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World Summit on the Information Society: Norwegian Policy Statement

10.06.2014 // From 10 – 13 June 2014, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) High-Level Event was held in the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference was designed to review the progress made in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes under the mandates of participating agencies, and to take stock of achievements in the last 10 years. The event was coordinated by ITU and co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP.

Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva, delivered the Norwegian policy statement at the opening day of the summit. He emphasized that the WSIS-processes have been important for the development and acceptance of the global-multi-stakeholder-internet-governance-approach and have yielded good results in working towards the aim of bridging the digital divide and providing access to the Internet in the developing world. He also drew attention to political and technical challenges, underlining that these must be addressed in a proper and proportional way without compromising human rights norms, concluding that “It is imperative that we continue to protect human rights online as we do offline.”

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