The countries participating in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) reaffirmed their commitment to using Information and Communications Technology as an essential tool for achieving the New Objectives of Sustainable Development at a High-level Meeting in the United Nations General Assembly.

The General Assembly adopted the final document on the review of the implementation of results of the World Summit on the Information Society after a two-day meeting for the discussion of the next ten years.

This final document highlights the digital gaps that must be addressed through enabling policy environments and international cooperation to improve costs, access, education, capacity building, multilingualism, cultural preservation, investment and appropriate funding.

In this document, the General Assembly extended the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for another 10 years, acknowledging the fact that during this period, the IGF must continue to demonstrate progress in the work patterns and participation of stakeholders from developing countries.

Finally, in a forward-looking decision of the final document, UN member states called for a closer alignment between the WSIS process and the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030, emphasizing the cross-cutting contribution of ICTs to the Sustainable Development Goals and poverty eradication.

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