IGF 2014 Programme Paper
The ninth annual meeting of the IGF will be held from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. The objective of each annual IGF programme is to maximize the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas; to try and create feedback loops between the different types of sessions; to create opportunities to share good practices and experiences; to build capacities amongst all stakeholders; and to allow participants in Istanbul and participating remotely to listen, engage in dialogue and learn as well as to identify key themes that could, in the future, benefit from the multi-stakeholder perspective of the IGF. Each year the programming process builds on lessons learned from previous meetings to try and produce the best experience for IGF stakeholders.
The programme for the IGF meeting in Istanbul is based on past year’s programme’s and specifically takes into account the proceedings of the open consultations and MAG meeting held from 19-20 February 2014 and the online meetings of the MAG held since then. The open consultations and MAG meeting held from 19-21 May 2014 also informed the document. The 9th IGF programme intends to introduce new innovations in the overall format and thematic substance in light of comments received from the IGF multi-stakeholder community since the 8th IGF in Bali as well as the recommendations of the CSTD Working Group on IGF improvements, the recommendations stemming from the NETmundial and other related Internet governance processes.