IGF 2019 Pre-Event #3 Improving evidence-based Internet policies: UNESCO calls for your support of national assessments using the R.O.A.M.-X Indicator

UNESCO (jointly with 10 multi-stakeholder co-organizors)


Co-organizers: Germany National Commission of UNESCO, the Council of Europe, OECD, Association of Progressive Communications, Internet Society, ICANN, CETIC.br, Missions Publiques, GNI, GFMD Upon completion of a two-year global multi-stakeholder consultation process on defining Internet Universality Indicators, the final outcome of R.O.A.M.-X indicators (Rights, Openness, Access, Multi-stakeholder, Crosscutting) framework has been given green light by UNESCO’s IPDC (International Program for Development of Communication) Council for voluntary assessments at national level since November 2018. In conjunction with multi-stakeholder partners, this pre-event is dedicated to presenting UNESCO’s outcome of the R.O.A.M.-X indicators framework and showcasing the initial national assessment results using these indicators as conducted in a number of countries across Africa, Latin America, Arab and Europe. The ROAM-X indicators framework is a unique and powerful resource developed through an extensive process of research, consultation and analysis. The work of national assessments aim to measure all six categories of indicators (either full 303 indicators or the core 110 ones) in a country. The national assessment process aims to: • present a clear and substantive understanding of the national Internet environment and policies; • assess that environment and policies are in conform to UNESCO’s R.O.A.M. principles • develop policy recommendations and practical initiatives that will enable the country to meet their goals and to align to with UNESCO principles as the Internet evolves. By displaying good practices of conducting national assessments of indicators across several continents, UNESCO invites stakeholders to debate on how to implement those policy recommendations at national levels. UNESCO encourages IGF stakeholders to consider conducting national assessment using R.O.A.M.-X indicators in more countries and trigger the policy debates for improving the Internet development at national and global levels. UNESCO encourages and welcomes those key actors and research institutions and individuals to express their interest in supporting the national assessments process and stands ready to join partnership and synergy agreements. UNESCO will also offer onsite training to interested actors and research teams on the implementation process and research methodology for them to conduct national assessment of indicators in their countries. 

Webpage: https://en.unesco.org/themes/internet-universality-indicators

Contact: Xianhong Hu (UNESCO), Email: [email protected]




09:00 – 9:45



Opening presentation: Launch of Internet Universality indicators and implementation process

by Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


  1. Mr Léon Juste Ibombo, Ministre des Postes, des Télécommunications et de l'économie numérique du Congo Brazzaville
  2. Mr. Andrés Michelena Ayala,Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society from Ecuador
  3. Mr. Miguel Martín, Vice-Minister of Technologies, Paraguay
  4. Ms. Constance Bommelaer, ISOC


Moderator:  Ms. Dorothy Gordon, IFAP Chair of UNESCO


9:45 – 10:30



Country assessments in Africa



  1. Kenya: Ms. Grace Githaiga, Kictnet
  2. Senegal: Mr. Elvis Michel Kenmoe
  3. Benin: Mr. Alain Kiyindou, UNESCO Chair
  4. Ghana: Ms.Dorothy Gordon, IFAP Chair of UNESCO


Moderator:  Mr. Elvis Michel Kenmoe, UNESCO






Country assessment in Asia Pacific and  Arab States



  1. Tunisia: Ms. Karima Mahmoudi, INTT and Ms.Wafa Ben-Hassine
  2. Thailand: Mr. Arthit Suriyawongkul, Thai Netizen network (TBC)
  3. Nepal:  (TBC)
  4. South Korea:  Ms. Kyoungmi Oh, Researcher, Open Net Korea
  5. Sudan: Mr. Paul Hector, UNESCO

Moderator: Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


Coffee Break

11:30-12:15 Speakers:

Country assessments in Latin America



Brazil: Mr. Alexandre Barbosa and Mr. Fabio Senne, CETIC.br

Paraguay:  Mr. Miguel Martín, Vice-Minister of Technologies 

Uruguay:  Ms. Susana Dornel, Presidential Agency for e-Government and Information Society

Ecuador:  Mr. Andrés Michelena Ayala,Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society from Ecuador


Moderator:  Guilherme Canela, UNESCO





Country assessments in Europe:


France: Mr. Lucien Castex, ISOC in France

Serbia:  Mr. Danilo Krivokapic, SHARE Foundation

Poland: TBC


Moderator: Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO





Thematic debates on methodology and implementation process, lessons learned


Proposed discusants


  1. GFMD
  2. Missions Publiques
  3. ICANN
  4. OECD


Moderator:  Mr. Guilherme Canela, UNESCO