Plenary -- Virtual WSIS CS Plenary Group Space


About Plenary
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As per discussions and subsequent agreement during the final Civil Society plenary in Geneva on Feb 28th, the following list has been created as a space for the the Virtual Plenary to discuss and share information between PrepComs and the Summit:

Background and Objectives
The Civil Society Plenary: (From the final Civil Society Plenary Meeting, PrepCom 2, 28.2.2003). This is a work in progress and is open to amendments throughout the WSIS process.

The Civil Society Plenary Meeting, when convened, is the source of legitimacy for all civil society activities in the WSIS.

Between PrepComs a 'Virtual CS Plenary Group' has been created (, comprising organisations and other entities accredited and registered at both PrepComs to date, from civil society, although organisations with a key interest in the issues but that are not part of the Summit process should also have the opportunity to participate.

The list will not be a decision-making space, in the sense that no voting will be called for, but a space to promote greater debate and transparency in the organisation of Civil Society during the summit.

Civil Society Organisations
All civil society organisations or entities will be invited to join. Everyone will be asked to provide their name, organisational affiliation and e-mail address, along with some additional optional information. Many may subscribe from the one organisation.

There is no unanimously agreed definition of Civil Society, but we will work with the following loose definition (which draws on several United Nations documents):

Organisations - including movements, networks and other entities - which are autonomous from the State, are not intergovernmental or do not represent the private sector, and which in principle, are non-profit-making, act locally, nationally and internationally, in defence and promotion of social, economic and cultural interests and for mutual benefit.

This will be an open list. Archives of all lists below will be publicly available at:

Subscribing to Plenary
Please complete the form below. Once the form is completed, you should receive confirmation of your subscription within 24 hours.

All those who attended PrepCom1 will be automatically subscribed to the list. We do not have access to the attendee list for PrepCom 2, but will ensure that this announcement is shared widely on WSIS and related mailing lists, and sent to the WSIS Civil Society Division Secretariat.

Work of the List
We hope to provide some loose facilitation guidelines to ensure the list works smoothly, effectively and does not duplicate the work of other lists (such as the wsis-prep1 and other related lists).

These will be posted by March 24th by which time we hope to have received the bulk of subscription requests, and can convene our 'virtual' plenary.

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the Plenary Archives.

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