The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations was requested by the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society to oversee the United Nations system-wide follow-up to the outcomes of the Geneva and Tunis phases of the Summit. To this end, ECOSOC was requested to review the CSTD’s mandate, including considering strengthening the Commission, taking into account the multi-stakeholder approach.
ECOSOC, during its substantive session in July 2006, adopted a resolution entitled “Follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and review of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)”. Through this resolution, it was decided that the CSTD shall effectively assist the Council as the focal point in the system-wide follow-up to the outcomes of WSIS and advise the Council thereon, including through the elaboration of recommendations to the Council aimed at furthering the implementation of the Summit outcomes. To that end, the Commission shall:
- Review and assess progress at the international and regional levels in the implementation of Action Lines, recommendations and commitments contained in the outcome documents of WSIS.
- Share best and effective practices and lessons learned, and identify obstacles and constraints encountered, actions and initiatives to overcome them and important measures for further implementation of WSIS outcomes.
- Promote dialogue and foster partnerships in coordination with other appropriate United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies to contribute to the attainment of the WSIS objectives and implementation of its outcomes.
- Use information and communication technology (ICT) for development and achievement of internationally-agreed development goals, with the participation of Governments, private sector, civil society, the United Nations and other international organizations, according to their different roles and responsibilities.