Invitation for Submissions to WSIS Prizes 2018!

World Summit on Information Society process continues to grow and develop towards WSIS Forum 2018 (19-23 March 2018) with the launch of the Open Consultation Process OCP on 19 September 2017 and NEW Call for WSIS Prizes 2018 being announced in early September. Having Caribbean Broadcasting Union participate will help ensure another breakthrough in numbers of important contributions, reporting on activities that have and will make significant impact on local, regional and global level in furthering information and knowledge societies.

We invite you to submit your ICT projects for the WSIS Prizes 2018 and use the opportunity to be globally recognized and awarded for you efforts in impacting the society.

It is very important that you disseminate this important information within your communities and networks, and urge them to contribute in shaping the future of information and knowledge societies by collecting and submitting as many ICT projects that are helping advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as possible. WSIS Prizes is your platform for international promotion of ICT activities and you should use it well to inform the global community about your work, find partners and add value to reaching SDGs by 2030.

The contest of WSIS Prizes is a unique recognition for excellence in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. The call for update and new entries 2017-2018 was launched on 11 September 2017.

All Stakeholders are invited to Submit entries online by 2 January 2018.

WSIS Prizes is an exceptional international contest developed in response to requests from the WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private-sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an enabler of the development. The WSIS Prizes contest is an integral part of the WSIS stocktaking process; set up in 2004 to assist WSIS implementation and follow-up. The contest was held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community.

You may find the Call for Submissions in all UN languages here:

[AR] – [ZH] – [EN] – [FR] – [RU] – [ES]

Building upon the outcomes of the United Nations General Assembly Overall Review on WSIS (Res. A/70/125) as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Res. A/70/1), the WSIS Prizes, facilitated by ITU in coordination with all WSIS stakeholders, the WSIS Prizes 2018 contest, while continuing to highlight progress made towards achieving the WSIS goals, will also continue to reflect to which of the newly proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the submitted projects are mostly linked to. All stakeholders are urged to encourage their networks to join the WSIS Prizes process, including the multistakeholder open consultation process for the WSIS Forum 2018, in order to ensure that all features correspond to the real needs of the WSIS implementation process towards 2025.

Please note the schedule of the contest below:

Phase I
SUBMISSION PHASE / 11 September 2017 – 2 January 2018
Deadline for last submission: 23:00 CEST.

Stakeholders are invited to submit WSIS related projects to the WSIS Prize 2018 contest.

Phase II
NOMINATION PHASE / 3 January – 12 January 2018

Review of submitted projects by the Expert Group and announcement of projects nominated for voting phase.

Phase III
VOTING PHASE / 12 January – 4 February 2018
Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 CEST.

Public Online Voting of Nominated Projects (identification of five projects per category with the highest number of votes).

Phase IV
SELECTION PHASE / 5 February – 9 February 2018

Selection of Winning Projects by the Expert Group.

Phase V
PRIZE CEREMONY / WSIS Forum 2018 (19 March – 23 March 2018)

Public announcement of winners during WSIS Prizes 2018 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2018, and the release of the WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2018 publication.

Please visit the WSIS Prizes 2017 website for more information on the Winners and Champions and their awarded projects. Subscribe to our newsletter WSIS Flash and follow us on social media channels Facebook Twitter Youtube

As we are approaching deadline for submission, it is of most importance that you address this matter appropriately. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us in case you need any additional information.

Best regards,

Vladimir Stankovic

WSIS, CSD

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Place des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva

Phone. +41227305877

Email. vladimir.stankovic@itu.int

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