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UNGIS: United Nations Group on the Information Society

UNGIS’ objective is to develop extensive collaboration and partnerships among the CEB members in order to contribute to the achievement of the WSIS objectives, to help to maintain ICT-related issues as well as science and technology at the top of the UN Agenda and finally to mainstream ICT for Development issues in the mandate of CEB members.


Photo of Mr António Guterres, UN Secretary-GeneralMr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Photo of Mr. Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-GeneralMr. Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General

• ITU (Chair)
• UNESCO (Vice Chair)
• UNCTAD (Vice Chair)
• UNDP (Vice Chair)
• UNECA (Vice Chair)


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UNGIS at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019


Side Event: “Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships for SDG achievement”
[Aligning WSIS process with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development]

11 July 2019, 13:15 – 15:15
United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation
304 East 45th Street, 11th Floor, FF-1140, New York

A side event hosted by Saudi Arabia and with the engagement of United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Stakeholders

ICTs are now integral to how people in many parts of the world live and work and are transforming societies and economies. Their potential to address complex and interconnected development challenges is also now widely recognized.

However, more needs to be done to fully leverage the potential of ICTs, and new and emerging technologies in general, to advance sustainable development through the digital transformation of societies and economies. This is particularly pressing as the digital revolution moves forward at an uneven pace around the world, increasing the digital divide. One of the main challenges of this digital and knowledge divide is the growing disparities in both the hard components (such as ICT infrastructure) and the soft components (such as policy, content and capacity development, including digital access and digital literacy) at the same time. As more advanced economies develop and deploy frontier technologies (such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, or the Internet of Things), many Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) do not have the necessary investment in capacities and access, including content in local languages on the Internet, infrastructure and use, especially in rural areas. This is a challenge that needs to be addressed to achieve the inclusive, more equal world envisioned in the 2030 Agenda, and requires increased cooperation called for by the UN Secretary General.

In this context, and in response to the UNSG’s call as well as to the imperative framed by SDG 17, cooperation must be further reinforced to ensure that technological progress is even across all regions and benefits all. This side event will highlight good practices at the national, regional, and international level in the field of digital transformation and global partnerships to achieve the SDGs. The side event will also reflect on the WSIS-SDG matrix, which underlines the role that ICTs can play in achieving Agenda 2030.

 • Flyerpdf

 • Agenda pdf

 • Summary Reportpdf

 • Technical Meeting Summarypdf


UNGIS Input to the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019

UNGIS Input to the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2019

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

UNGIS reiterates its commitment to advance collaboration and partnerships to help propel and accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by leveraging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

UNGIS Input to HLPF 2019 pdf


UNGIS Focus for 2017-2018/19
  • WSIS Forum 2018:

    • UNGIS High-level Leaders Breakfast

    • UNGIS Working Level Meeting

  • UNGIS Contributions to the High Level Political Forum 2018 Highlighting the Linkages between the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs

  • UNGIS Members, led by the Chair and Vice Chairs are also currently following up on the Para 12 of the UNGA Resolution A/RES/70/125 “… United Nations entities facilitating the World Summit on the Information Society action lines requested to review their reporting and work plans to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”


UNGIS Meeting @ UNGA WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting

Chief Executives Board Joint Statement to the United Nations General Assembly

Chief Executives Board Joint Statement to the United Nations General Assembly on the Overall Review of the Implementation of World Summit on the Information Society Outcomes

On the occasion of the WSIS+10 High-Level Event the Chief Executive Board, composed by all heads of UN System, has endorsed a Joint Statement reaffirming the important role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a critical enabler for advancing the globally agreed development goals and pledge their collective support for the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes.

Chief Executives Board Joint Statementpdf


UNGIS Meeting @ UNGA WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting

UNGIS Announcement at WSIS Forum 2015

UNGIS welcomes the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs Matrix

UNGIS Joint StatementAt its annual gathering at the WSIS Forum 2015, the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) welcomed a new tool developed by a number of United Nations agencies to map how information and communications technologies (ICTs) may contribute to the implementation of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The mapping exercise describes the interfaces between the Action Lines adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with the proposed SDGs. The matrix was developed by the various facilitators of the Action Lines, under their respective mandates, with the aim of identifying where the potential for ICTs to promote and realize the development goals is the greatest.

Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of ITU and the outgoing Chair of UNGIS (2014-2015) congratulated the UN family for the excellent achievement and thanked them for great collaboration on the WSIS Action Lines and SDG Matrix while stressing: “ITU was pleased to coordinate this effort and I hope that the Matrix will serve as an easy reference for stakeholders engaged in shaping the future of both, the SDGs and the WSIS processes beyond 2015”

Mr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD and newly appointed Chair of UNGIS (2015-2016) noted in a comment: "This exercise has illustrated the value of different parts of the United Nations working together. Once the matrix has been finalized, it will serve as a basis for recommending ways for information and communications technologies to help accelerate progress towards implementing the SDGs."

UNGIS encourages all WSIS Stakeholders to review the Matrix and provide feedback so that it can be finalized immediately after the SDGs have been formally adopted by Member States in September 2015.

Comments on the Matrix should be sent to before 31 July 2015.


UNGIS Announcement at WSIS Forum 2013

UNGIS Joint Statement: A collective contribution by 30 UN Agencies (UNGIS Members) to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNGIS Joint StatementIn keeping with its mandate to promote policy coherence and programme coordination in the UN system, as well as provide guidance on issues related to information and communications technologies (ICTs) in support of internationally agreed development goals, the 30 members of the UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) will respectfully submit a joint statement to the UN Secretary General and the UN Task Team. The statement is a collective contribution to the dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a unified effort to harness inter-agency expertise and experience to support deliberations on Post-2015 priorities, and a united commitment to a UN community poised to address development challenges in the 21st century.

UNGIS Joint Statement for discussion at the UNGIS Substantive Session is available below

Englishpdf  •  Françaispdf  •  عربيpdf

• Response from Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Plannnig, to the the UNGIS Joint Statement on the post-2015 Development Agendapdf


UNGIS @ Rio+20

Rio+20 From the 20 - 22 June 2012, world leaders will meet in Rio de Janeiro to establish the framework for a sustainable future at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Following its mandate to facilitate the implementation of WSIS outcomes, UNGIS has been following and supporting the Rio+20 process to ensure that ICTs are recognised as a foundation for sustainable development and that the existing WSIS process is recognized as the platform to address issues raised by ICTs.

Rio+20 Read our contribution to the Rio+20 preparatory process here and join us in Room P3-6 at RioCentro, Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 17 June from 17:30 to 19 for the UNGIS side event:

ICTs, the foundation of our sustainable future

To find out more about this event visit the ITU website.

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UNGIS Focus for 2011-2012
  • Undertake follow-up to the CEB decision with regards to the Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)

  • Organize a joint UNGIS input to the Rio + 20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (4-6 June 2012)

  • Organize a joint UNGIS session at UNCTAD XIII Conference in Doha, Qatar

  • Identify UN processes and events relevant to the UNGIS mandate and ensure preparation of the UNGIS position paper(s) in timely manner to ensure advocacy on use of ICTs

  • Establish regular interactions with other UN interagency groups (UNDG, inter agency Task Force on MDGs) and establish a reporting mechanism to HLCP.

  • Mapping ICT-related projects of UNGIS members through the WSIS Stocktaking database link

  • Enhance collaboration and information sharing through the online platform of WSIS communities link

  • Continue joint initiatives on :

    • Open Access to Scientific Information (OASI)

    • Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) reviews

    • Mobile for Development (MfD).

  • Cooperate with the Partnership for the Measuring of ICT for Development

  • Raise awareness about UNGIS


Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the Implementation of the
WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)

Open Consultation Process on Overall Review of the Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10) The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/252 resolved to conduct an overall review of the implementation of the Summit outcomes in 2015. The ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 172 (PP-10) on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS, including the possibility of holding a high-level event in 2014/2015 has requested ITU Secretary General to initiate the preparatory process at the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB). Consequently CEB tasked UNGIS to prepare, on the basis of an open consultation, an Action Plan to organize high-level meeting on the WSIS Review. The Action Plan would be presented to the CEB meeting in April 2012, and would take into consideration the strong support of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development served by UNCTAD.

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UNGIS activities towards WSIS objectives

Moibile for DevelopmentUNGIS Contribution to the RIO+20 Preparatory Process

Following on the recommendations of its 7th meeting that took place in Geneva last May, UNGIS agreed to present a joint contribution to the preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20). In response to the call for contributions by the RIO+20 secretariat, UNGIS has prepared a contribution highlighting the relevant aspects of ICTs and Information Society to help achieve a green economy and sustainable development.

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Moibile for DevelopmentUNGIS Joint Initiative on Mobile for Development

This initiative was introduced during the seventh UNGIS Working Level meeting in May 2011. The objective of this initiative is to identify key policy initiatives and add value to the existing programmes and projects by facilitating synergies and joint efforts in order to maximize coordinated action, coherence and effectiveness towards implementing successful Mobile for Development Projects.

UNGIS Joint Initiative on Mobile for Development Session, 9:00 - 9:30, 26 October 2011, ITU Telecom World 2011

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Open ConsultationsActivities undertaken by UNGIS members in implementing the WSIS outcomes 

The WSIS stocktaking provides the opportunity to search for the actions carried out by the members of the United Nations Group on the Information Society...

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About UNGIS Minimize

In April 2006, UNGIS (United Nations Group on the Information Society) was endorsed by the UN-Chief Executives Board (CEB) as the new inter-agency mechanism with the main objective to coordinate substantive and policy issues facing the United Nations’ implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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