Submitted Proposals

Organization: French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Nominet
Title :
81. National multi-stakeholder processes and their relation to the IGF.
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
The WSIS Plan of Action (para 8b) encourages the development “at national level of a structured dialogue involving all relevant stakeholders” and the experience of the IGF is beginning to replicate in several countries.

On the basis of a few real-life experiences, this workshop will explore different national initiatives facilitating interaction with the IGF or using multi-stakeholder methods to address national policy choices. It will also provide an opportunity to identify similar initiatives already implemented or under way in other countries. Its purpose is to document, inter alia:
  • the diversity of frameworks adopted according to the local context, the actors who took the initiative and the challenges encountered;
  • the purposes of these structures or processes and the corresponding methodologies they have adopted;
  • their articulation with the global IGF and also the emerging regional ones.
This will hopefully illustrate the benefits of strengthening and enhancing the engagement of all stakeholders in existing and future Internet governance mechanisms, but also allow for exchanges of good practices and the dissemination of useful information to actors who intend to launch similar initiative in their own country or region.

Efforts have been made to gather panelists belonging to the different stakeholder groups and the format will be highly interactive to encourage participants in the workshop to share their own experiences.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
The session will be co-moderated by Bertrand de La Chapelle, Special Envoy for the Information Society in the French Foreign and European Afairs Ministry and Martin Boyle, Nominet.

France: Laurent Baup, Chargé de Mission, Forum des Droits sur l’Internet

UK: Emily Taylor, Legal and Policy Director, Nominet

Finland: Yrjö Lansipuro, Ambassador, ICT and Information Society Policy Coordinator

Italy: Stefano Trumpy, President ISOC Italy

Brazil: (name to be confirmed),

Koweit: Qusai Al Shatti, Deputy Chairman of Kuwait Information Technology Society

Sénégal: Maimouna Diop Diagne, Directrice des TIC, Ministère des Infrastructures, des Transports Terrestres, des Télécommunications et des TICs

Kenya: Alice Wanjira Munyua, coordinator of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

EuroDIG: Lee Hibbard, Administrative Officer, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe

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 geographical diversity.

French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Nominet UK.

National initiatives will demonstrate how different countries are promoting multi-stakeholder engagement.

We will ensure that there will be at least one person from each of the different sectors of government, parliament, industry, technical community, civil society and the academic community to show how full multi-stakeholder engagement has been achieved.

Four examples from different countries will ensure geographical diversity, and we will strive to involve other countries by inviting other actors to join during the May IGF consultations.

There will be at least two female speakers on the panel and particular attention will be paid to this dimension while identifying additional panelists.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The four initiating experiences – in Brazil, France, Finland and the UK – have each adopted markedly different approaches to outreach and one of the purposes of the workshop is to illustrate how similar objectives can be achieved through various means.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

The workshop will help fulfill the IGF mandate and in particular para 72 f. and 72 i. of the Tunis Agenda, by illustrating methodologies to strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing or future governance mechanisms and promoting the embodiment of WSIS principles of multi-stakeholderism in national governance frameworks.

In the UK, the UK-IGF has been established as a cooperative framework between government, parliamentarians, industry, civil society, the technical community and regulatory and enforcement agencies.  The initiative has included:  finding good examples of ways organisations have responded to the challenges of the IGF themes;  engaging with stakeholders to understand national concerns and interests;  and “walking the talk” – using IGF model of multi-stakeholder dialogue to develop national strategies for responding to concerns. 

France has created six years ago a multi-stakeholder space, the “Forum des Droits sur l’Internet” to facilitate interaction between different stakeholders, elaborate codes of conduct or recommendations and help solve disputes at the national level. In addition, a specific process has been initiated last year to regularly inform about the global IGF and facilitate its preparation.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
France : Rio Workshop on Multi-stakeholder Policy Development, involving panelists from governments (Brazil, Switzerland), business (Cisco, Sify), NGOs (APC, Congo), technical community, academia and international organizations (W3C, UNESCO, World Bank).  


UK : Best Practice workshop in Rio.  Stakeholder events in the UK involving a wide variety on interested parties including parliamentarians, government, industry and civil society.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Yes:  UK Best Practice Workshop and France’s Multi-Stakeholder Policy Development Workshop  Yes, a report was submitted in both cases.