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Be part of WSIS Project Prizes 2013

WSIS Project Prizes is a unique recognition for excellence in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. This initiative is an immediate response to the requests expressed by WSIS stakeholders during the WSIS Forum 2011: to create a mechanism to evaluate and reward stakeholders for their efforts in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. The WSIS Project Prizes are an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking Process that was set up in 2004 (Para 120, Tunis Agenda).

The contest of WSIS Project Prizes is open to all stakeholders: governments, private sector, civil society, international organizations, academia and others. The contest comprises 18 categories that are directly linked to the WSIS Action Lines outlined in the Geneva Plan of Action.

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 2012/5 "Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society" reiterates the importance of sharing the best practices at the global level, and while recognizing excellence in the implementation of the projects and initiatives which further the WSIS goals, encourages all stakeholders to nominate their projects to the annual WSIS Project Prizes, as an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking process, while noting the report on the WSIS Success Stories.

In 2012, the contest was organized for the first time and it was appreciated by diverse stakeholders that encouraged this initiative to continue in 2013 with the same open approach allowing all stakeholders to participate in this transparent contest.

The contest 2013 is organized into four phases: 1) Project submission 2) Evaluation/Voting 3) Compilation of extended descriptions of the winning projects and preparation of "WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2013 4) WSIS Project Prize Ceremony, Showcasing Roundtable and WSIS Gala Dinner.

The WSIS Project Prizes 2013 contest is an occasion to showcase projects. The 18 winners of WSIS Project Prizes will be honored, recognized and presented with an award at the Prize Ceremony at the WSIS Forum 2013 (May, Geneva). The winners will also have the opportunity to network, present and promote their projects at an international level, share knowledge and experience as well as learn about other best practices and models which further the WSIS goals.