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2017 WSIS Prize: 345 nominated projects attract 1.1m votes

A record-breaking total of 1.1 million votes were cast for the 345 nominated projects between March 30 and April 30 2017 in the online voting process that resulted in the emergence of 90 exceptional Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) initiatives in this year’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prize, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as the sixth edition of the WSIS Prize contest, advances to conclusion.
Voters, ITRealms gathered, selected from a list of 345 ICT success stories nominated through a comprehensive review by the WSIS Prizes Expert Group from 467 submitted projects.

ITRealms reports that over 60,000 new members of the WSIS stakeholder community voted this year, and with this, ITU is proud to announce that the WSIS Stocktaking Platform has increased to 300,000 registered stakeholders.

This, ITU said, sets a new high for the level of global multi-stakeholder engagement, and implementation of WSIS Action Lines in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

ITRealms recollects that the WSIS Prize contest is open to all stakeholders including governments, businesses, civil society, international organizations, academia and others, which comprises 18 categories directly linked to the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action. This year's final list of 345 nominated projects represented a wide range of stakeholders.

Further reports by ITRealms showed that African region showcased 49 projects equals to 14.1 per cent;  Americas had 45 amounting to 12.9 per cent; Arab region had 78 worth 22.4 per cent; Asia and the Pacific had 88 resulting into 25.3 per cent;

Whereas Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) had 41 - 11.8 per cent; Europe had 42 which amounts to 12.1 per cent, and five international projects had 1.4 per cent; and by sector recorded 145 from governments - 41.7 per cent; 78 from businesses saw 22.4 per cent, just as 56 were from civil societies which had 16.1 per cent; 22 from international organizations - 6.3 per cent, and 47 projects from other entities - 13.5 per cent.

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