WSIS Forum 2023 Program and Agenda

Program / Agenda

IEEE Thematic Workshop: Room B, Ground Floor, Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)
Monday, 13 March 2023 | 09:15-10:15 CET

Supporting the Transition to a Stronger, Greener, and Sustainable Future Through Standards and Best Practices

What are standards developers and users doing today to address sustainability and climate change? There is a technological transformation underway that inspires pioneering opportunities and encourages evolutionary innovation. Global standards leverage these advancements using the application of ethical design criteria for products and services and take into consideration the need to consider today’s challenges in support of a globally sustainable and resilient future. In short, they provide a way forward in sustainable development.

This panel covered how technological innovations and the application of ethical design principles based on recognized international standards and best practices can be used to address the challenges being faced by stakeholders as they look to implement policies and recommend approaches that support a sustainable and resilient environment to meet the SDGs and address the climate change agenda.

The workshop focused on best practices and standards for addressing sustainability, environmental stewardship, and climate change challenges through a pragmatic lens – bringing in IEEE standard P7800™ for Addressing Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change Challenges in Professional Practice, and IEEE P7010.1™ on Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Social Development Goal (SDG) Action Implementation and Advancing Corporate Social Responsibility, as the framework for an open and interactive discussion. It included a focus on how stakeholders can leverage and use resources and communities to help hasten the achievement of the SDGs in an environment when more than ever breakthroughs on collaboration, collective action, communication, governance, and business model reforms are needed to be aligned with technologically sound solutions and innovations that can be adopted and practically deployed.

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IEEE Knowledge Café: 2nd Floor, Innovate Stage, Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)
Monday, 13 March 2023 | 12:30-13:45 CET

Beyond Strong Sustainability
Catalyzing a Planet Positive Future for Generations to Come

This interactive session explored opportunities to build a flourishing world that went beyond sustainability and built upon the UN SDGs and related declarations. Through a series of open discussions and activities, we shared with each other how we could go beyond traditional approaches and sustainability targets to provide a powerful, cultures-wide foundation for guiding the efforts of humans and caretakers of a flourishing planet.

As we step closer to 2030 and embraced and navigated the complexities in the pursuit of the SDGs and in addressing climate change and related challenges, there was a need to take into account the large diversity in culture, in local, regional, and global conditions and needs, and the varying contexts around the globe. This required flexibility and a diversity of approaches to creating a planet positive society. It also required practical guidance on decisions and the implementation of these decisions by individuals, communities, companies, organizations, and governments.

Through the lens of a set of principles that prioritized ecosystems and human flourishing, we explored what we needed to do then, how to get there, what was missing, and how we could measure change ideas and solutions that could be designed, innovated upon, and deployed to reach a Planet Positive by 2030–and, more so, catalyze a Planet Positive future for generations to come.

We encourage you to watch the On-Demand session, where the stage was set for the discussion and activities, and participant voices were prioritized as we collectively worked through challenges and concepts with innovation and imagination.

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Intervention During the High-Level Opening Segment Dialogue: Room D, CICG, 1st Floor
Tuesday, 14 March 2023 | 10:15-11:15 CET

Intervention During the High-Level Opening Segment Dialogue
Digital Cooperation and Partnerships for Inclusive Sustainable Development

This session discussed how essential an enabling environment at national and international levels is for the Information Society, and that ICTs should be used as an important tool for good governance.

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Session 4: On-Site Attendance
Tuesday, 14 March 2023 | 15:00-16:00 CET

High-Level Policy Session 3
Building Confidence and Security in the Use of ICTs

This session debated that in this digital age, trust is everything. Cybersecurity is crucial to ensuring universal, trustworthy, and equitable access to connectivity.

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Session 5: On-Site Attendance
Tuesday, 14 March 2023 | 16:00-17:00 CET

High-Level Policy Session 6
Digital Economy and Trade-Financing for ICT

This session considered how technology is supporting and changing how we organize our governing systems, economies, and cultures in unprecedented ways.

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Session 6: On-Site Attendance
Wednesday, 15 March 2023 | 17:00-18:00 CET

Closing of High-Level Policy Sessions

Summary by IEEE High-Level Track Facilitators: Closing Ceremony

Session 7: On-Site Attendance
Friday, 17 March 2023 | 15:15-16:15 CET

Closing Ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2023

IEEE Remarks during the WSIS Forum 2023 Closing Ceremony

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