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ICC/BASIS contribution Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)

The global business community of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and its initiative, Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) submit the following points for consideration at the meetings of the CSTD in May 2007 in Geneva.

Multi-Year work programme

These comments address the issues under consideration by the CSTD including the proposal for a multi-year work programme (dated November 2006), the formulation of its working methods, and the development of recommendations to progress commitments and actions from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005).

Unlike other Summit follow up processes, the WSIS has an integrated multistakeholder implementation programme, thus models from other Summits may not be as constructive. In addition, the WSIS outcomes and processes cover a range of issues, making it even more important for the CSTD’s role as a focal point to assist the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its oversight of the follow up to the WSIS outcomes, be effective and non-duplicative. The CSTD could, for example, play an important role in helping ECOSOC, reviewing and assessing progress in implementation of the WSIS outcomes by ensuring that relevant information is brought together in an effective manner.

The ICC/BASIS comments and recommendations below provide ideas to assist in this formulation, and highlight business priorities.

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