WSIS about the Internet Governance Forum

From Ken and Titi Akinsanmi: Paradigma Initiative Nigeria, and Global Teenager Project, and Schoolnet Africa org.

Some information on the meeting of the Advisory Groups for the Internet Governance Forum which is on-going in Geneva:

1. The major objective of the constituted group is to prepare the agenda and structure of the IGF meeting in November (Greece);

2. As indicated in Para. 72 of the Tunis Agenda the IGF mission is to facilitate the multi-stakeholder dialogue on Internet Governance, policies on it and other emerging issues around ICTs;

3. Beneath is the Paragraph 72 clarifying the mandate of the IGF (see also Para. 73);

4. It is hoped by the end of Wednesday a final draft of the Agenda for the Greece meeting would be had ? with finalisation done virtually by the AG team;

5. Issues of that have continuously emerged for further focussed (from IG related meetings since completion of WSIS) include Development and Ig, Capacity Building, Spam, Interconnectivity (international), human Rights in the Digital World, amongst others? (see http://www.intgovforum.org/. These will be looked into for the 2006 meeting and where not possible for the next session of the IGF)- but discussions are ongoing about all that.

There is a conscious attempt to factor in the issues of development without diverting the core focus of the IGF meeting keeping in mind that there are other series of meetings follwoing up with the issues of ICT4D.

If you have any suggestions or specific inputs towards the Greece Meeting content, you an send us your comments for inclusion in our interventions where possible.

We will keep you updated at the end of the meeting as well.

The Mandate of the IGF is set out in Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda:

§ 72. We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue?called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).The mandate of the Forum is to:

a. Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;

b. Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;

c. Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;

d. Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;

e. Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;

f. Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;

g. Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;

h. Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;

i. Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;

j. Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;

k. Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;

l. Publish its proceedings.

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