WSIS PrepCom2, Tunis Phase
  17-25 February 2005, Geneva, Switzerland
 
 
  The second preparatory committee meeting for the second phase of the WSIS took place from 17 to 25 February at the UN Palace in Geneva, Switzerland. The days before were also busy with consultations on Internet governance.

Official information on PrepCom2: official PrepCom page 

News and Analysis from the PrepCom on www.worldsummit2005.org

25 February 2005 Vision lost or Back to Reality? PrepCom2 ends with long "to do" list
24 February 2005 PrepCom debate on Internet Governance and WGIG preliminary report
24 February 2005 Quo Vadis: Where do we go from Geneva?, by 'Gbenga Sesan
23 February 2005 Finance negotiations slow down, but agreement on Digital Solidarity Fund
23 February 2005 Conference on Freedom of Expression and the Information Society
22 February 2005 Follow-Up to the UN ICT Task Force discussed
22 February 2005 PrepCom debate on finance: Night session in Geneva
21 February 2005 Civil Society event on Financing the Information Society
20 February 2005 Prepcom II: Week I Wrap Up, by Rik Panganiban
18 February 2005 PrepCom2: Debate on financial mechanisms. Strong criticism by Southern governments
17 February 2005 Financing Debate Heats Up. Task Force Report critizised, but consensus emerging?
17 February 2005 What's next after Tunis phase?, by Johannes Schunter
16 February 2005 WGIG is finalizing stakeholder input for the upcoming closed debate
16 February 2005 Post-WSIS follow up process?, by Rik Panganiban
15 February 2005 What is "Internet Governance? Open consultations dominated by definition controversy
14 February 2005 Pre-Prepcom Ramblings and Rumblings, by Rik Panganiban

Civil Society NewsCivil Society Wiki (with infos on participants, schedules etc.)

Blogs: WSIS Blog Aggregator 
Rik Panganiban 
Robert Guerra (with mp3s from several civil society meetings)
Vittorio Bertola (week one) 
Markus Beckedahl (German, week one) 
Bruno Oudet (French) 
Andy Carvin (week two, also podcasting)
Terri Willard (only known female blogger)

PrepCom, WGIG, Civil Society and other meetings

  • Overview of all CS meetings, as of 18 February 2005
  • The civil society plenary will meet in the mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 in room XXII.
  • The civil society "content & themes" group will meet in the evenings from 18:00 to 19:00 in room XXII.
  • Room XXII has been assigned to CS meetings/Plenary for the entire PC2. Translation E/F/S will be provided.
  • Room 531 will serve as a permanent NGO office.
  • If you wish to reserve a meeting room, contact Adina Fulga Radi (CONGO WSIS CS Secretariat), <adinafulgaradi(at)yahoo.com>.

Meetings list, as of 14 February 2005

Monday, 14 February

  • 9:00-10:00: Civil Society Plenary, room XXII
  • 11:00-13:00: Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) meeting, open for silent observers, mainly reporting. Stream
  • afternoon: WGIG closed meeting
  • 14:00-16:00: Civil society orientation session, prepared by CONGONGLS and ICV, room XXII.
  • 16:30-19:00: civil society Caucuses and Working Groups meetings, room XXII (education, research, academia working group: room A.662, 6th floor, building A)

Tuesday, 15 February

  • 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00: Open consultations of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). Stream
  • 13:00-14:00: Civil Society Bureau meeting, room XXIII
  • 13:00-15:00: Civil Society meeting with WGIG members, hosted by Internet Governance Caucus, room XXII

Wednesday, 16 February

  • 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00: Open consultations of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). Stream
  • 10:00-123:00: European Caucus, room XXII
  • 13:00-15:00: CS Briefing on UN Millennium Summit + 5, room XXII
  • 13:00-15:00: CS Internet Governance Caucus, room XXIII
  • 15:00-16:00: WSIS press conference, Room III (UNOG)
  • 15:00-18:00: Workshop on Financing Mechanisms for ICT for Development (ICT4D), organized by APC, ITeM, CRIS Campaign, Pain pour Prochain (Bread for all), IT for Change (India), UNICT Task Force, with possible involvement by GKP and UNDP. Topics will be "new policy paradigms for ICT4D", "Global Public Goods as a policy rationale for financing ICT4D, "practical mechanisms for raising and co-ordinating finance for ICT4D". Contact: Sean O'Siochru, CRIS campaign, <sean(at)nexus.ie>, room XXII

Thursday 17 February

  • Morning: PrepCom Plenary: adoption of agenda, housekeeping and reporting (regional and other meetings). Stream
  • 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00: Closed meeting of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
  • 10:00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 10:00-12:00: Civil Society Bureau, room XXIII
  • 11.00-13:00: Civil Society in ICANN, room XXII
  • 13:30-15:00  Civil Society Finance Caucus, room XXII (open to all stakeholders)
  • Afternoon: General Debate, mainly on Financing. Stream
  • 14:00-14:45: meeting of intergovernmental bureau with civil society bureau. Issues: Format of the Summit etc.
  • 14:00-15:00: Press Conference: Reporters Without Borders presents its delegation of cyber-dissidents and bloggers. Charly's Multimedia Check Point, Rue de Fribourg 7. Please confirm your attendance at <internet(at)rsf.org> or ++33 (0) 144838484
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII
  • 15:00 - 18:00: "Information society and Human Rights" (organized by Human Rights Caucus), room XXII

Friday 18 February

  • all day: Subcommittee discussion of the Group of the Friends of the Chair (GFC) draft summit documents, beginning with finance chapter
  • 10:00-13:00, 15:00-18:00: Closed meeting of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
  • 10.00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 10:00-12:00: Civil Society Bureau, room XXIII
  • 11:00-13:00: Internet Governance after WSIS Deliberations, room XXII
  • 13:00-19:00: Obstacles to the free flow of information online, organized by Reporters without Borders, room A.662, building A, 6th floor
  • 13:15-14:45: panel session "Promoting WSIS: MDGs synergies", organized by the Swiss Development Cooperation and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, room XI, Palais des Nations.
  • 13:15-14:45: "(e-)learning about sustainable development : the GEO Data Portal", organized by UNEP/DEWA/Europe and GRID-Geneva, room XXII, Palais des Nations.
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII
  • 16:30-18:00: European Union meeting with Civil Society, room XVI
  • 15:00-17:00: World Federation of UN Associations, WSIS Task Force, room XXII

Monday, 21February

  • all day: Subcommittee discussion of the GFC political chapeau (first, second and fourth chapter)
  • room and time tba (probably lunchtime): first information session on Protocol and Security questions at the Tunis Summit, ITU Protocol Department (for missions only)
  • 10.00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 11:00-12:00: Civil Society Bureau, room XXIII
  • 13:15-14:45: Financing the Infromation Society in the South, organized by Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) and Third World Network (TWN), room XXIII
  • 13:15-14:45: ICT for Grassroots. Perspective from South Asia, organized by One World South Asia, room XXII
  • 15:00-18:00: Civil Society Internet Governance consultations, room XXII
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII
  • 17:00-18:00  Civil Society Finance Caucus, room XXII

Tuesday, 22 February

  • all day: Subcommittee discussion of the GFC political chapeau (first, second and fourth chapter)
  • 10:00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 10:00-12:00: "ICT for Peace", organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, room XXI
  • 11:00-12:00: Civil Society meeting on Cultural Sensitivity, room XXII
  • 14:00-16:00: Advocacy for ICT for Poverty Reduction in South Asia, room XXII
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII

Wednesday, 23 February

  • all day: Subcommittee discussion of the GFC political chapeau (first, second and fourth chapter)
  • 10.00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 10:00-11:00:  Civil Society Finance Caucus, room XXIII
  • 11:00-13:00: Civil Society meeting with WGIG members, hosted by Internet Governance Caucus, room XXII
  • 11:00-12:00: Civil Society Bureau, room XXIII
  • 13:15-14:45: Civil Society meeting with Private Sector, room XXII
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII

Thursday 24 February:

  • all day: subcommittee preliminary discussion on chapter three: Internet Governance
  • 10.00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 11:00-12:00: Civil Society meeting on Cultural Sensitivity, room XXII
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII

Friday, 25 February

  • PrepCom plenary: Report from subcommittee; dates for next PrepCom and an maybe an intersessional meeting; format of the summit
  • 10.00-11:00: Civil Society Youth Caucus, room XXII
  • 11:00-12:00: Civil Society Bureau, room XXIII
  • 13:00-15:00:  Civil Society Finance Caucus, room XXII (open to all stakeholders)
  • 15:00-16:00: Civil Society Working Group on Working Methods, room XXIII
  • Closing of the PrepCom meeting

Venue and Badges
PrepCom 2 will be held at the Palais des Nations, "Salle de l'Assemblée" , 3rd floor, building A, Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10.
In order to gain access to Palais des Nations all participants must pick up their badges at the registration desk located at the ITU Montbrillant building.  Access map
The badges will be available there from 14 February 2005 morning 9:00 onwards. You can therefore use these badges for the open consultations of the Working Group on Internet Governance, on 15 and 16 February in the Palais des Nations, and civil society participants can use the badge for meetings of civil society on 14 February.

Internet Access
It seems that the UN staff are more reluctant to set up wifi access in the Palais des Nations than in the Congress Center (where previous PrepComs took place). Apparently, the problem is that it would enable other meetings in the building to get wifi access - something that
is contrary to security norms of UN buildings. However, a larger cyber cafe will be set up. Only room XXII is equipped with wi-fi/WLAN. It is the room that will host the civil society plenary and a number of caucus meetings.


 
 
 
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