IGF 2022 Parliamentary Track


[Update] The output document outlining key takeaways from the IGF 2022 parliamentary track is available in English, French and Spanish.

In recent years, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has sought to strengthen the participation of parliamentarians in discussions on some of the most pressing issues related to the use, evolution and governance of the Internet and related digital technologies. In 2019 and 2020, a parliamentary roundtable was held in the context of the IGF annual meeting. In 2021, an extended parliamentary track was introduced, which included (a) a series of online activities for parliamentarians in the lead-up to the IGF 2021 meeting, and (b) a total of four dedicated parliamentary sessions at IGF 2021. 

Building on the past years’ experience, the IGF plans to further strengthen its parliamentary track, in particular through expanding the set of intersessional activities dedicated to fostering inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation on key digital policy issues. With the IGF 2022 meeting scheduled to be held in Ethiopia, focus will be placed on engagement with parliaments and parliamentarians in the African continent. 

Activities planned to be undertaken in 2022:

Output documents of previous IGF parliamentary tracks:




IGF 2022 parliamentary track | Addressing cyberthreats: National, regional and international approaches



From 28 November to 2 December 2022, the Government of Ethiopia will host the United Nations 17th Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2022) under the overarching theme Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future. Participants from around the world are expected to take part in this event in Addis Ababa and online.

In 2022, the IGF parliamentary track started with a digital policy symposium held in the context of the Africa IGF, on the theme The role of parliamentarians in shaping our common digital future: An African perspective. Building on this, the track will continue at the 17th IGF in Addis Ababa with a series of parliamentary activities to be held on 30 November – 1 December on the theme Addressing cyberthreats: national, regional and international approaches. In the spirit of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution A/RES/74/304, these activities will be jointly organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia. 

Key topics

As the Internet and digital technologies increasingly shape our economies and societies, they also create vulnerabilities for individuals, public and private entities, critical infrastructures, and much more. The cyber threat landscape is a complex one, including issues as diverse as denial of service attacks, malware and ransomware, cyberattacks on supply chains and providers of essential services, and the weaponisation of digital technologies. 

How ready are countries to deal with these and other cyber threats? What policy, regulatory and legislative measures are or need to be put in place to increase the level of cybersecurity and address cybercrime? Are national authorities empowered to implement such frameworks? And how to leverage multistakeholder, multisector and multi-level cooperation to create a more secure cyberspace? These and similar questions will be discussed at the IGF 2022 parliamentary track, offering parliamentarians an opportunity to exchange good practices, discuss challenges and solutions, and engage with other stakeholders in a dialogue aimed to help inform efficient and effective policy making and implementation. 



Parliamentarians from around the world are invited to discuss the proposed issues with experts, share their views, explore the questions at hand, and exchange opinions and experience on (existing or potential) legislative solutions. The main messages that emerge from these exchanges (with potential guidelines, suggestions and recommendations for parliaments) will be captured as the formal output of the IGF 2022 parliamentary track.

Plan of activities

The programme below is indicative at this stage and will be shaped further in the lead-up to IGF 2022. 

Parliamentary events at IGF 2022 | 30 November – 1 December (Addis Ababa & online)

30 November, 13:20 – 14:50 UTC+3

[Parliamentary session 1] Policy, regulatory and legislative frameworks for cybersecurity and cybercrime: national and regional approaches

  • How can policies, regulations and legislation help strengthen cybersecurity and address cybercrime? What should such frameworks look like?
  • What is the relevance of multistakeholder partnerships for shaping and implementing those national frameworks?
  • What examples of good (and maybe not so good) practices are out there?
  • How can parliaments help strengthen national cyber capabilities?

Lead discussants

  • Oscar Stuardo Chinchilla Guzmán | MP, Guatemala 
  • Sheetal Kumar and Wim Degezelle | IGF Best Practice Forum of Cybersecurity 
  • Alhagie Mbow | MP, The Gambia (moderator)
  • Marta Stickings | Cybercrime Programme Office, Council of Europe
  • Axel Voss | Member of the European Parliament

30 November 15:05 – 16:35, UTC+3

[Parliamentary session 2] Implementation of cybersecurity and cybercrime frameworks: challenges and solutions

  • What happens after the adoption of cybersecurity and cybercrime policy/regulatory/legislative frameworks? 
  • Are relevant national authorities adequately equipped (e.g. financial resources, human and institutional capacities) to implement such frameworks? If not, how to ensure this is the case?
  • What does it take to ensure efficient and effective regional, international, and multistakeholder cooperation in implementing such frameworks?

Lead discussants

  • Serge Droz | Member of the Board, FIRST.org 
  • Tim Engelhardt | Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Arda Gerkens | Vice-President of the Senate, Netherlands
  • Ikram Hassan | MP, Maldives (moderator)
  • Jochen Michels | Head of Public Affairs Europe, Kaspersky
  • Wout de Natris | Internet Standards, Security and Safety Coalition 
  • Solomon Soka | Head of Information Network Security Administration, Ethiopia 
1 December, 09:30 – 11:00 UTC+3

[Parliamentary session 3] Unpacking UN processes

  • Current international framework of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace shaped by the GGE and OEWG) - What it brings, and what are the direct implications for the work of parliaments (both in terms of implementation of agreed norms and CBMs, and in terms of further shaping the agreement like national positions on the applicability of international law)?
  • OEWG: Open issues, involvement of countries and their readiness, expectations, and possible future processes. 
  • Ad Hoc Committee: What are the main issues under consideration? Are these areas of agreement and disagreement?
  • Which other intergovernmental processes tackle security issues and why are these relevant?
  • How can parliamentarians help raise awareness about these processes and strengthen the engagement of national actors?

Lead discussants

  • Tobias Bacherle | MP, Germany 
  • Jose Cepeda | MP, Spain 
  • Anriette Esterhuysen | Association for Progressive Communications
  • Timothy Masiu | MP, Minister for Communication & Information Technology, Papua New Guinea
  • Vladimir Radunovic | Diplo 
  • Sorina Teleanu | Diplo/IGF Secretariat (moderator)
1 December, 13:45 – 15:00 UTC+3

[Roundtable] The role of parliaments in addressing cyberthreats

  • What roles can/should parliaments play in addressing cyberthreats and fostering strengthened multistakeholder cooperation at national, regional and international levels?
  • What are the roles of responsibilities of various actors (governments, parliaments, private sector, technical community, civil society) in addressing cyberthreats and contributing to the creation of a safer and more secure digital space?
  • What key international multistakeholder initiatives are in place and how can their work be strengthened?

Welcoming remarks:

  • Li Junhua | Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • Martin Chungong | Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union 
  • Tagese Chafo | Speaker, House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia

Lead discussants:


  • Edmon Chung | ICANN Board and DotAsia 
  • Anriette Esterhuysen | Association for Progressive Communications
  • Carlos Sebastian Garcia | MP, Paraguay
  • Samuel George | MP, Ghana
  • Tereza Horejsova | Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (moderator)
  • Miapetra Kumpula Natri | Member of the European Parliament
  • Jimson Olufuye | AfICTA

Further information

Invitation letter: EN | FR | ES

Practical information : EN | FR | ES

Concept note: EN | FR | ES

For any questions related to the parliamentary track, please contact Sorina Teleanu, at sorina.teleanu[at]un.org.