[WSIS CS-Plenary] CS contributions to WSIS stocktaking
jlfullsack at wanadoo.fr
Wed Mar 2 09:55:06 GMT 2005
I fully suport Ralf's opinion. We aren't committed in this "liberal show" : we daily do our job through our organisation(s) and our people on the terrain. For instance, CSDPTT's action in the field (connecting remote villages to the telco network in African countries) didn't wait any signal from WSIS to proceed nor to progress. And we don't want our credit towards/from our african friends in these villages be compromised in neoliberal WSIS tunes.
CSDPTT (see our website to convince yourself www.csdptt.org)
> Message du 01/03/05 17:05
> De : "Ralf Bendrath"
> A : plenary at wsis-cs.org
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> Objet : Re: [WSIS CS-Plenary] CS contributions to WSIS stocktaking
> There can also be a different opinion on this:
> We as Civil Society did not endorse the Geneva Declaration, and even much
> less the Geneva Plan of Action, which is really bad and was never
> discussed properly. We were also highly critical to the idea of a fat ITU
> database for stocktaking (remember Karen's and Steve's remarks in Geneva
> when they had consultations on this). Why on earth should we feed a
> database we don't like on a Plan of Action we don't like?
> I am really afraid that with new new Swiss proposal, the summit will only
> be a showcase of everybody's pet project. I mean, I could think of a
> handful of projects that I've been involved in that could be counted as
> part of the WSIS. But it would of course only be a marketing exercise, and
> nicely fit into this official "summit of solutions" slogan. But this is
> just nice, and it has nothing to do with politics.
> What we really have to think about and ask for are benchmarking and
> binding agreements on priorities and next steps for all governments.
> Otherwise the whole exercise will end in an extremely liberal trade fair.
> We should start from our Civil Society Declaration, and we should start
> maybe working on implementation mechanisms that would serve our values.
> Just my 2 cents.
> Rik Panganiban schrieb:
> > Further to this, I think it would be particularly important for our
> > different caucuses and working groups to disseminate information about
> > the stocktaking exercise to their respective networks and affiliates "on
> > the ground." I.e. the disability caucus, youth caucus, women's caucus,
> > human rights caucus, telecentres caucus, indigenous peoples' caucus, and
> > others must have knowledge of innovative projects being conducted by
> > civil society in the field that should be part of this database.
> > From the political front, it will be harder for us to argue for our
> > seat at the table on the policy side if we are not seen as being
> > involved on the other end on the implementation end. So spread the word!
> > Put this notice on your websites and send it around to your lists.
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