Announcement from Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
In the 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, adopted on 16 December 2015, Member States acknowledged the role of the Internet Governance Forum as a multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of the Internet governance issues and extended for another 10 years the existing mandate of the Internet Governance Forum as set out in paragraphs 72 and 78 of the Tunis Agenda. Member States recognize that during that period, the Forum should continue to show progress on working modalities and the participation of relevant stakeholders from developing countries.
The Internet Governance Forum's Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has been instrumental in planning the programme of the annual IGF meetings.
We would like to express our gratitude to all past and present members of MAG who have donated their time, effort and valuable guidance in ensuring the smooth running of the IGF.
On behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) requests nominations from all stakeholder groups, according to the established principles and practices of MAG on the rotation and selection of its members. Governments, the private sector, civil society, and technical and academic communities should submit names of candidates from developed and developing countries as well as from economies in transition. Successful nominees will become part of MAG for a period of one year and will contribute to the multistakeholder consultation process, bringing the perspectives of their respective groups on Internet governance.
The deadline for submission of nominations was last 1 February 2016.
Selection and Operation Principles:
(i) MAG members are selected to achieve a balance among all stakeholder groups, while retaining regional and gender representation, according to established procedures.
(ii) All MAG members serve in their personal capacity, but are expected to have extensive linkages with their respective stakeholder groups.
(iii) The main task of MAG is to provide advice on the programme and main themes of the next meeting of the IGF. More details about the MAG can be found in the MAG Terms of Reference.
(iv) MAG members are expected to attend two to three MAG meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in addition to the annual IGF meeting. They should participate actively in the preparatory process throughout the year, through engagement in the online multilateral dialogue among MAG members.
(v) MAG meetings are open to intergovernmental organisations.
Thank you and I look forward to the continued success of the Internet Governance Forum.
Economic and Social Affairs