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In 2001, the ITU Council decided to hold the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and in Resolution 56/183, the United Nations' General Assembly endorsed the framework for the Summit adopted by the ITU Council.

The first phase of the Summit was held in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003, with the second, concluding part to be held in Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005.

The WSIS Declaration of Principles state that strengthening the trust framework, including information security and network security, authentication, privacy and consumer protection, is a prerequisite for the development of the Information Society and for building confidence among users of ICTs.

In order to achieve this, a global culture of cybersecurity needs to be actively promoted, developed and implemented in cooperation with all stakeholders and international expert bodies.

A fundamental role of ITU, following the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the 2006 ITU Plenipoten- tiary Conference is to build confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Heads of states and government and other global leaders participating in WSIS as well as ITU Member States entrusted ITU to take concrete steps towards curbing the threats and insecurities related to the information society.

On 17 May 2007, ITU launched the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda to provide a framework within which the international response to the growing challenges to cybersecurity can be coordinated and addressed. GCA benefits from the advice of a High Level Experts Group (HLEG) composed by world-renowned specialists in cybersecurity, representing expertise from across a broad range of backgrounds in policy-making, government, academia and the private sector.

WSIS Forum 2009

ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP are pleased to invite you to the WSIS Forum 2009 to be held from 18 to 22 May 2009, at the ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is a result of the open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders.

The Forum will offer participants a series of diverse meetings, including

You will have structured opportunities to network, to learn and to participate in the multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on the WSIS implementation.

In case you are the WSIS Stakeholder and you are interested in organizing a session or having your kick-off meeting for a new initiative or ongoing project, please do not hesitate to contact WSIS Team at wsis-info@itu.int.

In order to ensure broad participation of the WSIS Stakeholders in the meeting the live web-casting will be provided. For High Level Panels video and audio web cast will be available, for other meetings audio only.

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