The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is bringing UN organizations and programmes together around a common goal: to channel the great potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to everybody.
Partnering with governments, private sector and civil society in over 160 UN Member States, the World Summit Award supports the implementation of the UN agendas for Information Society and Development of the Information Society, and the Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and disease, providing education for all, saving the environment, and giving a fair share to women through the use of ICTs.

Responding to rapid changes in the information society, the World Summit Award initiative emphasizes cultural diversity and identity, the creation of varied information
content, and the digitalization of educational, scientific and cultural heritage.
It aims to make the benefits of the new information society accessible and meaningful for all.

Unfortunately I am not able to be with you in person, but I did visit Sri Lanka earlier this year and am very happy for those of you who have the chance to see this beautiful country and participate in the World Summit Award Global Congress. Therefore, from a distance this time, I am particularly happy to congratulate the 2013 winners and I wish you great success with the forthcoming congress in Sri Lanka!