First Phase Geneva


The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is held in two phases. The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003. The objective of the first phase was to develop and foster a clear statement of political will and take concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all, reflecting all the different interests at stake.

Reports from Geneva:

PrepCom-3 Geneva 

(15-26 September & Geneva, 10-14 November 2003)

Resumed session of "PrepCom-3A" (Geneva, 10-14 November 2003) Preparations of World Summit on the Information Society Speed Up 08-09-2003 (UNESCO/ITU) - Universal access to information, access to education, freedom of expression and cultural diversity are the four principles for future knowledge societies that are at the heart of UNESCO's message to the third meeting of the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS PrepCom-3), to be held in Geneva from 15-26 September 2003. IFLA preparation for the December 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)


(Geneva, 17-28 February 2003)

PrepCom-2, the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on the Information Society was held in Geneva, 17-28 February 2003. Library and information services are key actors in providing unhindered access to essential resources for economic and cultural advance. In doing so, they contribute effectively to the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom, safeguarding democratic values and universal civil rights. They encourage social inclusion, by striving to serve all those in their user communities regardless of age, gender, economic or employment status, literacy or technical skills, cultural or ethnic origin, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability. The communities they serve may be geographically based or, increasingly, linked only by technology and shared interests.


(Geneva, 1-5 July 2002)

The first meeting of the Preparatory Committee for WSIS PrepCom-1 took place in Geneva (Switzerland) from 1-5 July 2002.

WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society)

Last update: 4 November 2015