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*Call for nominees from civil society to join the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation*
I have been asked by Mr. Miguel Palomino de la Gala, Chairperson of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) to act as the focal point for gathering nominations for the 5 civil society positions on the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation. Please pass this invitation around to other civil society organisations or networks you work with.
The formation of such a working group (WG) was first discussed at the 15th session of the CSTD in May 2012. The request to the Chairperson to convene the group was confirmed in resolution 67/195 of the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/67/195 The task of the WG will bes to examine the "mandate of the World Summit on the Information Society regarding enhanced cooperation as contained in the Tunis Agenda, through seeking, compiling and reviewing inputs from all Member States and all other stakeholders, and to make recommendations on how to fully implement this mandate". The working group has to report to the Commission at its 17th session in 2014 as an input to the overall review of the outcomes of the WSIS.
April - May 2013: first meeting of the working group (pending availability of resources) 30 -31 May 2013: second meeting of the working group (just before the 16th session of the CSTD in June)
*Role of the civil society focal point*
The role of the focal point for civil society is to assist the CSTD Chair in reaching out to interested parties among civil society who would like to be considered for participation in the group. The Chair of the CSTD will decide on and announce the final composition of the Working Group.
*Composition of the WG*
The WG will be made up of representatives from 22 Member States (four per regional group plus the two that have hosted the World Summit on the Information Society) and as invitees, five representatives each from (a) the private sector, (b) civil society, (c) the technical and academic communities and (d) intergovernmental and international organizations.
*Process for nominations*
Deadline for submitting CS nominations to me: 4 March 2013 Announcement of composition of WG 11 - 15 March 2013 If you would like to nominate yourself, or another individual, please send an email to me (email@example.com) copying Emilar Vushe (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4 March 2013 Please include:
1. Your name, email and contact number
2. The civil society entities (network or organisations) that you are affiliated to. If you have been nominated by such a network or entity please provide information on the selection process.
3. The capacity of this affiliation if applicable (e.g. "member" or your job title) 3. Your country of residence
4. Your nationality and your gender
Could you also please answer the following questions to assist the CSTD chair in making the final selection:
5.What experience and expertise do you have in public-interest oriented policy processes that involves cooperation between governments, and also between governments and non-governmental stakeholder groups (note that people from sectors other than internet/ICTs are welcome and could have a lot to contribute)?
6. What experience and expertise do you have in enhanced cooperation in the context of the WSIS process and internet governance in general?
7. Are you able to commit to the time needed to travel to WG meetings and participate in these meetings? Meetings will mostly be in Geneva. Please let me know if you have any questions.
I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.
executive director, association for progressive communications