Submitted Proposals

Organization: IT for Change
Title :
Enhanced Cooperation - What was meant by the Tunis Agenda, and what is its current status
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Tunis Agenda speaks of the need for ‘enhanced cooperation’ for global Internet policy making. There are different views about what exactly is meant by this term, and what processes will/ can constitute ‘enhanced cooperation’. IGF is the right forum to deliberate on the meaning and possibilities of this term, through wide participation of all stakeholders in the multi-stakeholder spirit of the WSIS. It is quite possible that such an open discussion pushes the process of ‘enhanced cooperation’ forward, which at present seems to be caught in a kind of a freeze, or at least some degree of confusion.


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.

IT for Change is planning to invite members of other stakeholder groups to participate in the discussions, including members of Governments, business, internet administration organizations and civil society, including specially from developing countries.

The Ministry of External Relations, Government of Brazil is a participant and has deputed a speaker for the same.

We are approaching suitable speakers and the distribution of speaker slots will be in the following manner:

Two speakers from  Civil Society.

One speaker each from governments of North and South.

One speaker each from the private sector and Internet community.

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.

IT for Change has worked along with civil society efforts in work relating to internet governance. Discussions are in progress to see that the multi-stakeholder principle, geographical diversity ad gender balance are maintained in the profile of the co-organizers.

The Ministry of External Relations, Government of Brazil is a co-organizer of the workshop.


Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

Yes, this is clearly an important goal of the workshop.

The term 'Enhanced Cooperation' is itself being varying interpreted and understood amongst different groups and it is essential that these varied perspectives be discussed and to the extent required and possible reconciled for enabling progress on this critical issue

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.

Enhanced Cooperation has been discussed within the Tunis Agenda as an important action to be taken up. See paras

69. We further recognize the need for enhanced cooperation in the future, to enable governments, on an equal footing, to carry out their roles and responsibilities, in international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, but not in the day-to-day technical and operational matters, that do not impact on international public policy issues.

71. The process towards enhanced cooperation, to be started by the UN Secretary-General, involving all relevant organizations by the end of the first quarter of 2006, will involve all stakeholders in their respective roles, will proceed as quickly as possible consistent with legal process, and will be responsive to innovation. Relevant organizations should commence a process towards enhanced cooperation involving all stakeholders, proceeding as quickly as possible and responsive to innovation. The same relevant organizations shall be requested to provide annual performance reports

Understanding the interpretation of this term and its current status is an important agenda for IGF

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
ITfC has actively participated in workshops and events relating to IGF
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

ITfC was co-organizer in two events at Rio

workshop on Critical Internet Resources

Dynamic Coalition on Framework of Principles for the Internet

Reports were submitted for both to IGF

Members from IT for Change also participated in workshops at Rio on Access (main panel), Public Policy on the Internet, Cyber security, Security as freedom of expression issue, IGF Role and Mandate workshops