The Tenth Annual IGF Meeting is scheduled to take place in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10-13 November 2015.
[NEW] Call for Contributions - Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion
To enrich the potential for IGF outputs, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has developed an intersessional programme called ”Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion”. The programme is to complement other intersessional IGF activities, and the outputs from this programme are intended to become robust resources, to serve as inputs into other pertinent forums, and to evolve and grow over time.
In order to have your contribution reflected in the first draft of the report (which will be published mid-July 2015), please submit your contribution by the end of June 2015. For national and regional IGF initiatives that will only have their meetings later in the year, later submissions are welcomed and will be considered for subsequent versions of the draft report.
[NEW] How did IGF 2014 fare on gender, and what are we doing to promote diversity at IGF 2015?
With the aim of monitoring and assessing the level of gender parity and inclusion at the IGF’s workshop sessions, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has been monitoring IGF workshops since 2011. The report from IGF 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey, has just been published on GenderIT.org and measures how IGF 2014 workshops fared on gender in not only participant representation, but also the topics covered by workshops.
Following the useful conclusions of and recommendations from this report, the IGF Secretariat has already revised workshop reporting requirements for IGF 2015 with the objective of making IGF 2015 more inclusive. Workshop organizers have already been informed accordingly.
Participate in WSIS outcomes implementation review – deadline 24 June 2015
On 2 July 2015, the President of the UN General Assembly will convene informal interactive consultations with stakeholders on the review of implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at UN Headquarters in New York. These consultations are part of the preparatory process for the 15-16 December 2015 (Date TBC) UN General Assembly high-level meeting on WSIS+10, and will follow a 1 July UN Member State preparatory meeting.
To apply to speak in the informal interactive consultations with stakeholders on the review of implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10), complete the form here
[NEW] Resource Person Registration
A Resource Person list is currently being compiled in preparation for the IGF 2015 event in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. The purpose of this is to enable support from the appropriate expertise to workshop proposers and other sessions at the IGF. The type of support is unrestricted, from subject expertise, advisory, providing underrepresented perspective etc.
We strongly encourage anyone interested in becoming a Resource Person to register on this list, and to circulate this opportunity to their respective communities to increase the pool of resources.
Accepted Workshop Proposals
The third and final stage of the workshop evaluation process is now completed. In total 104 workshops have been selected for the IGF 2015. A list of all the accepted workshops is available here.
All workshops were provided written feedback from the MAG, and those accepted are requested to update their proposal using the online form available here. The deadline for updating the proposal is July 1, midnight UTC.
For those workshops that need to identify new panelists, a list is available here of experts that have volunteered to function as a resource person.
Call for Public input: Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion
In order to enrich the potential for IGF outcomes, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) is developing a new intersessional program intended to complement and include the input of other IGF activities. The topic for the new programme, “Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion”, was chosen for the 2015 intersessional work after an earlier public consultation during the preparatory process for IGF 2015 in Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
A word document with further details of the programme and call for input can be found here.
IGF 2015 website
The official website for IGF Brazil 2015 in João Pessoa is up, make sure to visit for more information of the event: http://www.igf2015.br/
We also encourage all participants to comment and participate on social media using #IGF2015
Requests to organize IGF pre-events
Slots for pre-events will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into account space availability and the request received.
Call for participation in the 2015 IGF Inter-Sessional Activities
All stakeholders are welcome to join and participate in the inter-sessional activities of the IGF, to learn more please join the inter-sessional working group mailing list.
Stakeholders are also invited to participate in the 2015 Best Practice Forums (BPFs) by joining the following mailing lists:
- Regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications
- Establishing and supporting Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs)
- Developing meaningful multistakeholder participation mechanisms
- Practices to countering abuse against women online
Furthermore, the MAG has recommended that a formal invitation be extended to all national and regional initiatives both to contribute to the horizontal global inter-sessional theme for this year: "Policy Menus for Connecting the Next Billion", and to develop messages and/ or conclusions that will support the global IGF inter-sessional work.
For this reason, national and regional IGF initiatives are kindly invited to:
- Introduce the theme and sub-themes of the upcoming IGF to the discussions held during 2015 whenever possible;
- Provide suggestions relating to ideas on the basic pillars that will help operationalize and advance inter-sessional work during 2015;
- Contribute to the discussions regarding the development of “Policy Menus for Connecting the Next Billion”;
- Distribute this message widely within their respective IGFs; and
- Make any suggestions and/or inputs on how to maximise, facilitate and strengthen their engagement with BPF and inter-sessional work.
Call for Workshop Proposals
Workshop proposal submission forms for the 2015 IGF meeting are now available. The deadline for submission has passed and no late submissions will be considered. The guidelines for workshop proposals and the MAG workshop review and evaluation process are also available, along with a list of considerations for workshop proposers.
Overarching Theme and Sub-Themes
After consulting the wider Internet community and discussing the overarching theme of the 2015 IGF meeting, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group decided to retain the title “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. This theme will be supported by eight sub-themes that will frame the discussions at the João Pessoa meeting:
- Cybersecurity and Trust;
- Internet Economy;
- Inclusiveness and Diversity;
- Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation;
- Internet and Human Rights;
- Critical Internet Resources;
- Emerging Issues.
Please refer to the MAG Chair's Blog for further information.
Open Call for Input on Inter-Sessional Work
Following the initial MAG meetings for the 2015 IGF an Open Call for Input on Inter-sessional Work was issued, a number of contributions were received from the community which finally led to the publication of the following draft work-plan for the IGF inter-sessional activities.
Proposals for an overarching theme and sub-themes for IGF 2015
A list of all proposals for the IGF 2015 overarching theme and sub-themes (those made during the December meeting and those submitted during the online public consultations) is available.
Renewal of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group
A press release announcing the renewal of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group has been issued.
Open Consultations and MAG Meeting
The first Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) Meeting in the IGF 2015 preparatory process took place on 1-3 December 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. These consultations also took stock of the IGF 2014 meeting, looking at what worked well and what did not.
The summary report of the meeting is available.
Taking stock of IGF 2014 and looking forward to IGF 2015
Stakeholders were invited to submit written contributions taking stock of the IGF 2014 meeting and looking forward to the IGF 2015 meeting, including suggestions on the format, schedule and themes. Eighteen contributions were received and they are available for public viewing.
A synthesis paper summarizing the received contributions is available. The paper in intended to form an input for the Open Consultations and MAG Meeting of 1-3 December 2014.
IGF 2014 Best Practice Forums Outcome Documents
The final outcome documents of the five Best Practice Forums held at the 2014 IGF meeting are now available, together with a general overview of the process. They reflect the rough consensus views of the lead experts and contributing stakeholders and make suggestions for future work.
The Ninth Annual IGF Meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-5 September 2014. The overarching theme for the meeting was: "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance" with the following subthemes.
The final Chair's Summary of the Ninth IGF Meeting is available.
Workshop Evaluation Forms are available.
The IGF 2014 Evaluation Survey is available.
Session transcripts and recordings
Transcripts of IGF 2014 sessions are available.
Video recordings of the IGF 2014 sessions are available.
IGF 2014 session reports are available.
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