This is a call for proposals for workshops
which will be held in parallel to the General Sessions. Organizers of
workshops are asked to present their proposals making use of the
template posted below. Proposals should respect the organizational
principles and criteria for the selection of workshops. The Advisory
Group will assess the proposals. Workshops are expected to last 90
minutes. The final schedule will be determined in light of the number
of proposals submitted.
- The guiding organizational principle for holding workshops is
the multi-stakeholder approach. Geographical diversity is an equally
- There is no distinction between different types of meetings other than the one referring to General Sessions and Workshops.
- All proposals fulfilling the selection criteria and using the template will be posted on the IGF Web site.
- Proposals should preferably be submitted in English. 30th June
2007 is set as the final deadline for submitting proposals in
- Interested parties are encouraged to submit their proposals as
early as possible, as the selection process will take place on an
ongoing basis. An early decision will facilitate the planning of
- The rooms reserved for workshops and all equipment,
including a screen and a PC or laptop for projections and a projector
(XGA/SVGA Data), will be available free of charge. Details related to
the logistics will be made available in due course. No Secretariat
funding is available for the organization of workshops.
- There will be no interpretation available for workshops.
Content and format
- Workshops will focus on the specific issues relevant to the
Rio de Janeiro meeting themes as well as on other topics of relevance
to Internet Governance. (More details are available on the draft programme outline.)
- Workshops dealing with topics that are addressed in the main meeting will not be scheduled at the same time as the main meeting.
- Workshops should explore a theme from different angles and
different stakeholders' perspectives. Pure advocacy workshops will not
- All workshops will be audiocast.
- Workshops should respect the general format of meetings and
should be structured to be interactive, allowing a large portion of
their time for open discussion and interaction with meeting attendees,
such as a Q&A session. They could include keynote presentations,
moderated panels and discussions both from the floor and from remote
participants. Workshops should be designed with the format that is most
appropriate to the particular topic under discussion.
- Relevance to the main themes and sub-themes. Priority will be given to proposals related to the main themes
- Demonstratively proposed or organized following the multi-stakeholder principle.
- Capacity to improve understanding of the IGF themes and topics.
- Proven experience, expertise and capacity to manage the
staging of the workshop, including the raising of funds necessary to do
Template for submitting proposals
- Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop
- Provide the Name of the Organizer(s) of the workshop and their Affiliation to various stakeholder
groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including
- Why do you think the proposed theme is important?
- Describe the workshop’s conformity with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
- Provide the Name and Affiliation of the panellists you are planning to invite.
- Describe the main actors in the field. Have you
approached them and asked whether they would be willing to participate
in proposed workshop?
- List similar events you have organized in the past.
Proposals should not exceed 1000 words.
The organizers will be asked to prepare a
short summary report of their workshop. A template for the report will
be made available in due course.