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Regional IGF Initiatives

Regional and sub-regional IGFs are organized by a multistakeholder organizing teams from different regions. In most of the cases, the criteria around which the regional classifications are developed, is geographical location. Depending on the size of the mapped area, they are classified as regional and sub-regional. 
The overall objective of these IGFs is to create a unique space where different stakeholders from the region can discuss issues pertaining to the Internet, reflecting the need of their respective communities. It facilitates exchanges of the experiences and ideas between stakeholders from the region and contributes to a better engagement of the mapped communities amongst themselves, but also with the global IGF.

Below table shows the current record of the existing regional and sub-regional IGFs.

Regional IGF Initiatives

Name About 2016 and 2017 Annual Meeting Information Annual Meeting Report
African IGF (AfIGF)

AfIGF hosted its first regional, annual IGF meeting in 2012.

The main objective of this regional IGF is to provide a platform for an inclusive multilateral, multistakeholder and multilingual discussion on issues pertinent to the Internet in Africa in general and Internet Governance issues in particular. 

4 - 6 December 2017, Cairo, Egypt Africa IGF Annual 2016 Report
Arab IGF Arab IGF was established in 2012.  
It aimes to create a multistakeholder platform to discuss all public policies issues related to Internet governance, especially the issues raised in the "Internet Governance Forum" with the aim of achieving the international governance and management of the Internet and promoting the Internet access, security, stability and development. 
TBD 2016: N/A
Asia Pacific IGF (APrIGF)

APrIGF was convened in 2010 year.

The core objective is to raise awareness and encourage participation from relevant stakeholders around the region on Internet governance issues, as well as to foster multi-lateral, multi-stakeholder discussion about issues pertinent to the Internet in Asia.

26 - 29 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand 

Central Africa IGF (CA-IGF)

CA-IGF was established inn 2009 year.

The major objective is to review the pressing issues related to Internet governance. The Forum brings together all stakeholders of this respective region, to present different experiences specific to this sub-region, as well as to take stock of the progress and map the gaps in the integration process of Internet as an engine for development.

11 - 12 April 2017,
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Central Africa  2016 Annual IGF Report
Central Asia IGF (CAIGF)

CAIGF was organized in 2016 year.

The main purpose of the Forum is the creation of a public platform for the discussion of relevant policies regarding Internet governance in Central Asian syb-region. 

22 - 23 June 2017, Dushanbe,Tajikistan

Central Asia Annual 2016 Report
Caribbean IGF (CIGF)

CIGF was organized in 2006 year.

The overall objective of this regional IGF is to establish a unique forum space and to engage stakeholders in the development of appropriate policies and structures for Internet governance (IG) in the Caribbean region.

21 - 23 August 2017,      Tortola, British Virgin Islands Caribbean Annual 2016 Report
Commonwealth IGF TBA TBA  
East Africa IGF (EA-IGF)

EA-IGF was convened in 2008 with a participation from five countries: Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

The Forum aims at creating a Community of Practice that will build a sustaining foundation for meaningful participation of East African
stakeholders in Internet public policy debates at the national, regional and international level.  

European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG)

EuroDIG is created in 2008 by several different stakeholder groups.

The main aim of EuroDIG is to promote the engagement of Europeans in multistakeholder dialogue in order to share their expertise and best practice and, where possible, identify common ground. This enables EuroDIG to pull together national perspectives and to apply and shape European values and views regarding the Internet.

5 - 6 June 2018,
Tbilisi, Georgia

6 - 7 June 2017,
Tallinn, Estonia

EuroDIG Annual 2017 Report (Messages from Tallinn)

EuroDIG Annual 2016 Report 
(Messages from Brussels)

IGF Latin American and Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the IGF (LACIGF)

LACIGF was organized in 2008. 

The aim of the Forum is to help identify relevant and priority topics for Latin America and the Caribbean to be considered and discussed at the regional and global level. A complementary goal is to promote the regional community's participation in releavnt global debates, thus bringing discussions closer to the region.

2 - 4 August 2017,
Panama City, Panama


Macao IGF
(Status Pending)

Sub-regional IGF of Macao was established in 2016 year. 

Through communication and exchange ideas, Macao IGF obtains different angles of view on Internet governance, in order to foster building and maintaining an eternal network development of this respectful region.

    21 July 2016,      Macao, China Macao Annual 2016 Report
Pacific IGF

The Pacific sub-regional IGF was organzied in 2017. 

The Forum serves as a platform for discussion, exchange and collaboration of Internet Governance issues in the Pacific region.

The stated objective is to contribute to improving regulatory and technical capabilities of member countries, specifically with enlightened involvement in the governance of the Internet

17 - 18 May 2017,
Port Vila,  Vanuatu
Pacific Annual 2017 Report
North Africa IGF

North African IGF was officially inaugurated in 2017.

Its mission is to create a unique platform for the respective community of this region to discuss the issues pertaining to the Internet governance.

2 - 3 December 2017,
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Persian IGF Initiative inactive.  Initiative inactive. Initiative inactive.
Southern Africa IGF (SAIGF)

SAIGF was convened in 2012 year.

It aims for fostering the engagement of the community members in a discussion on Internet governance. 

South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG)

SEEDIG was established in 2015 year.

It creates a space for an open, inclusive and informal dialogue on Internet governance issues between stakeholders from South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

24 - 25 May 2017,

Ohrid, FYR Macedonia

SEEDIG Annual 2017 Report


SEEDIG Annual 2016 Report

West Africa IGF (WAIGF)

WAIGF is a project established in 2008 year, that gathers around eight countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambie, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Togo).

It aims to promote Internet Governance issues in this region through a multi-stakeholder process.

27 - 28 July 2017, 
Cotonou, Benin 


Note: The above information are being published as received.

In case you would like to organize a regional or a sub-regional IGF, or to engage in any of the existing ones, please contact the IGF Secretariat at agengo[at]unog[dot]ch.

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