The Summit adopted the following documents:
- Geneva Declaration of Principles
- Geneva Plan of Action
- Tunis Commitment
- Tunis Agenda for the Information Society
For UNESCO, the Summit resulted in a considerable increase of the Organization’s visibility and importance as a significant actor in the area of communication and information for development. The increased importance on the Organization in the process is illustrated by the fact that it was assigned one of the leading roles in the implementation process including:
- implementation of concrete activities contained in the Geneva Plan of Action within the framework of its own programs so as to operationalize its concept of knowledge societies;
- facilitation of the coherent implementation of the six action lines in its areas of competence; and
- cooperation, together with ITU and UNDP, in the overall multistakeholder coordination of the facilitators of all 11 action lines.
In May 2006, UNESCO was designated as the facilitator for the multistakeholder implementation of the following six WSIS action lines included in the Geneva Plan of Action:
- access to information and knowledge (C3);
- e-learning (C7);
- e-science (C7);
- media (C9);
- cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content (C8);
- ethical dimensions of the Information Society (C10).
Therefore, the Director-General has set up a “Task Force on Knowledge Societies” whose main mandate is to ensure coherence of UNESCO’s own action to operationalize the concept of building knowledge societies. This includes:
- coordinating the activities of the various sectors involved in the facilitation of the implementation of the six action lines in its areas of competence;
- providing the strategic and consistent focus of UNESCO’s efforts and its added value in relation to new mechanisms emerging with the development of the information society;
- advising the Director-General on key issues of relevance to UNESCO emerging from the rapid development of ICTs and their societal, cultural and ethical implications and proposing adequate institutional response.