The Internet Governance Forum
Welcome to the website of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multistakeholder platform that enables the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. For more information on the IGF and its mandate, click here.
The IGF Code of Conduct provides guidelines for participating in IGF meetings and processes.
The 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF): ‘Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, is tentatively scheduled to take place from 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 2016 overall programme and intersessional activities are being built in a bottom-up manner in consultation with the growing IGF multistakeholder community, with an aim to enhance participation from stakeholders from developing countries, youth and those joining the IGF online.
Last December, the General Assembly endorsed the remarkable progress of the Internet and information and communication technologies at the overall review of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). As part of the outcome of WSIS+10, the General Assembly acknowledged the role of the IGF as a multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues and decided to extend for another 10 years the existing mandate of the IGF. IGF work moving forward will also support the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which relate in one way or another to the Internet and information and communication technologies.
Following the retreat held 14-16 July 2016 on “Advancing the Ten-Year Mandate of the IGF”, a compilation of the ideas and suggestions that emerged is now available for public comment. The compilation document is structured according to the retreat’s programme, outlining possible areas of improvement for the IGF in the ten years ahead. More information on the retreat itself is available here.
All IGF stakeholders are encouraged to share their comments and additional suggestions for review by the community, and as input to the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF): ‘Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, scheduled to take place from 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
This public consultation will be open until 26 September 2016.
Click here to download PDF of the IGF Retreat Proceedings
IGF pre-events will be held on 5 December 2016. Organizations interested in arranging pre-events are invited to send their requests to email@example.com indicating: 1) the title and a short description of the event; 2) the number of people expected to attend the event; 3) the requested time slot.
Slots for pre-events will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, taking into account space availability and the request received.
The IGF Secretariat received 260 proposals for workshops at IGF2016. Some figures on the proposals - including stakeholder and regional breakdowns - are available here.
Following the previously announced selection process, the individuals listed here have been selected by the UN Secretariat to participate in a two-day working retreat on "Advancing the 10-year mandate of the IGF".
The UN Secretariat would like to thank all individuals and organizations who took part in the nomination process. Further information on the substantive programme of the retreat can be found here and in the draft agenda; logistical details are available here.
A two-day working retreat on "Advancing the 10-Year Mandate of the IGF" will take place on 14-16 July 2016 in Glen Cove, New York. All relevant stakeholders, stakeholder groups and institutions were welcome to submit nominations for participants in the retreat before Tuesday 7 June. Detailed information is available here. FAQs on the Retreat are also available.
All IGF stakeholders were invited to submit their workshop proposals for the 2016 IGF, until Monday 6 June. Please click here for all relevant information, including:
An IGF Information Session was held during the annual WSIS Forum on Thursday 5 May. See the agenda.
Statement from Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo available here.
Full list of members available here.