[discuss] [governance] Draft statement on making IGF permanent

Patrick Ryan pryan at pryan.net
Mon Sep 1 15:31:47 UTC 2014

Fabulous letter.  As a purely academic exercise, about 18 months ago, a
couple colleagues and I put together a draft resolution on this very point
just to see how it might pencil out.  Knowing that the private sector has
zero experience with this sort of thing, it is surely full of holes.  But
here it is anyway:


I'm not saying that we should include this with Jeanette's (excellent)
letter, but I offer it in case it offers thought.  Haven't read or edited
in well over a year so I'm sure that it's outdated.

On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 7:49 AM, "Kleinwächter, Wolfgang" <
wolfgang.kleinwaechter at medienkomm.uni-halle.de> wrote:

> This is a rasonable text. Probably it can be shorten a little bit. I
> support it.
> wolfgang
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: governance-request at lists.igcaucus.org im Auftrag von Jeanette Hofmann
> Gesendet: Mo 01.09.2014 16:46
> An: discuss at 1net.org; Best Bits; governance at lists.igcaucus.org
> Betreff: [governance] Draft statement on making IGF permanent
> Hi all,
> 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:
> https://etherpad.mozilla.org/LQO468JD1K
> 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
> the IGF
> 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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