Save the Date! 17th IGF
The dates of the 17th IGF on Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future, taking place in a hybrid format in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have been confirmed as 28 November to 2 December 2022. All are encouraged to start planning their participation!
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IGF 2022 Call for Session Proposals: Focus on the Global Digital Compact
The IGF has now launched its Call for Session Proposals ahead of the 2022 annual meeting, with a deadline of 3 June for all sessions. This year’s IGF programme closely reflects the Global Digital Compact envisioned by the UN Secretary-General in his Our Common Agenda report, and as such, stakeholders are asked to make proposals related to the Compact’s focus areas. In line with those, the five themes of the IGF are ‘Connecting All People and Safeguarding Human Rights’; ‘Avoiding Internet Fragmentation’; ‘Governing Data and Protecting Privacy’; ‘Enabling Safety, Security and Accountability’; and ‘Addressing Advanced Technologies, including AI’. Submitting an IGF session proposal is an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with the outlined GDC and ensure their voices are heard on its key components.
As in 2021, proposers have a variety of session types from which to choose and can make submissions based on what will best support their discussions. Among the sessions open for application are Workshops, Open Forums, Town Halls, Networking Sessions and Lightning Talks, in addition to community-organized National, Regional and Youth Initiative (NRI) and Dynamic Coalition (DC) sessions. Workshops, which make up the majority of the programme, are evaluated and selected on a competitive basis by the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), while open forums are sessions reserved for governments and treaty-based international organizations. Evaluation and review of session proposals will strongly take into account organizers’ preparedness to hold their session in a hybrid format. The final selection of workshops will take place at the MAG’s Second Open Consultations and Meeting on 6-8 July in Geneva.
All stakeholders are invited to make proposals!