UN Context

The World Summit Awards has been initiated in 2003 in the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) held in Geneva. The declared aim of the conference was to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessible to everyone and to bridge the digital divide. The World Summit Awards (WSA) was established as a means to achieve this and has been working since then on putting the UN-WSIS goals into action.




WSIS Action Lines


C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development


C2. Information and communication infrastructure


C3. Access to information and knowledge


C4. Capacity building


C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs


C6. Enabling environment


C7. ICT Applications:



C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content: World Summit Award awards local content and accepts applications in all local languages


C9. Media


C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society


United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
United Nations

"Young people are powerful drivers of change in political, economic and social developments around the world. They have asserted themselves as critical partners in sustainable development, proposing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Using the power of ICTs and social media, young people have a vehicle like never before to engage and participate. From entrepreneurs developing new technologies, to creating green jobs and more sustainable economies, young people are at the forefront of development. We must continue to recognise the valuable contributions of young entrepreneurs and work together to ensure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."


Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information

"Local content is indispensable for the use of information and communication technologies for sustainable development. With the recognition of innovative, digital solutions to development challenges, the World Summit Awards (WSA) encourages women and men's creativity, helps to share applications globally and stimulates young entrepreneurs to find local solutions. I congratulate all finalists, who contributed with their innovations to peace and sustainable development."