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Dynamic Coalitions (DCs) emerged at the first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Athens in 2006 and represent the original effort to conduct intersessional work between the annual IGF meetings. The DCs are multistakeholder, bottom-up and self-organised groups that work to deepen the understanding and analysis of Internet policy issues, to identify specific policy problems and to provide targeted policy solutions. Over the years, DCs have made a considerable impact in helping progress Internet policy discussions at the IGF and also in other national and international forums and settings.
But the Dynamic Coalitions are not always well understood in the broader IGF community. This is why the coalitions, supported by the IGF Secretariat, have worked on a report documenting their history, providing insight into their work and processes, and analysing their further potential. The report is intended to contribute to a better understanding of the worth of coalitions and their role within current IGF processes, as well as in shaping the future of the IGF.
Key in this report is that it presents suggestions and recommendations that could contribute to strengthening DCs and enhancing their contribution to the IGF. Join our session to discuss some of these recommendations and contribute to the finalisation of the report.
The report is under public consultation until 14 November. Please send your comments to coalitions[at]intgovforum.org.
Some of the aspects covered in the report include:
- A brief historical overview of DCs and the requirements to form a Dynamic Coalition
- the diversity of DCs in terms of objectives and focus, as well as the internal working modalities and governance mechanisms
- DC outputs and achievements
- DC relations with the IGF Secretariat and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group
- how DCs contribute to IGF annual meetings and their relationship with other IGF intersessional workstreams (Best Practice Forums (BPFs) and Policy Networks (PNs)), and with national, regional, subregional and youth IGF initiatives (NRIs)
- How DCs could contribute to shaping the future of the IGF and building a more focused, relevant and outcome-oriented forum for the benefit of Internet policymakers and stakeholders around the world