After two intense days of discussion the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly released the document emerged from the 10-year review of WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society).
One of the most relevant outcomes of this meeting for the Internet community was the extension of the IGF mandate for 10 years, as well as the recognition of the value of multistakeholder governance for the Internet. There was remarkable participation of all stakeholder groups: governments, civil society, private sector, international organizations, technical and academic communities, among others.
Some of the definitions and most outstanding commitments were:
1. Building an inclusive information society, people-centered and development-oriented, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge.
2. To recognize and reaffirm the need and importance for governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and all other stakeholders must continue to work to implement the vision of WSIS beyond 2015.
3. Welcoming the remarkable evolution and spread of ICT (information and communication), which have played a key role in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. ICT has penetrated throughout the world have created new opportunities for social interaction, have enabled new business models and have contributed to economic growth.
4. To recognize the existence of digital divides and address through the strengthening of affordability, access, capacity building, multiple languages, etc.
5. Reaffirm that Internet governance should continue to follow the provisions in Tunis and Geneva.
6. To say that the same rights that people have when they are not online, should also be protected online.
7. Recognizing the critical importance of private sector investment in infrastructure, content and services, and encourage governments to create legal frameworks that allow for greater investment and innovation.
8. To call upon States to take all necessary measures to guarantee the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and association and the right not to be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy measures.
9. Recognize the role of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a multi-stakeholder platform for discussing Internet governance issues. Extend IGF mandate for another 10 years.
10. Call the continuity of WSIS Forums and the maintenance of annual reports on the implementation of the outcome of WSIS.