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RETREAT ON “ADVANCING THE 10-YEAR MANDATE

OF THE INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (IGF)”

Glen Cove, New York

14 –16 June 2016

 

 

Place and Time of Retreat

The retreat will be held at Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, New York. All participants will have their accommodation and meals provided for at the venue for the duration of the retreat. Rooms have already been booked by DESA for the nights of 14 and 15 July and participants do not need to make hotel reservations for those nights. Funded participants arriving on 13 July and leaving on 17 July will, however, have to independently make hotel bookings for the nights of 13 and 16 July (please see “Entitlements” below).

Arrival in Glen Cove will be on the afternoon or evening of 14 July followed by a working dinner. The work programme on 15 and 16 July will begin at 08:30 and end at approximately 18:30. Programme details, as well as meal and break times, are available in the draft agenda here.

 

Local Transportation

All participants will have access to two free shuttle buses between UN Headquarters and Glen Cove, about one’s hour drive from Manhattan. The shuttle buses will leave from 1st Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets on the UN side. The first bus will depart on 14 July at 14:30; the second bus will depart at 18:15. There will be one bus for the return journey at the end of the retreat on 16 July at 18:00 stopping at the above-mentioned location.

 

Visa

If necessary, participants must obtain a visa through the United States Consulate or Embassy in their country. Information on United States visa requirements and procedures can be found at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html.

An invitation letter to support a participant’s visa application can be obtained on request by contacting Ms. Eleonora Mazzucchi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

International Travel

Those receiving travel funding support should note:

Ø  The UN Secretariat will provide you a round-trip economy class ticket for travel to New York and return by the most direct and economical route.

Ø  You will be contacted by the United Nations travel management service provider, American Express Travel (AMEX), which will issue your ticket in accordance with United Nations procedures.

Ø  The authorized date of arrival in New York will be 13 July 2016, i.e. the day before the working dinner on the 14th; and departure from New York will be 17 July 2016, i.e. the day following the close of the retreat. Any increase in the ticket cost, resulting from a change in travel itinerary or travel dates, must be borne by the participant.

The AMEX office can be contacted by telephone on +1 877 418-9652 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Entitlements

Funded participants will receive full daily subsistence allowance (DSA) at the New York rate of $385/day on 13 July; they will receive 20% DSA at the U.S. rate of $55.60/day on 14 and 15 July since all meals, accommodation and transportation will be provided at Glen Cove; full DSA at the New York rate of $385/day will be provided on 16 July. Funded participants will not have the option of spending their final night (16 July) in Glen Cove. They must independently make hotel bookings for the nights of the 13th and 16th of July in New York. 

To collect their DSA, funded participants will meet with Ms. Adriana Ribeiro (identified with an IGF sign) on the morning of the 14th of July at 9:30 a.m. at the Visitors' Entrance of UNHQ, on 1st Avenue and 46th Street. 

 

Documentation

Please refer to the relevant background documentation below:

-Tunis Agenda 

-Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)

-Report of the CSTD Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum

-Report of the IGF Secretariat to the CSTD 17th Session: Ongoing Implementation of the of the CSTD Working Group Recommendations on Improvements to the IGF

-Report to the CSTD on the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): 2015 Input from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

-Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society 

-Synthesis Paper: Taking Stock of IGF 2015 and Looking Forward to IGF 2016 

-Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels: Report of the United Nations Secretary-General, February 2016

-CSTD Draft ECOSOC Resolution May 2016: Assessment of the progress made in the implementation oft and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society

You are strongly encouraged to bring your laptop, tablet or other mobile device with you to the meeting. Free Wi-Fi service is available throughout the premises.

 

 

United Nations Secretariat

Mr. Chengetai Masango

Programme and Technology Manager

IGF Secretariat

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Dépendance La Pelouse, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: +41 (0) 229 175768

 

Mr. Wai-Min Kwok

Governance and Public Administration Officer

Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Two UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017, United States

E-mail: kwok@un.org; Tel: 1-917-367-3026

 

(For administrative/financial matters)

 

Ms. Adriana Ribeiro

Programme Assistant, DPADM/DESA

Two UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017, United States

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: 1-212-963-2764

 

Ms. Eleonora Mazzucchi

Programme Management Assistant

IGF Secretariat

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Dépendance La Pelouse

Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: +41 (0) 229 173678