UNU-IIST Contributes to WSIS 2013 Forum


  • 2013•06•20     Geneva

    The UNU International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) contributed to last month’s World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva (13-17 May 2013) by (i) organizing a thematic workshop on “Technology-Enabled Governance Post-2015”, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and (ii) presenting at the session on “Measuring the WSIS Targets”, organized by the UN-wide Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.

    The “Technology-Enabled Governance Post-2015” workshop explored how technology-enabled governance can support post-2015 development and help overcome the limitations of the Millennium Development Goal framework. For instance, how it can contribute to advancing the four dimensions of post-2015 development (inclusive social development, inclusive economic development, environmental sustainability, and peace and security); ensuring a high level of policy coherence within and between dimensions; and improving the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of governance processes.

    The session on “Measuring the WSIS Targets” focused on the efforts, challenges and achievements, particularly by the UN Regional Commissions, in measuring the WSIS outcomes and tracking the targets identified by the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action and discussing the role of ICT and ICT measurement in the post-2015 UN development process. 

    In his presentation on “Measuring ICT for Development Post 2015”, Tomasz Janowski (head of the UNU-IIST Center for Electronic Governance) addressed four questions: Where is the current post-2015 development discussion? What is the place of ICT in the post-2015 development discussion/ What is the role of measurement in the post-2015 development discussion? And, what is the status and way forward for measuring ICT for post-2015 development?

    His presentation pointed out that while ICT is mentioned among other technologies and in combination with knowledge and innovation, it has not been introduced systematically in the post-2015 agenda. At the same time, ICT is directly mentioned among three out of four development dimensions, technology and knowledge are regarded as development enablers, and the agenda and the process leading toward it both heavily rely on the capabilities that require ICT support.

    In summary, Dr. Janowski recommended systematic introduction of ICT into the post-2015 agenda, either as a standalone development enabler or in combination with other enablers (such as governance). He also recommended disseminating ICT across the agenda to support different dimensions of development, to support cross-dimensional (sustainable) development, and to enhance and facilitate other development enablers.

    For more information and related WSIS links, see the “EGOV Center Contributes to the WSIS 2013 Forum” news story on the UNU-IIST website.