In 2001, the UN General Assembly decided to convene the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in two phases, with the aim of outlining proposals for the inclusive development of the Information Society.
At the end of the Summit's first phase, in 2003, the “Geneva Plan of Action” was approved. Inspired by the Millennium Development Goals, the Geneva Plan established ten objectives related to the access and use of information and communication technologies, to be reached by 2015, with special attention to the needs of developing countries. The document also established 11 action lines for building an inclusive information society and using the potential of digital technologies to promote development.
The “Tunis Agenda”, approved in the second phase of the Summit, in 2005, called for a multi-stakeholder global Internet governance model and created the “Internet Governance Forum” (IGF). It also sought to accelerate the implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action and decided on the follow-up to the WSIS recommendations.
The WSIS led to the definitive insertion, in the international agenda, of issues related to the information and communication technologies, including their uses to promote development and to bridge the digital divide. Since then, the Geneva Plan of Action and the Tunis Agenda have guided the international negotiations on ICTs.
Brazil´s participation in the Summit's meetings and its follow-up has been guided by the support of a multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent Internet governance system, reflecting the model adopted in Brazil.
In the bilateral and regional contexts, through joint research and development projects, Itamaraty seeks to contribute to the implementation of national initiatives focused on the dissemination of broadband access, capacity-building in this technological field, promotion of free software and electronic government tools. It also seeks to attract foreign investments and to foster the establishment, in Brazil, of high technology research and development centers.