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IGF 2017 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting

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IGF 2017 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting

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IGF Open Consultations and MAG Meeting, 1-3 March 2017

Room XII – UN Office at Geneva (UNOG)


The main purpose of the 3-day meeting is to take stock of the IGF 2016 meeting and intersessional processes, as well as take forward discussions on the programme and structure of the IGF 2017 meeting in Switzerland and other ongoing IGF activities. All interested stakeholders are invited to join and participate in the Open Consultations and MAG Meeting. Online participation will be available for those unable to join physically in Geneva.


Day 1: 1 March 2017 - Open Consultations



Agenda Item

10:00 - 11:00

  1. Opening statements and adoption of the agenda

a)    Welcome by MAG Chair

b)    Presentation by 2016 Host Country

c)    2017 Host - General statement on IGF 2017


11:00 - 13:00

  1. Taking stock of IGF 2016 (while setting expectations for IGF 2017)

a)    Secretariat’s summary of the inputs received to the stocktaking process

b)    Comments on programme (main theme, sub-themes), structure (session types, schedule), logistics of IGF 2016 and lessons learned, suggestions for improvement

c)   Comments on 2016 IGF intersessional activities and lessons learned, suggestions for improvement

d)   Comments on Day 0, suggestions for improvement


13:00 - 15:00

Lunch (Informal Informational Presentation on IGF Trust Fund)

15:00 - 18:00

  1. Updates from related Internet Governance initiatives and processes, followed by open discussion on possible IGF 2017 activities/collaboration (Updates from European Commission, ICANN, WEF and others, both from the floor and from online participants)

      4. Follow-Up on 2016 Retreat on Advancing the 10-year Mandate of the IGF

18.30 - 19.30 Reception hosted by ICANN 2017 Nominating Committee ~ 8th Floor, UNOG


Day 2: 2 March 2017 - MAG Meeting (open to observers)



Agenda Item

10:00 - 13:00

  1. Opening statements

a)    Introduction of new MAG members and Q&A for new members (on-site and remote)

b)    2016 IGF Host’s remarks

  1.  IGF 2017 Host presentation on preparations for 12th IGF

      3. Discussion on possible approaches/general outline of overall IGF 2017                       preparatory process.  

a)    Shaping the programme of IGF 2017 (themes and sub-themes) -workshops, open forums and other sessions; identifying main theme, sub-themes if appropriate, working ‘tracks’, possible capacity building sessions; integration of intersessional work and National and Regional IGFs, etc.

  1. Discussion on possible 2017 IGF intersessional activities

a)    Types of activities (Best Practice Forums, Dynamic Coalitions, Synergies with National and Regional IGFs, CENB, others, etc.)

b)    Creation of working groups and timetable(s) for intersessional work

13:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 18:00

      (Continuation of morning discussion)      

  1. General Discussion on IGF 2017

a)    Shaping the structure of IGF 2017 (session types and schedule)

b)    Selection criteria/timetable and mechanisms, etc. for workshops and other sessions

c)    Main sessions

d)    Other sessions including individual Best Practice Forum and Dynamic Coalition sessions, Day 0 ‘pre-events’

e)    Integration of National and Regional IGFs and other relevant Internet Governance processes into IGF 2017 programme and intersessional activities

18.30 - 19.30

           Reception hosted by the Government of Switzerland ~ 8th Floor, UNOG


Day 3: 3 March 2017 - MAG Meeting (open to observers)



Agenda Item

10:00 - 13:00

  1. Creation of (or establishing continuance of existing) MAG Working     Groups (if necessary) - Review of MAG WG on Call for Proposals and Workshop Evaluation Process

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch (Informal meeting of IGF National and Regional Initiatives)

15:00 - 18:00


  1. Continue discussions from Day 2 agenda

a)    Decisions on timetable and preparatory schedule for selection of themes, workshops and other sessions, programme structure, intersessional activities, etc.

  1. Discussion and decisions on overall preparatory calendar of meetings and milestones for IGF 2017 annual meeting and intersessional activities

      9. Any other business




Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411