The WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals. Announcement: “Pursuing a first partnership in 2016, WSIS and World VR Forum join forces to be at the forefront of Virtual Reality for advancing development. A shiny new Virtual Reality Track will be held at the WSIS Forum 2017 bringing together high-level personalities, world class VR experience and a very special focus on education.”
Board members Marlyn Tadros and Melissa Dailey have attended the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55), 1-10 February 2017“. The conference’s topic was “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world were invited to attend the CSocD55.
Concluding its fifty-fifth session on 10 February 2017, the Commission for Social Development approved without a vote three draft resolutions for adoption by the Economic and Social Council that addressed issues of African development, youth and the rights of persons with disabilities.
Among the three texts approved today was one on the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (document E/CN.5/2017/L.5), which would have the Council welcome progress by African Governments to implement the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, notably by deepening democracy, human rights, good governance and sound economic management.
The Syria workshop took place in Hataya, Turkey on the border with Syria. Virtual Activism was asked to organize the workshop by an NGO on Security online. Participants were refugees from Syria and primarily from Aleppo, and it took place in December 2013.