[discuss] Draft statement on making IGF permanent

Jeanette Hofmann jeanette at wzb.eu
Tue Sep 2 06:34:16 UTC 2014

Hi all,

(sorry, cross-posting still necessary since not everyone is on each of 
these lists)

Thanks to those who commented, here is a quick update of comments 
received so far:

1. Substance: Ryn and otherers made the important point that projects in 
the UN environment are by definition temporary. If we ask the Generaly 
Assembly to make the IGF a permanent entity, such a request could imply 
a change of status that we did not mean to ask for.

This does not necessarily mean we should drop the whole statement but 
that we have to be careful about its language and that we need to get 
advise from the diplomats @ IGF.

2. Title: People find it awkward. Others say it should address the UN 
General Assembly.
Again others want a subtitle that would frame it as a statement from the 
IGF stakeholders (meaning: we practically produce outcomes even if we 
cannot formally agree whether or not we want the IGF to produce outcomes)

3. Text: too long, should be shortened but also incude other aspects 
such as those that Avri mentioned: funding, successes of the IGF

4. Language: should be softer to comply with UN style

5. End: too ubrupt, could be more passionate

6. Operational: Deadline for comments should be Wednesday night, IGF 
local time, so that we have enough time on Thursday to get support for it.
Statement should be read in the closing session?

I am grateful for all suggestions on how to proceed from here. We are 
inventing the drafting process while I am writing this.


Am 02.09.14 07:00, schrieb Avri Doria:
> (removed cross posting)
> Hi,
> I agree that the letter makes a good case and is a good start.
> I think we need to add a few elements, while working on keeping the text
> relatively brief
> I think the letter needs to include some information about the
> development of a sustainable funding model and that this requires the
> ability to do longer range planning.  I have added some text to that end.
> I think it is also important to add a bit about the successes of the
> IGF, perhaps including some of the information that is being collected
> on the IGF's effect on the Internet ecosystem in its the first 9 years.
>   As the IGF has been collecting this material, perhaps some examples can
> be lifted from that effort/report.  I am not aware of the progress being
> made on that report and whether it is available at this point.
> Thanks to Stephanie and Jeanette for the start that was made.
> avri
> On 01-Sep-14 16:49, "Kleinwächter, Wolfgang" 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
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