WSIS-SDG Matrix World Summit on the Information Society

The UN General Assembly overall review on the implementation of  the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) resulted in a UNGA Resolution A/70/125 that was adopted on 16 December 2015. The resolution provides guidance on the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes till 2025. In particular it calls for close alignment between the WSIS process and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (para.5) and requests all stakeholders to integrate Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into their approaches to implementing the Goals, and request UN entities facilitating WSIS Action Lines to review their reporting and work plans to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda, (para.12).

The effective implementation of the WSIS Action Lines can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. To that end, the WSIS SDGs Matrix clearly shows the linkage between each Action line and the 17 SDGs and provides rationale for each.

This is a new tool developed by a number of United Nations agencies based on their expertise and mandate to map how ICTs may contribute to the implementation of the new SDGs. The mapping exercise draws direct linkages of the WSIS Action Lines with the proposed SDGs to continue strengthening the impact of ICTs for sustainable development.


Sustainable Development Goals covered by this tool



The Matrix serves as an easy reference for stakeholders engaged in shaping the future of both, the SDGs and the WSIS processes beyond 2015 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is a living document and changes can be introduced by Action Line Facilitators, if needed. The goal is to create a clear and direct link and an explicit connection between the key aim of the WSIS, that of harnessing the potential of ICTs to promote and realize the development goals, and the post 2015 development agenda, so as to contribute to the realisation of the latter.

  • Integration tools for analysing interconnections, synergies, trade-offs and bottlenecks among SDGs
  • Indicators and Assessment Tools



Open Source

Computer System Requirements:

Basic Computer

Developed By:

International Telecommunication Union


Jaroslaw Ponder



International Telecommunication Union

Guidance Documentation:

WSIS Outcome Documents (English)

Supporting Literature:

WSIS Stocktaking (English)
WSIS Take Stock Network (English)