As a result of the WSIS (Phase I), a Task Force on Financing Mechanims (TFFM) has been
as of July 2004, after the Hammamet meeting
( Nishimoto's speech 24 June 04
was the following :
- April -
Secretariat constituted with outreach to experts, partners
at stakeholders at regional/global fora as feasible;
- 11th June
Brainstorming meeting with experts and partners to discuss scope and composition of the task force and content of report.
- June- July
Experts recruited to provide background papers and undertake research.
Reporting on progress at WSIS- PrepCom 1 (24-26 June), information sharing with stakeholders and informal consultations at Hammamet, Tunisia.
Launch of virtual consultation process on
and outreach to stakeholders to secure inputs.
Finalization of the scope and composition of the Task Force
- Mid-Late September
Launch of the Task Force with Initial findings/reports presented for its review.
(first meeting – in person)
- End - October
First drafts of report chapters with case studies, etc., following consultations as needed
Circulation of draft report of the TF for comments and virtual consultations
Compilation and incorporation of comments received into the report
- End-November/Early-December 2004
Final in-person TF meeting, key working group members and
secretariat to finalize and launch report, chaired by UNDP Administrator
(second and final meeting in person)
- Mid-End December 2004. Submit Report to the SG
It is clear that the schedule has not been followed as announced
Issues Paper Launch Meeting 4 October 2004, New York
Written Comments may be submitted to: [email protected]
(this email address never worked)
The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the first phase of which was concluded in Geneva in 2003, recommended that "while all existing financial mechanisms should be fully exploited to make available the benefits of information and communication technologies, a thorough review of their adequacy in meeting the challenges of ICT for development should be completed by the end of December 2004. This review shall be conducted by a Task Force under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and submitted for consideration to the second phase of this
summit." UNDP has been asked by the SecretaryGeneral to lead the Task Force, in collaboration with key partners. The following issues paper does not necessarily reflect the views of UNDP, which should not be held responsible for its contents. The issues paper is being distributed in connection with the first meeting of the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms. Its purpose is to present an initial overview of the main issues to be addressed by the Task Force, to stimulate discussion and debate about the research, analysis, findings, and recommendations to be considered. All of the ideas, perspectives, and issues raised in this paper remain open to full review and revision through the
Task Force's deliberations.
Key Issues & Discussion Questions: What should be the primary focus and objectives of international development assistance in relation to ICTs over the next decade, given market, technical, and economic trends? How can ICT be integrated with, and measured against, other priorities for development support? How can diverse and independent ICT programs of many separate donors and funding agencies be better coordinated, on national and global levels, to assure maximum impact and resource utilization? Emerging and Innovative Financing Mechanisms There are in addition a number of interesting innovative financing mechanisms, which are not elaborated upon here. The creative "middle" will be the subject of discussions at the Task Force meeting.
Full document :
( Issues Paper Launch Meeting 4 October 2004
Next Steps All of the ideas, perspectives, and issues raised in this paper remain open to
full review and revision through the Task Force's deliberations.
Based on the recommendations of the Task Force a draft report will be produced.
The document will be shared and will draw on consultations with stakeholders.
The report of the Task Force will be finalized at its next meeting on November 29th
in New York.
After much delay, the
Online Forum on Financial Mechanisms
( other link )
occured from October 25 to November 25, 2004.
Forum comprises 4 threads :
- THREAD 1 : Most pressing needs and opportunities ?
- THREAD 2 : How to harness and reinforce human resources ?
- THREAD 3 : Efficiency of existing financing mechanisms ?
- THREAD 4 : Innovative Mechanisms ?
- GFC1 : Group of Friends of the Chair ( 22 October 2004 )
(by Ramin Kaweh, Wolfgang Kleinwachter, Viola Krebs, Renata Bloem )
- GFC :
Operational part of the final document / Tunis Agenda for Action
(11 November 2004 )
GFC: Political chapeau / Tunis Commitment
(16 November 2004)
- GFC2 :Group of Friends of the Chair
meeting Closed session 15 November 2004 - Open session - 16 November 2004 afternoon.
- TFFM Consultation meeting (Open session - 16 November 2004, morning, Palais des Nations, Geneva )
Tuesday 16 November, 10:00 -13:00 hrs
( Draft Outline for Report)
informelle du Groupe de travail sur les mécanismes financiers (GTMF)
16 novembre 2004 - 10h-13h
(Jean Louis Fullsack
- TFFM final meeting ( November 29th, UNDP, New York )
Rik Panganiban report (html)
Traduction par Jean Louis Fullsack
- Civil Society Bureau Meeting Cape Town
5-6 December 2004
- NOTE of the CIVIL SOCIETY BUREAU
to the PrepCom President of the Tunis Phase -
- NOTE du BUREAU de la SOCIETE CIVILE
au Président du PrepCom de la Phase de Tunis
- GFC3: Group of Friends of the Chair
closed meeting 16-17 December 2004
- Operational part
(chapter 2) Financial mechanisms 16 December 2004
- The Report of the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms for ICT for Development
- ( usefull but imperfect versions in html
and txt formats )
(December 22, 2004)
- TFFM members, observers and contributors
- Political chapeau / Tunis Commitment ( GFC : 4 January 2005 )
- Operational part of the final document
/ Tunis Agenda for Action / Tunis Plan of implementation( GFC : 4 January 2005 )
- Partial Comparison between the 11 Nov. 04 and the 04 Jan. 05 versions
- GFC4: Group of Friends of the Chair
open meeting 10 January 2005 - closed meeting 11 January 2005
Political chapeau / Tunis Commitment ( 11 January 2005 )
Operational part / Tunis Agenda for Action / Tunis Plan of implementation ( 11 January 2005 )
- Partial Comparison between the 04 Jan. and the 11 Jan. 05 versions
- GFC report & texts
( 20 January 2005, before PrepCom2 )
- Political Chapeau / Tunis Commitment ( 1 - 14 )
- Operational / Tunis Agenda for Action / Tunis Plan of implementation
- Chapter One "From principles to action: A summit of sustainable solutions" ( 1 - 11)
- Chapter Two "Financial mechanisms" ( 12 - 25 )
- Chapter Three "Internet governance"
- Chapter Four "The way ahead" ( 26 - 29 )
- Political Chapeau
Compilation of Comments ( 24 February 2005 )
- Operational Part, Chapter One
"From principles to action" Compilation of Comments ( 21 march 2005 )
- Possible Implementation
Mecanisms ITU Proposition as a tentative
"coordinating body" for the last two paragraphs (10 and 11) of the Chapter One of the
Operational Part (22 Feb. 2005)
Operational Part, Chapter Two "Financial Mechanisms" Revised ( 01 March 2005,
after PrepCom2 ) Excerpts :
15. We thank the UN Secretary-General for his efforts in creating the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms (TFFM) and we commend the members on their report. (Agreed)
16. We recall that the mandate of the TFFM was to undertake a thorough review of the adequacy of existing financial mechanisms in meeting the challenges of ICT for development. (Agreed)
17. The TFFM report sets out the complexity of existing mechanisms, both private and public, which provide financing for ICTs in developing countries. It identifies areas where these could be improved and where ICTs could be given higher priority by developing countries and their development partners. (Agreed)
18. Based on the conclusion of the review of the report, we have considered the improvements and innovations of financing mechanisms, including the creation of a voluntary Digital Solidarity Fund, as mentioned in the Geneva Declaration of Principles. (Agreed)
38. We welcome the Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) established in Geneva as an innovative financial
mechanism of a voluntary nature open to interested stakeholders with the objective of transforming
the digital divide into digital opportunities for the developing world by focusing mainly on
specific and urgent needs at the local level and seeking new voluntary sources of "solidarity" finance.
The DSF will complement existing mechanisms for funding the Information Society,
which should continue to be fully utilized to fund the growth of new ICT infrastructure and services. (Agreed)
During discussions at PrepCom-2, it did not prove possible to reach consensus on the following issue, on which discussion is deferred until PrepCom-3
[Option 1: Proposed by Brazil, Cuba, India and Holy See: Promoting awareness of the
positive externalities generated by the development and use of free and open source software].
[Option 2: Promoting awareness of possibilities generated by different software models including proprietary, free and open source software.]
[Option 3: Promoting the development and use of open source and proprietary software with low total cost
of ownership and effective interoperability, while improving awareness of all available options.]
[Option 4: Promoting awareness of the possibilities generated by different software models and the
competitive impact that free and open software has had on proprietary software systems
that has resulted in a wide range of a cost effective solutions for consumers].
- Operational Part
Chapter Four "The way ahead" ( 24 February 2005)