On 14 July 2006, at International Telecommunication Union Headquarters in Geneva, under the chairmanship of ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi, with the launch of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) gathered momentum.
UNGIS has been established by the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, at the request of the Summit and in consultation with members of the UN system Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). It will serve as an interagency coordinating mechanism within UN system to implement the outcomes of WSIS and it will enable synergies aimed at resolving substantive and policy issues, avoiding redundancies and enhancing effectiveness of the system while raising public awareness about the goals and objectives of the global Information Society. UNGIS will also work to highlight importance of ICTs in meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). During the first year, UNGIS will be chaired by ITU, with UNESCO, UNDP and WHO acting as vice-chairs.