Arab Forum on WSIS & 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development- NXN Participation

Arab Forum on WSIS & 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development- NXN Participation

Beirut, 8-12 May 2017


We are proudly invited to participate in this Arab high level forum which is organized by ESCWA.

The Forum will bring together various stakeholders in the information society, digital economy and Internet governance in the Arab region, to review, present, and discuss the linkages between the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) action lines and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Focus will be on how digital economies and smart societies can accelerate the implementation of WSIS action lines, themes and priority areas, as well as contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in the Arab Region. It will include an experts meeting and a conference, as follows:


  • 1) Experts Meeting: Shaping the Digital Future in the Arab Region (8-11 May).
  • 2) Conference: Digital Technologies for SDGs (10-12 May), which includes:
  • – Arab WSIS Community Track: Partners for SDGs (11-12 May).
  • – League of Arab States Ministerial Track (12 May).


The Experts Meeting will overview four publications prepared by ESCWA, namely: Arab digital agenda 2030; Arab Internet governance roadmap 2025; Smart transformation in Government and society in the Arab region; and Arab digital economy and smart society report. The meeting will introduce ESCWA’s vision on how to support the region in their efforts to harness the information society and digital economy to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda. It will produce suggestions for the improvement of the aforementioned publications.


The Conference will include main plenary sessions, a WSIS Community Track as well as a Ministerial Track (in cooperation with the League of Arab States). It will cover:


  • (a) WSIS and political dimensions of the 2030 Agenda.
  • (b) WSIS and economic dimensions of the 2030 Agenda.
  • (c) WSIS and social dimensions of the 2030 Agenda.


Our CBO, Labib Matta will be participating in the below session.

Big Data for Development: Thursday 11 May 2017


The huge volumes of generated data from different classical and new sources and the need to analyze them and deduct value in shorter times have given rise to big data technologies and data science techniques.


Globally, this has been accompanied by severe transformations in the business and industries that necessitate new strategies throughout the whole value chain; business model innovation, organization structure as well as governance. In the Arab region, big data applications have recently started infiltrating businesses . Their main sources of data are derived from social media and mobile phone operators. How will big data impact job creation in the Arab region? What are some of the challenges facing the rise of Big Data in the Arab region? How can the Arab region boost capacity building in this field? What can governments it the Arab region do to create enabling environments for Big Data? More importantly how can governments promote the use of Big Data for Development particularly to improve decision making by policy makers? These are some of the questions that this session will seek to answer.