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ITU Recognises IFIP as WSIS Champion for its Global Industry Council Initiative

Thursday 7 April 2016: IFIP, the global professional association for ICT, has been honoured by the ITU with a WSIS Champion Award for its initiative in establishing the Global Industry Council to help drive standards in ICT professionalism and add social value for communities.

The award, which was announced this week in the lead up to next month’s WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) Forum 2016 in Geneva, recognises organisations which positively impact the WSIS Action Lines and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Global Industry Council (GIC) was established by IP3, IFIP’s International Professional Practice Partnership, as a forum through which ICT employers and educators can engage with IP3 and influence the development of the profession around the world.

GIC Directors are specially nominated and invited to serve within the UN-rooted body as internationally recognised luminary executives, thought leaders, and visionaries and for their strong history of providing substantive contributions to global business, industry, society, education, and governments. Due to the strong contributions of GIC Directors, the Council was formally incorporated by unanimous vote into the statutes and bylaws of IFIP at the General Assembly in October 2015 led by IFIP President, Leon Strous.

IFIP IP3’s initiative to create the GIC was recognised by ITU under its “Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society” category.

The award will be formally presented to GIC Founding Chair and IFIP IP3 Vice-Chair, Stephen Ibaraki, at a special ceremony during the WSIS Forum. In attendance will be Mr Strous (Netherlands) as well as IP3 Board Chair, Brenda Aynsley, OAM (Australia) and Moira de Roche, Deputy Chair IP3 (South Africa) along with local IP3 Board member, Professor Raymond Morel, who is also the national Swiss representative to IFIP.

Mr Ibaraki said the GIC provides a valuable function not only for IFIP and IP3, but also for senior ICT professionals wanting to impact their sector and the world. The impact to SDGs were outlined when Ibaraki was invited to speak at the UN/ITU GA WSIS review in July, October and December 2015.

“In addition to keeping IFIP and IP3 connected to the ICT coalface through its active members, the