Q2/2020 - VII. United Nations Commission on Science and Technology Development (CSTD)
At the 23rd session of the CSTD, the annual report by the UN Secretary-General on progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was presented. In 143 paragraphs, the 22-page report describes in detail the numerous activities within the framework of the WSIS lines of action. The report notes that in the 15 years since the adoption of the Tunis Agenda, the global information society has changed dramatically. Many of the problems of the 2020s, such as social networks, cyber security or artificial intelligence, were not yet visible in 2005. Nevertheless, one constant in the rapidly changing context remains the WSIS call for the creation of a “people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented information society”. As regards Internet governance, the report recalls the recommendation of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) to continue the dialogue on this topic. The WGEC had ended its work in 2018 without any results. The report gives credit to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin. It also refers to the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (HLP) and draws attention to the WSIS Review Conference (WSIS+20) planned for 2025.