data that might previously have been out-of-reach outofreach or unaffordable. At the same time, we
¶ 21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 22. We simultaneously recognize that ICTs are fundamentally altering the way individuals andcommunities interact, consume, and spend their time, with new and unforeseen health andsocial consequences, many of which are positive, and some of which raise concerns.
¶ 22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 20 23. We recognize that ICTs have become central important to disaster and humanitarian response andfurther reaffirm its their role to enhance in enhancing and develop multi-hazard developing multihazard early warning systems, preparedness, response, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. We also call for encouragegreater investments in innovation and technology development for long-term longterm, multi-hazard multihazardand solution-driven solutiondriven research in the field of disaster risk management. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 21 24. We recognize that ICTs are also increasingly a means to support the diversity of culturalexpression and the fast-growing fastgrowing cultural and creative industries, and we affirm thatcomprehensive, practical digital strategies are needed for the preservation of culturalheritage and access to recorded information in the digital environment in all its forms. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 22 25. We further recognise recognize that increasing use of ICTs both generates certain environmentalbenefits and imposes certain environmental costs, which we aim to reduce. We welcomethe opportunity afforded by sustainable energy to potentially decouple ICT growth fromcontributions to climate change, and we also note ICT’s catalytic value for deployingrenewable energy, energy efficiency, smart and resilient city concepts, and Internet-enabled Internetenabled delivery of services, among other abatement options. However, we recognize that we mustencourage further action to improve the resource efficiency of ICTs, and to reuse, recycle,and safely dispose of e-waste ewaste. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 23 26. Despite the last decade’s achievements in ICT connectivity, we express concern that manyforms of digital divides remain, both between and within countries – as well as betweenwomen and men. We note that divides are often closely linked to education levels andexisting inequalities, and we recognize that further divides can emerge in the future, slowingsustainable development. Indicatively, we acknowledge that, as of 2015, only around 43 percent of people globally have internet access, only 41 per cent of women have internetaccess, and an estimated 80 per cent of online content is available in only one of 10languages. The poor are the most excluded from the benefits of ICT. [Suggested for Closure, given new figures]
¶ 27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 24 27. We further express concern that digital divides remain between developed and developingcountries, and that many developing countries lack affordable access to ICTs. By 2015, only34 per cent of households in developing countries have internet access, with significantvariations by country, compared with more than 80 per cent in developed countries. Thismeans that 2/3 twothirds of the population residing in developing countries remain offline. [Suggested for Closure, given new figures]
¶ 28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 25 28. We affirm our commitment to bridging digital and knowledge divides, and we recognize thatour approach must be multidimensionalmulti-dimensional and include an evolving understanding of whatconstitutes access, emphasizing the quality of that access. We acknowledge that speed,stability, affordability, language, local content, and accessibility for persons with disabilitiesare now core elements of quality, and that highspeedhigh-speed broadband is already an essentialenabler of sustainable development. We moreover acknowledge that differences inindividuals’ capabilities to both use and create ICTs represent a knowledge divide thatperpetuates inequality. We note, too, the ambition to move beyond “information societies” to “knowledge societies”, in which information is not only created and disseminated, but put tothe benefit of human development. We recognize that divides may change withtechnological and service innovation, and we call on all stakeholders, particularly UnitedNations entities that are facilitating WSIS Action Lines, within their mandate and existingresources, to continue working together to regularly analyse analyze the nature of digital divides,study strategies to bridge them, and make their findings available to the internationalcommunity. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 26 29. We underscore the need for further development of local content and services in differentlanguages and formats that are accessible to all people, who also need the capabilities andcapacities, including media, information, and digital literacy skills to make use of and furtherdevelop ICTs. Accordingly, we recognize the vital importance of the principles ofmultilingualism in the information society to ensure the linguistic, cultural and historicaldiversity of all nations. We further recognize the value of the variety of interoperable andaffordable open-source ICT solutions, including such models as proprietary, opensource and freesoftware. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 27 30. We moreover call for a significant increase in access to ICTs and encourage allstakeholders to strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet to for all. Wewelcome the targets for the growth efforts of access, broadband for all,inclusiveness, innovation and partnerships stakeholders in ICTs pursuit of these goals, as adopted under including efforts beingundertaken in the Connect 2020 Agenda adopted at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in2014. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 29 32. We emphasize our concern that only 41% of women have internet access and drawattention to the gender digital divide, which persists in access to and use of ICTs, and also inICT education, employment and other economic and social development factors. Werecognize that ending the gender digital divide and achievement of SDG 5 on gender aremutually reinforcing efforts, and we commit to mainstream gender in the WSIS process,including through a new emphasis on gender in the implementation and monitoring of WSISAction Lines, with the support of relevant United Nations entities, including UN Women. Wecall for immediate measures to achieve gender equality in internet users by 2020, especiallyby significantly enhancing women’s and girls’ education and participation in ICTs, as users,content creators employees, entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. We reaffirm ourcommitment to ensure women’s full participation in decision-making decisionmaking processes related toICTs. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 34 Leave a comment on paragraph 34 0 30 33. We recognize that certain policies have substantially contributed to bridging digital dividesand ICT’s value for sustainable development, and we commit to continue identification andimplementation of best and emerging practices for the establishment and functioning of education, innovation, and investment frameworks for ICTs. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0 31 34. We recognize the importance of free flow of information and knowledge, as the amount ofinformation distributed worldwide grows and the role of communication becomes all themore important. We acknowledge that mainstreaming ICTs in school curricula; open accessto data; fostering of competition; creation of transparent, predictable independent, and non-discriminatorynondiscriminatory regulatory and legal systems; proportionate taxation and licensing fees;access to finance; facilitation of public-private publicprivate partnerships; multi-stakeholder cooperation; multistakeholder cooperation,national and regional broadband strategies; efficient allocation of spectrum; infrastructure-sharinginfrastructuresharing models; community-based communitybased approaches; and public access facilitieshave in many countries facilitated significant gains in connectivity and sustainabledevelopment. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 36 Leave a comment on paragraph 36 0 32 35. We recognise recognize that a lack of access to affordable and reliable technologies and servicesremains a critical challenge in many developing countries, particularly African countries,least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, middle-incomemiddleincome countries, as well as countries in situations of conflict, postconflict countries and territories under [foreign] occupation,and countries affected by conflict or natural disasters. All efforts should be deployed to reduce theprice of ICTs and broadband access, noting that deliberate interventions, including throughresearch and development and technology transfer on mutually agreed terms, may benecessary to spur lower-cost lowercost connectivity options.
¶ 37 Leave a comment on paragraph 37 0 33 36. In building the Information Society, States are strongly urged to take steps with a view to theavoidance of, and refrain from, any unilateral measure not in accordance with internationallaw and the Charter of the United Nations that impedes the full achievement of economicand social development by the population of the affected countries, and that hinders the well-beingwellbeing of their population.
¶ 38 Leave a comment on paragraph 38 0 34 37. We recognize that the radio frequency spectrum should be managed in the public interestand in accordance with principle of legality with full observance of national laws andregulations as well as relevant international agreements.
¶ 39 Leave a comment on paragraph 39 0 35 38. We call for a special focus on actions that improve the enabling environment for ICTs andexpand related education and capacity-building capacitybuilding opportunities. We also request CSTD withinits mandate related to the follow up to WSIS, and all Action Line facilitators within theirrespective mandates and existing resources to work with all stakeholders to regularlyidentify and promote specific, detailed actions to support the enabling environment for ICTsand development, as well as provide demand-driven demanddriven policy advice, technical assistance and capacity-buildingcapacitybuilding, as appropriate, to realize them. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 41 Leave a comment on paragraph 41 0 36 39. We welcome that total public and private spending on ICTs has increased substantially in the last decade, now reaching to the trillions of dollars annually, and has beencomplemented by a proliferation of new financing mechanisms, both results markingprogress on paragraphs 23 and 27 of the Tunis Agenda. [Suggested for Closure]
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37 40. We recognise recognize, however, that harnessing ICT for development and bridging digital divides willrequire greater and sustainable investment in ICT infrastructure and services, capacitybuilding, promotion of joint R&D and transfer of technology on mutually agreed terms. Thesemechanisms remain a primary focus for all countries and people, particularly in developingcountries. [Suggested forClosure]
38 41. We commit to efficient public resource allocation to ICT deployment and development,recognizing the need for ICT budgeting across all sectors, especially education. We stressthat capacity is a major barrier to closing digital divides, and we recommend that capacitydevelopment, including for innovation, should be emphasised to empower local experts andlocal communities to fully benefit from and contribute to ICT applications for development.We recognise recognize the potential to improve connectivity, especially in remote and rural areas,through universal service funds, publicly-fundednational backbones, and publiclyfunded network infrastructure, among other toolsparticularly in areas where market conditions make investment difficult. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 43 Leave a comment on paragraph 43 0 39 42. We note the commitments made under the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and recognise recognize thatofficial development assistance and other concessional financial flows for ICTs can makesignificant contributions to development outcomes, particularly where it can de-risk derisk publicand private investment, as well as increase the use ICTs to strengthen good governanceand tax collection. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 44 Leave a comment on paragraph 44 0 40 43. We recognise recognize further the critical importance of private sector investment in ICTinfrastructure, content, and services, and we encourage governments to create legal andregulatory frameworks conducive to increased investment and innovation. We recognise recognize theimportance of public-private publicprivate partnerships, universal access strategies and other approachesto this end. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 45 Leave a comment on paragraph 45 0 41 44. We also call for encourage a prominent profile for ICTs in the new technology facilitationmechanism established by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and for consideration of how itcan contribute to implementation of the WSIS Action Lines.
¶ 46 Leave a comment on paragraph 46 0 42 45. We note with concern the challenges in implementing the Digital Solidarity Fund, which waswelcomed in the Tunis Agenda as an innovative financial mechanism of a voluntary nature.We call for an ongoing evaluation of new innovative financing options in the annual review ofWSIS outcomes. [Suggestedfor Closure]
¶ 48 Leave a comment on paragraph 48 0 43 46. We reaffirm the commitment set out in the Geneva Declaration and the Tunis Commitment to the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelation of all human rights andfundamental freedoms, including the right to development as enshrined in the ViennaDeclaration. We also reaffirm that democracy, sustainable development, and respect forhuman rights and fundamental freedoms as well as good governance at all levels areinterdependent and mutually reinforcing. We further resolve to strengthen respect for therule of law in international as in national affairs.
¶ 49 Leave a comment on paragraph 49 0 44. 47 We recognize that human rights have been central to the WSIS vision, and that ICTs have contributedshown their potential to and strengthened strengthen the realization exercise of human rights, enabling access toinformation and new tools, freedom of expression, among other benefits and freedom of assembly and association.
¶ 50 Leave a comment on paragraph 50 0 45 48. We moreover reaffirm, as an essential foundation of the Information Society, and as recognisedrecognized in Human Rights Council resolution 26/13 and General Assembly resolution69/166, that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, including the right to privacy.
¶ 51 Leave a comment on paragraph 51 0 46 49. We note however, with concern, that there are concerns about serious threats to freedom of expression andplurality of informationin many parts of the world, and we call for the protection of journalists, media workers, and civilsociety space. We call on States to take all appropriate measures necessary to ensure theright to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and association,and the right not to be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, inaccordance with their human rights obligations.
¶ 52 Leave a comment on paragraph 52 0 5047. We reaffirm our commitment to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, thateveryone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and that this right includesfreedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. We further recall thosecommitments made under Article 19 by states that are party to the International Covenanton Civil and Political Rights. We underscore the need for respecting freedom of expression and the independence ofmedia. We believe that communication is a fundamental social process, a basic humanneed, and the foundation of all social organization, and is central to the Information Society.Everyone, everywhere should have the opportunity to participate, and no one should beexcluded from the benefits the Information Society offers. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 53 Leave a comment on paragraph 53 0 48 51. We emphasise recall General Assembly resolution 69/166, and in this context emphasize that noperson shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family,home, or correspondence, consistent with countries’ [applicable] obligations under international humanrights law, as recognized in General Assembly resolution 69/166. Accordingly, we call upon all States to review their procedures, practices andlegislation regarding the surveillance of communications, as well as their interception andcollection of personal data, including mass surveillance, with a view to upholding the right toprivacy as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the InternationalCovenant on Civil and Political Rights, as applicable for States that are party to the Covenant, by ensuringthe full and effective implementation of all their obligations under international human rightslaw.
¶ 54 Leave a comment on paragraph 54 0 49 52. We reaffirm our commitment to the provisions of Article 29 of the Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights, that everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and fulldevelopment of their personality is possible, and that, in the exercise of their rights andfreedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solelyfor the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of othersand of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in ademocratic society. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to thepurposes and principles of the United Nations. In this way, we shall promote an InformationSociety where human dignity is respected.3. Building Confidence and Security in the use of ICTs
¶ 55 Leave a comment on paragraph 55 0 50 53. We affirm that strengthening confidence and security in the use of ICTs is a prerequisite for the developmentof information societies and the success of ICTs as is a driver for economic and socialinnovation. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 56 Leave a comment on paragraph 56 0 51 54. We welcome the significant work done efforts by governments, the private sector, civil society, thetechnical community and academia to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs,including by the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations Commissionon Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime,the Open-Ended OpenEnded Intergovernmental Expert Group on Cybercrime, and the Group of GovernmentGovernmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information andTelecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE), among otherinternational, regional and national regional efforts. Computer Security Incident Response Teams have beenestablished around the world and there is growing collaboration between them at both regional andlocal levels
¶ 57 Leave a comment on paragraph 57 0 55. We recognise recognize the leading role for governments in cybersecurity matters related relating to nationalsecurity and the personal safety of their citizens, for which they have responsibility, and we. We further recognize the important roles and contributions of all stakeholders, intheir respective roles and responsibilities,to building confidence and security, especially in the development of technical solutions andinnovative approaches. We reaffirm that building confidence and securityin the use of ICTs should be consistent with human rights.
¶ 58 Leave a comment on paragraph 58 0 52 56. We reiterate the importance of ethics in establishing a safe, secure, tolerant and reliable cyberspaceand strengthening recognize the important role of ICTs as enablers of development, as emphasised in paragraph 43 of theTunis Agenda and mentioned under the Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society of the GenevaDeclaration of Principles and Plan of Action. We recognise the need for special emphasis on theprotection and empowerment of children online, incorporating regulatory, self-regulatory, and othereffective policies and frameworks. In this regard, governments, the private sector, civil society,international organizations and other relevant stakeholders should work together to help all childrento enjoy the benefits of ICTs in a safe and secure environment. The growing threats of online harassment, intimidation and abuse law, which are particularly aimed at women and girls, must also becomprehensively addressed.53. [We recognize the central importance of the principles enshrined in especially the United Nations Charter aswell as principles of international law applicable to,in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, particularly: sovereign equality; the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means insuch a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered; refraining intheir international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or politicalindependence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the UnitedNations; respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and non-intervention in the internalaffairs of other States. In this context, we and welcome the 2013 and2015 report reports of the Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field ofInformation and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE).]
¶ 59 Leave a comment on paragraph 59 0 54 57. However, we are concerned about certain and growing uses of ICTs that threaten securityand development benefits, including terrorism including the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes and cybercrime, and we acknowledge concerns that.We express the need for existing legal and enforcement frameworks may not have caught to keep up with thespeed of technological change and application. Furthermore, we note concerns that attack attacksagainst States, institutions, companies, other entities, and individuals are now beingundertaken through digital means. We reiterate our belief that a global culture ofcybersecurity needs to be promoted, developed, and implemented in cooperation with all stakeholders and international expert bodies in order to foster trust and security in theInformation Society.
¶ 60 Leave a comment on paragraph 60 0 55 58. We call for increased global on Member States to intensify efforts to build robust domestic security of and cooperation in combating cybercrime, including by terrorists theuse of ICTs, consistent with their international obligations and in tackling cyber-threats and cyber-attacks domestic law, such as through United Nations processes and tocooperate on transnational issuesincluding discussion forums, information-sharing, elaboration of national and internationalcybersecurity strategies, improved indices for measuring cybersecurity in the use of ICTs, including capacity building andcooperation on combatingcybersecurity standards and technical specifications. We reaffirm the importance of the prosecutionof cybercrime, including cybercrime committed in one jurisdiction, but having effects in another. Wefurther underline the necessity of effective and efficient tools and actions, at national andinternational levels, to promote international cooperation among, inter alia, law-enforcementagencies on cybercrime. We call upon governments in cooperation with other stakeholders todevelop necessary legislation for the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime, noting existingframeworks, for example, UNGA resolutions 55/63 and 56/121 on “Combating the criminal misuse of information technologies” ICTs; and [regional] initiatives including, but not limited to, preventing the Council use ofEurope’s Convention on Cybercrime. We recognise that approaches to cybersecurity should be fullycompatible with human rights technology, communications and fundamental freedoms resources for criminal or terrorist purposes.
¶ 61 Leave a comment on paragraph 61 0 56 59. [We We recognize the challenges that States, in particular developing countries, face in combating buildingconfidence and security in the use of ICT ICTs. We call for criminal purposes renewed focus in capacity building, including by terroristseducation, knowledge sharing and we commit to reinforce technicalassistance regulatory practice, promoting multistakeholdercooperation at all levels and capacity building activities to developing countries awarenessraising among users of ICTs, upon their request particularly among thepoorest and most vulnerable.]4. Internet Governance
¶ 62 Leave a comment on paragraph 62 0 57 60. [We We reaffirm paragraph 55 of the Tunis Agenda, and in this regard we recognize that theexisting arrangements have worked effectively to make the Internet the highly robust,dynamic and geographically diverse medium that it is today, with the private sector takingthe lead in daytoday operations, and with innovation and value creation at the edges.However, 4 billion representing twothirds of people residing in developing countries remainoffline.
¶ 64 Leave a comment on paragraph 64 0 62. We recognize paragraph 29 of the Tunis Agenda and that the governance management of the Internetas a global resource should be facility includes multilateral, transparent and, democratic and multistakeholderprocesses, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society,international organizations, technical and academic communities, and all stakeholders] other relevantstakeholders in accordance with their respective roles and responsibilities.
¶ 65 Leave a comment on paragraph 65 0 63. We reiterate the working definition of Internet governance set out in paragraph 34 of theTunis Agenda, as ‘the “the development and application by governments, the private sector andcivil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision makingprocedures and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet’ Internet.”
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6458. We reaffirm the principles agreed in the Geneva Declaration that the management of theInternet encompasses both technical and public policy issues and should involve allstakeholders and relevant intergovernmental and international organizations,
within theirrespective roles and responsibilities as set out in paragraph 35 of the Tunis Agenda. [We also
¶ 67 Leave a comment on paragraph 67 0 65. We take note of the work of specialized regionalInternet resource management institutions to manage their region’s Internet resources, whilemaintaining global coordination.]59. We welcome the successful hosting by Brazil of the NETMundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting onthe Future of Internet Governance in Sao Paulo on 23 and 24 April 2014. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 68 Leave a comment on paragraph 68 0 60 66. We recognise recognize that there is a need to promote greater participation and engagement inInternet governance discussions of governments, the private sector, civil society,international organizations, the technical and academic communities, and all other relevantstakeholders from developing countries, particularly African countries, least developedcountries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states, middle-income middleincomecountries, as well as countries in situations of conflict and territories under [foreign]occupation, postconflict countries andcountries affected by conflict or natural disasters. We call for strengthened stable, transparent, andvoluntary funding mechanisms to this end.
¶ 69 Leave a comment on paragraph 69 0 61 67. We recognise note the importance of the ongoing dialogue on net neutrality important regulatory and legislative processes in some Member States on theopen Internet in the context of the Information Society. [Suggested and the underlying drivers for it, andcall for Closure]62 further information sharing at the international level on the opportunities andchallenges.
¶ 70 Leave a comment on paragraph 70 0 68. We acknowledge the unique role of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a multistakeholderplatform for discussion of Internet governance issues. We support the recommendations ofthe report of the CSTD Working Group on improvements to the IGF, which were taken noteof by the General Assembly in its resolution 68/198, and we call for their acceleratedimplementation. We extend the IGF mandate for another 10 years with its current mandateas set out in paragraph 72 to 78 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society. Werecognize that during this period, the IGF should continue tomust show progress on outcomes, workingmodalities, and participation of relevant stakeholders from developing countries. We call onthe CSTD, within its current reporting, to give due consideration to fulfilment of its WorkingGroup report recommendations. [Suggested for Closure]4. 1. Enhanced Cooperation
¶ 71 Leave a comment on paragraph 71 0 63 69. We acknowledge that various initiatives have been implemented and some progress hasbeen made in relation to the concept of process towards enhanced cooperation, detailed in paragraphs69 to 71 of the Tunis Agenda to enable governments, on an equal footing, to carry out their roles and responsibilities, ininternational public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, but not in the day-to-day technical andoperational matters, that do not impact on international public policy issues. We note the reportsby the Secretary General on enhanced cooperation (A/66/77; E/2009/92) and the work of theWorking Group on Enhanced Cooperation of the Commission on Science and Technology forDevelopment. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 72 Leave a comment on paragraph 72 0 64 70. We note, however, persistent concerns divergent views held by some Member States that full relative to the process towardsimplementation of enhanced cooperation, as envisioned by the Tunis, has not been achieved Agenda. We call for strengtheningcontinued dialogue and work on implementing enhanced cooperation. We accordingly call on invitethe Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) throughthe ECOSOC to re-establish establish a working group to develop recommendations on how to furtherimplement the process of enhanced cooperation as envisioned by the Tunis Agenda, taking intoconsideration the work that has been done on this matter so far. The group, which shall beconstituted no later than July 2016 and, at the outset, will decide on its methods of work,including modalities to, and will ensure the full involvement of all relevant stakeholders, in order to provide a diversity of perspectives taking into account all their diverse views and expertise. [The The group will submit a report to the 73rd 21stsession of the General Assembly Commission on Science and Technology for Development for inclusion in theannual report of the CSTD to the ECOSOC,consideration and appropriate action] will serve as an input to the regularreporting of the SecretaryGeneral on WSIS implementation.5. Follow-up Followup and Review
¶ 73 Leave a comment on paragraph 73 0 65 71. We reaffirm that the ongoing implementation of WSIS outcomes will require the continuedcommitment and action of all stakeholders – including governments, United Nations agencies,international organisations, the private sector, civilsociety, international organizations, and the technical community and academia academic communities – and thatregular review of progress of the full set of WSIS action lines will be essential to achievingthe WSIS vision. [Suggested for Closure]
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66 72. We call for the continuation of annual reports on the implementation of WSIS outcomesthrough the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) to theEconomic and Social Council, taking into account the follow up and review of the 2030Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in this regard invite the High Level PoliticalForum to consider the annual reports of the Commission on Science and Technology forDevelopment. We encourage the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)members to contribute to these reports. [Suggested forClosure]
¶ 75 Leave a comment on paragraph 75 0 67 73. We also call for the continuation of the work of the UNGIS in coordinating the work of UnitedNations agencies, according to their mandates and competencies, and we invite UnitedNations Regional Commissions to continue their work in WSIS Action Line implementation,their contribution to the reviews thereof, including through regional reviews reviews.
¶ 76 Leave a comment on paragraph 76 0 68 74. We recognize that the WSIS Forum has been a valuable platform through which all stakeholders candiscuss and share best practices on the implementation of WSIS outcomes, and shouldcontinue to be held annually. [Suggested for Closure]
¶ 77 Leave a comment on paragraph 77 0 69 75. We call for increased efforts to improve the extent of data collection and analysis, includingquality of connectivity and the impact of ICTs on development, based on internationalstandards and definitions; the inclusion of ICT statistics in national strategies for thedevelopment of statistics and in regional statistical work programmes, and the strengtheningof local statistical capacity by assessing capacity needs and delivering targeted training onICT statistics. The activities of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development havemade a valuable contribution to data gathering and dissemination and should be continued. [Suggested
¶ 78 Leave a comment on paragraph 78 0 76. We acknowledge the importance of data and statistics to support ICT for Closure]70 development andcall for further quantitative data to support evidence based decision making, as well as forstrengthening local statistical capacity and targeted training by governments and all otherrelevant stakeholders. The activities of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Developmenthave made a valuable contribution to data gathering and dissemination and should be continued.
¶ 79 Leave a comment on paragraph 79 0 77. We recognize that, in the preparation of this review, a number of challenges andopportunities have been identified, requiring longer-term longerterm consultations to determineappropriate responses, and that the pace of the development of ICTs necessitates higher-levelhigherlevel consideration of progress achieved and future action. We accordingly agree [for forthe General Assembly] Assembly to hold a High Level Meeting on the overall review of theimplementation of WSIS outcomesInformation Society in [2020/2025] 2025, which involves the inputs and participation of allstakeholders, including in the preparatory process, and takes stock of progress on WSISoutcomes, as well as identifies both areas of continued focus and solutions to enduring and emerging challenges. Wedesignate encourage its outcome to be as an input into the review process of the 2030 Agenda forSustainable Development.