[discuss] Draft statement on making IGF permanent
jeanette at wzb.eu
Mon Sep 1 14:46:22 UTC 2014
Stephanie Perrin and I have drafted a statement that asks the UN
Secretary to consider renewing the mandate of the IGF on a permanent basis.
About 90% of the text are quotes from UN documents referring to the IGF
and from the NetMundial Statement.
Our draft is intended to reflect the views of all stakeholders and
perhaps get a broad endorsement at the end of the IGF.
Right now, it is just a draft. Changes are welcome.
We have set up a pad for editing:
For convenience we also paste the text into this email below.
The goal is to complete the editing before the end of the IGF.
Stephanie and Jeanette
Request for consideration to the UN Secretary General on permanence of
In 2005, the UN Member states asked the UN Secretary-General in the
Tunis Agenda, to convene a meeting of the new forum for
multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum
(IGF). (Footnote: paragraph 72, Tunis Agenda)
The mandate of the Forum was to discuss public policy issues relating to
key elements of Internet governance, such as those enumerated in
the Tunis Agenda, in order to foster the sustainability, robustness,
security, stability and development of the Internet in developed and
developing countries. The Forum was not to replace existing
arrangements, mechanisms, institutions or organizations. It was intended
to constitute a neutral, non-duplicative and non-binding process, and
have no involvement in day-to-day or technical operations of the Internet.
The Tunis Agenda also asked the UN Secretary-General to examine the
desirability of the continuation of the Forum, in formal consultation
with Forum participants, within five years of its creation, and to make
recommendations to the UN Membership in this regard. At its sixty-fifth
session, the General Assembly decided to extend the mandate of the IGF,
underlining the need to improve the IGF “with a view to linking it to
the broader dialogue on global Internet governance”.
In his note on the continuation of the Internet Governance Forum, the UN
Secretary General confirmed that the IGF was unique and valuable. It is
a place where Governments, civil society, the private sector and
international organizations discuss important questions of economic and
social development. They share their insights and achievements and build
a common understanding of the Internet’s great potential.
The Secretary-General recommended that
(a) That the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum be extended for a
further five years;
(b) That the desirability of continuation be considered again by Member
States within the context of a 10-year review of implementation of the
outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015;
Footnote: (General Assembly, Sixty-fifth session, Item 17 of the
preliminary list*, Information and communications technologies for
development, Economic and Social Council, Substantive session of 2010
New York, 28 June-23 July 2010, Agenda item 13 (b)**)
The NetMundial Meeting, convened by the Government of Brazil, stated in
the NetMundial Multistakeholder Statement on April 24th, 2014, that
there is a need for a strengthened Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Important recommendations to that end had already been made by the UN
CSTD working group on IGF improvements. The NetMundial Statement also
stated that “a strengthened IGF could better serve as a platform for
discussing both long standing and emerging issues with a view to
contributing to the identification of possible ways to address them.”
Given the significance of the Internet Governance Forum for the
continuing development of Internet governance, we request the UN
Secretary General to establish the IGF as a permanent multistakeholder
forum. We also request that the UN Secretary General work with the IGF
and its stakeholders to strengthen its structure and processes.
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