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Over 2,500 ICT4D stakeholders converge for SDGs @WSIS Forum 2017

Over 2,500 information and communication technology (ICT) experts and advocates from around the globe are taking part this week in the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 (WSIS Forum 2017), reports ITRealms.

Participants, ITRealms gathered would afford them to exchange knowledge and experiences towards achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ITRealms reports that WSIS Forum 2017 commenced Monday, June in Geneva, and expected to end by Friday this week.

The participants also ITRealms report, represents the world's largest annual multi-stakeholder gathering of the ICT for development community, and is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with all UN agencies.

The Chair-elect of this year's forum is Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, Government of Rwanda.


This year's forum will focus on sustainable development trends and inclusive ICT initiatives in key SDG priority areas such as health, education, gender empowerment, the environment, infrastructure and innovation. Participants are set to include at least 500 high-level policy-makers from 150+ countries, including government ministers and experts, civil society leaders, academics, business leaders and international organizations.

"The ICT community plays a paramount role in supporting the realization of the SDGs. The rich discussions and knowledge sharing among ICT for development stakeholders set to take place here at WSIS Forum 2017 will make great strides to leverage the power of ICTs for achievement of the SDGs," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

WSIS Forum has become a real demonstration of how the WSIS and SDGs processes are being aligned at the implementation level, building on the WSIS-SDG Matrix developed by UN WSIS Action Line Facilitators. An interactive mapping tool is available for the WSIS Forum 2017 Agenda to emphasize the linkages between the Action Lines and the SDGs identified by WSIS stakeholders in their respective sessions and workshops.

The WSIS Forum 2017 agenda features more than 200 specialized workshops covering a wide array of topics identified through a participatory process with WSIS stakeholders. This includes a Virtual Reality for SDGs special track bringing together high-level personalities, world class virtual reality experiences, and a focus on education. 

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