IGF 2020 Pre-Event #16 UNESCO’s launch of IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators and presentation of national assessments

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 (10:00 UTC) - Monday, 2nd November, 2020 (16:05 UTC)
Room 3
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UNESCO is organizing a 5-hour special  pre-event on Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators (IUIs) at IGF 2020 from 11 am to 5 pm CET on Day 0, Monday November 2nd, to showcase the national assessment results from 21 countries across the five continents, in order to share cases of good practice and the lessons learned from conducting assessments of IUIs at a national level. UNESCO also takes the occasion of this pre-event to launch a Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators. In addition to this event and as invited by MAG, UNESCO is welcome to report to the IGF plenary on the major outcomes of the IUis assessments event to inform the national policy makers for fostering policy changes. 

Objective 1: Presentation of the national assessments in 21 countries

The list of countries of IUIs is as follows with the assessment in Brazil, Benin, Senegal and Kenya completed and the rest ongoing: 

  • Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Niger, Ethiopia in Africa,   
  • Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Uzbekistan in Asia,   
  • Tunisia, Sudan Jordan, Palestine in the Arab region,  
  •  Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay in Latin America,   
  • Germany, France and Serbia in Europe


Objective 2: Launch of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators


Based on its deep engagement with IGF community in the past 15 years, UNESCO is launching this Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators at the IGF 2020, as a new shared space for advocating ROAM principles worldwide, sharing experiences and raising awareness of the value of these ROAM-X indicators and good practice in applying them in more countries. This Dynamic Coalition will also be used to strengthen UNESCO’s synergies and partnership with IGF MAG and all stakeholders, National and Regional IGFs (NRIs), Best Practice Platforms (BPP) and other DCs to jointly advance the evidence-based Internet and policies at national, regional and global levels. 


The Dynamic Coalition seeks to engage with all countries and all stakeholders worldwide to promote free, open and accessible Internet for all and provide a space for multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. The coalition will serve an umbrella platform for facilitating collaboration on countries’ alignment to UNESCO’s ROAM principles via national assessments and implementation of recommendations to harness Internet and advanced technologies’ potential to achieve the 2030 sustainable development agenda.  


Overall Facilitator: Xianhong Hu, Project Focal Point of Internet Universality Project, UNESCO.

Rapporteurs: Karen Landa and Octavio Lara (UNESCO)





Time : 11:00 – 13:15 CET / 14:35 – 17:05 CET



11:00 – 11:15



5’ Welcome remarks by Guy Berger

10’ Project presentation: Launch of Internet Universality Indicators and implementation process

 by Xianhong Hu and David Souter


Moderator: Guy Berger


11:15 – 12:15



Country assessments in Africa

(Benin, Sénégal, Kenya, Ghana, Niger in Africa)




10’ – Kenya: Grace Githaiga, KICTAnet

10’ – Senegal: Elvis Michel Kenmoe, UNESCO Office in Dakar

10’ – Benin and Niger: Alain Kiyindou, Université Bordeaux Montaigne   

5’ – Ghana:  Dorothy Gordon, IFAP Chair of UNESCO

5’ – Ethiopia: Lydia Gachungi, UNESCO regional advisor in Addis Office


15’ – Q&A


Moderator:  Guy Berger


12:15 - 13:15





Country assessment in Asia Pacific and Arab States

(Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Uzbekistan in Asia;

Tunisia, Sudan Jordan, Palestine in the Arab region)




10’ – Tunisia: Karima Mahmoudi, Instance Nationale des Télécommunications

10’ – Thailand: Simon Ellis, Independent Consultant

5’ – Sudan: Paul Hector, UNESCO Cairo

5’ – Nepal: Nirjana Sharma, UNESCO

5’ - Pakistan - Sadaf Khan, Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD)

5’ - Uzbekistan: Emil Faxreyev, Modern Journalism Development Centre

5’- Jordan: Issa Mahasneh, Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA)

5’ – Palestine :  Ms. Mona Shtayya, 7Amleh


10’ – Q&A


Moderator: Xianhong Hu


13:25 – 14:25


14:35 – 15h20


Inaugural session of the Dynamic Coalition of Internet Universality Indicators


5’ Introduction remarks of the DC and Online Platform by Guy Berger


Speakers from multi-stakeholder partners:

5’ - Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society of Ecuador (TBC) or Miguel Martins, Vice-Minister of Paraguay (TBC) and Virginia Pardo, Director of Information Society of AGESIC

5’- Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology of Palestine (TBC)

5’ - Christine M. Merkel, Head of the Division of Culture, Communication, Memory of the World at the German Commission for UNESCO and Andreas Salz, Programme Specialist, Division of Culture, Communication, Memory of the World at the German Commission for UNESCO

5’ - Constance Bommelaer, The Internet Society

5’ - Anriette Esterhuysen, MAG Chair

5’ - Anja Gengo, Secretariat for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (TBC)

5’- Antoine Vergne, Missions publique (TBC)

5- Mira Milosevic, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)


Moderator: Guy Berger




Country assessments in Latin America

(Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay in Latin America)




10’ – Brazil: Alexandre Barbosa and Fabio Senne, CETIC.br

10’ – Paraguay: Maricarmen Sequera, TEDIC (TBC)

10’ – Uruguay: Juan Bertón, Digital Agenda division and SIC Observator

10’ – Ecuador: Roberto Roggiero, Nuevared.org


20’ – Q&A


Moderator:  Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi






Country assessments in Europe

(Germany, France and Serbia in Europe)




10’ – Germany: Wolfgang Schulz and Matthias C. Kettemann, Leibniz Institute for Media Research, Hans-Bredow-Institut, Germany 

5’ – France: Lucien Castex, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle

5’ – Serbia: Miroslav Jankovic, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)


10’- Q&A


Moderator: Xianhong Hu


16:50 -17:05



Thematic debates on methodology and implementation process, lessons learned




Moderators: Xianhong Hu and David Souter