[Irl-dean] CTSD is focal point for WSIS follow-up

Frank Mulcahy fmulcahy at iol.ie
Fri Oct 6 09:47:56 IST 2006

Dear All,

I enclose some news which may be of interest to some.  

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will assist the Council as the focal point in the system-wide follow-up of WSIS.

It was agreed that this would entail a strong development orientation and that the Commission would be strengthened in its substantive capacity through the effective and meaningful participation of Member States in its work. While preserving the inter-governmental nature of the Commission, ECOSOC decided that CSTD should make use of the successful multi-stakeholder approach that was pioneered by WSIS. 

During the next two sessions (2007 and 2008), the deliberations of  CSTD will therefore be open not only to NGOs in consultative status 
with ECOSOC, but also, after approval by ECOSOC, to other interested NGOs and civil society entities who were accredited to WSIS. As this interim solution is valid only for two years, those entities who wish to participate in the work of the Commission for more than only two years should apply for consultative status with ECOSOC immediately. Business entities will also be able to participate in the work of the Commission, on approval by ECOSOC. The CSTD Secretariat will provide information about the approval procedures in due course.

Best wishes,


Frank Mulcahy,
2 Castle Village Court,
Co. Kildare

Tel.: +353 (0)1 627 1314
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