ICC BASIS statement at UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) consultation on overall review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on the Digital Economy
    Publication date : 20/05/2011
    Ayesha Hassan, on behalf of the International Chamber of Commerce and its BASIS initiative, thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this consultation. As you know, ICC BASIS and its cross sectoral membership of businesses and associations from around the world have been active contributors throughout the Summits in Geneva and Tunis and in the post WSIS processes and forums.

    The WSIS and the post WSIS processes have proven the benefits of the inclusion of all stakeholders in discussing, implementing and progressing the WSIS goals and a people centred Information Society. All relevant stakeholders includes governments, business, civil society, the Internet technical community, international and intergovernmental organizations.
    We believe the process associated with this review of the WSIS outcomes should continue to include all relevant stakeholders on an equal footing and in a substantive manner. All stakeholders have been actively engaged in a broad range of activities, processes and forums which have and continue to implement the WSIS goals. Thus we believe a review of the outcomes will benefit from their full participation in all aspects.