About this Web site

This Web site supports the consultative process on the convening of the IGF and provides an interactive collaborative space where all stakeholders can air their views and exchange ideas.

Background

The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society invites the Secretary-General to convene a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue (para 67). The Forum is to be convened by the second quarter of 2006 in an open and inclusive process (para 72). Click here to view the mandate.

The IGF's structure, function and its working are addressed in paras 73 - 79 of the Tunis Agenda.

Other resources

Further useful resources are available on the websites of 

- The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD

- The Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

- Number Resource Organization (NRO)

- The Internet Society

- The Diplo foundation

- The Internet Governance Project

- The Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID)

- The Communication Initiative

- The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)


- The WSIS Executive Secretariat

- The UN ICT Task Force

Accessibility

This Web site aims to promote the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It tries to meet the highest standards set by the W3C.

Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.  Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the Web. Currently most Web sites and Web software have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for many people with disabilities to use the Web. As more accessible Web sites and software become available, people with disabilities are able to use and contribute to the Web more effectively.

Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. For example, a key principle of Web accessibility is designing Web sites and software that are flexible to meet different user needs, preferences, and situations. This flexibility also benefits people without disabilities in certain situations, such as people using a slow Internet connection, people with "temporary disabilities" such as a broken arm, and people with changing abilities due to aging.

The Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, and more. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help people with disabilities more actively participate in society.

The Web offers the possibility of unprecedented access to information and interaction for many people with disabilities. That is, the accessibility barriers to print, audio, and visual media can be much more easily overcome through Web technologies. There are linkages between Web accessibility and digital divide issues. Web accessibility should also be seen as an aspect of corporate social responsibility.

(The above explanation is taken from the W3C Web site.)

Funding

The Secretariat's activities are funded through extra-budgetary contributions paid into a Trust Fund administred by the United Nations. Pledges and contributions have been received so far from the following donors.

Secretariat and Copyright

Mailing Address
United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland.

Tel: +41 22 917 57 59
Fax: +41 22 917 00 92
email: [email protected]

Staff

Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator

Chengetai Masango, Programme and Technology Manager

Avri Doria, part-time Consultant

Adam Peake, part-time Consultant

Asif Kabani, Fellow

Sovala Agaiava, Fellow

Ulemu Nyasulu, Fellow

Seiiti Arata, Intern

Teara Collins, Intern

UNOG Press Services
Media Contact

Rolando Gomez
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +4122 917 23 26



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