Information and communication technology (ICT) development projects are helping countries to make significant progress towards achieving the WSIS connectivity targets and MDGs by 2015. The UN General Assembly on the 21st December 2001 endorsed the holding (Resolution 56/183) of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva http://www.itu.int/wsis/geneva/index.html from 10 to 12 December 2003 and the second phase http://www.itu.int/wsis/tunis/index.html took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
In 2003 at Geneva, more than 11,000 participants from 175 countries including 50 Heads of state/government and Vice-Presidents, 82 Ministers, and 26 Vice-Ministers and Heads of delegation as well as high-level representatives from international organizations, private sector, and civil society attended the Summit and related events. At the Geneva Phase of WSIS nearly provided political support to the wsis declaration of principles and plan of action (road map). The plan of Action sets out a goal of bringing 50 percent of the world population (6.9 billion). http://www.itu.int/wsis/documents/doc_multi.asp?lang=en&id=1161...
The second phase took place in Tunis, from 16 to 18 November 2005. A total number of 19401 participants including 5857 States and European Community, 1508 International Organizations, 6241 NGOs and civil society entities, 4816 Business sector entities and 979 Media representing 1740 number of entities