Submitted Proposals

Organization: AfriNIC
Title :
Internet Number Resource Management in the IPv4 to IPv6 transition context.
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are the numbers that uniquely identify and enable the connection of all the devices on the Internet. These devices can be an originating point, an intermediate point, or the destination point. IP addresses are used by a process called routing to move parcels of data called packets from an originating point through any intermediate points to a destination point. Two IP address versions have co-existed since 1999. The predominant version of IP in use today is version 4 (IPv4). However, it is estimated by various experts that the central pool of the predominant version, IPv4, will reach its depletion point within the next three to four years.

Although it is clear that version 6 (IPv6) is the clear solution for depletion of the IPv4 central pool, it is important to look at what will happen during this gray (transition) period from when the central pool depletes to when IPv6 becomes the predominant protocol of the Internet Infrastructure.

There is a need for a proper coordination in this regard among all stakeholders in the community, be they public, private, or civil society sectors, during the gray period. This coordination includes

1) Ensuring the stability of the Internet by smoothing the shift from the Internet infrastructure where IPv4 is predominant to one where IPv6 is predominant;

2) Providing mechanisms which will ensure ongoing orderly management and use of IPv4 address space, both during the gray period and for as long as
IPv4 is still in use;

3) Shortening the gray period by providing mechanisms and incentives for the rapid adoption of IPv6 thus removing the conditions that require actions in items 1 and 2.

Several initiatives are being taken in the RIR and Internet Operator communities to deal with the operational aspects of these issues both locally and globally. It is equally important that we look at these issues from differing points of view, specifically how to hasten the predominance of IPv6 thus reducing the length of the gray period. We must identify those things that are appropriate for us to do and act accordingly.

This workshop will try to address each aspect of this responsibility and set the path toward a more cooperative and efficient campaign to work through the gray period and raise the awareness of all the stakeholders of the Internet service and application provision chain.

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.

- Paul Wilson (NRO - Confirm)

- Alain Aina (TRSTECH - TBC)

- Hytham El Nakal (Egypt - TBC)

- Representative  South Africa Government (TBC)

- Boubakar Bary (African Association of Univerities - TBC, Contact is beeing taken with Rep from Accademia from Asia)

Other to be added (Confirmation will be given later)



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.

Number Resource Organisation (NRO) – Private Sector / Civil Society

ITU (TBC) - Intergovernmental Organisation

Government of Egypt (TBC)

Government of Senegal (TBC)

Government of South Africa (TBC)

Government of Japan (TBC)

African Association of University AAU (TBC) - Accademia


China Education and Research Network - CERNET (TBC) - China - Accademia

As shown above, the organizer will be composed of multi-stakeholder entities from the public, private, and civil society sectors, with geographic coverage of Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

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


Yes, its goal is to address the challenges of the IPv4-IPv6 transition with an approach that involved all stakeholders. It will try to address each aspect of this responsibility and set the path toward a more cooperative and efficient campaign to work through the gray period and raise the awareness of all the stakeholders of the Internet service and application provision chain.

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.

For the Tunis Agenda:

We believe this workshop is conform to the Tunis Agenda paragraph 35 36, 37, 45 and 49, which call for cooperation and coordination among all stakeholder for Internet Governance in general and related issue.

For the IGF mandate:

We believe this workshop is conform to the mandates of the IGF, as described in paragraphs 72-a, 72-b, 72-d, 72-e, 72-g, 72-h, 72-j of the Tunis Agenda.

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

The NRO organized workshops on Internet Number Resources during the past two IGF meetings. Beside that the NRO and its RIR members continuously and routinely organize training, Public Policy meetings and awareness events across the planet in all regions both developing and developed.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?