ITU Announced 18 Winners ,Including IIM Bangalore, of WSIS Prizes 2015

[Geneva] ITU Announced 18 winners Including IIM Bangalore,of the WSIS Prizes 2015
Secretary-General Houlin Zhao announced the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes 2015 at the WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which was held at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.
The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.
This year’s WSIS Project Prize winners include government departments+ international organizations+private sector companies+ NGOs + academia.
More than 300 projects were nominated for the 2015 contest, more than twice the number of nominations in 2014, reflecting the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies.
The awards are conferred through online voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders from around the world.
This year’s 18 winners are:
Action Line C1 The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Winner: Young Innovations, Nepal
Action Line C2 Information and communication infrastructure
Winner: Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mexico
Action Line C3 Access to information and knowledge
Winner: Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh
Action Line C4 Capacity building
Winner: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates
Action Line C5 Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy
Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Winner: Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan
Action Line C7 E-government
Winner: Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
Action Line C7 E-business
Winner: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
Action Line C7 E-learning
Winner: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
Action Line C7 E-health
Winner: FHI 360, United States of America
Action Line C7 E-employment
Winner: Ministry of Manpower, Oman
Action Line C7 E-environment
Winner: Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait
Action Line C7 E-agriculture
Winner: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands
Action Line C7 E-science
Winner: Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
Action Line C8 Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity
Winner: South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria
Action Line C9 Media
Winner: Radio Farm International, Canada
Action Line C10 Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Winner: Rwanda Media Commission, Rwanda
Action Line C11 International & regional cooperation
Winner: Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean

Future of Internet Governance Will Be Discussed In Sao Paolo from April 23-24, 2014:I T U

Future of Internet Governance Will Be Discussed In Sao Paolo from April 23-24, 2014.
Secretary-General Touré will represent United Nations on High Level Multi stakeholder Committee
ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré will join the High Level Multi stakeholder Committee (HLMC) as one of two representatives of the United Nations, alongside Wu Hongbo, Under Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
Chaired by Brazilian Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo Silva, the HLMC will be responsible for overseeing the overall strategy of the meeting and fostering the involvement of the international community. Comprising 26 members, including the two representatives appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Committee will be composed of Ministerial-level representation from 12 governments and 12 members of the multi-stakeholder community (three each from civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical community).Dr Touré praised Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for taking the initiative to further open and inclusive dialogue on efforts towards ensuring trust and confidence in the Internet, which is now recognized by countries worldwide as a critical resource for growth and ongoing socio-economic development.
“I welcome the responsibility of representing the UN system on the HLMC, alongside Under Secretary-General Wu of UNDESA,” said Dr Touré. “Today’s knowledge-driven Information Society has been built on the development and expansion of the Internet. I commend the pioneering vision and dedication of all stakeholders involved in the creation of this extraordinary resource, including the technical and academic communities and civil society.”
“Today’s Internet is a global public good, the value and utility of which can only be further developed and protected through the involvement and goodwill of all stakeholders,” Dr Touré continued. “As our physical and cyber worlds overlap, there is increased need for high-level dialogue that addresses emerging challenges, including the need to ensure that the Internet remains a secure space that supports human rights, economic development, rule of law and good governance.”
In 2003 and 2005, ITU worked alongside the entire UN family, the business community and civil society to organize the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. Each phase marked the culmination of many months of consultation and negotiations among as many as 20,000 participants from government, civil society, the private sector, academia and international organizations.
The world’s first truly open, inclusive multi-stakeholder global meeting on ICT policy, WSIS led to an internationally-negotiated working definition of ‘Internet governance’. It also succeeded in securing international consensus on a set of broad principles for the transparent and democratic management of this critical global resource. The forthcoming 10-year anniversary of WSIS is a key milestone and offers a unique opportunity for the world to take stock and review the implementation of the WSIS principles.
ITU welcomes Brazil’s timely efforts to facilitate a global dialogue on these important matters and looks forward to transparent, open, constructive and meaningful discussions that are inclusive of all nations and stakeholders, from developing and developed countries alike, with a view to ensuring a better, more secure Internet for all.