Monday, February 14, 2005

First Report from Geneva WSIS Prepcom

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Rik Panganiban,Communications Coordinator for the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, reports: "Today was the beginning of what could be a very looooong two-week Prepcom for the WSIS."

"The afternoon orientation sessions, chaired by CONGO, were mostly productive. The main session was an informational panel with Ambassador Karklins of Latvia, the chair of the Preparatory Committee; Charles Geiger, head of the WSIS executive secretariat; Moncef Achour, civil society liaison of the secretariat; and Markus Kummar, secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance."

"One of the key issues at this Prepcom will be the draft texts prepared by the Group of Friends of the Chair, including a declaration of principles and action sections. How governments receive the texts prepared by the Group of Friends of the Chair will be interesting to see, since they basically rejected a similar initiative by the former Chair Adama Sammassekou in the WSIS Phase I."

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