The Mandate of the IGF

The mandate of the IGF is set out in Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda:

72. We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).The mandate of the Forum is to:

  1. Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;

  2. Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;

  3. Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;

  4. Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;

  5. Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;

  6. Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;

  7. Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;

  8. Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;

  9. Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;

  10. Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;

  11. Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;

  12. Publish its proceedings