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Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA)


For access to the Internet to make a meaningful contribution to improving people’s lives locally, for ‎strengthening national economies, and more broadly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ‎‎(SDGs), it has to be approached holistically. While access to infrastructure is critical, without this access ‎being inclusive, useful, sustainable and affordable, and linked to human capacity development and ‎relevant content that can make it so, it will not achieve its positive potential.‎

Availability of free content and services in local languages offering appropriate services and materials ‎tailor-made on the basis of the needs of local citizens (treated not only as consumers or users, but as ‎informed citizens in their own right) is as important as providing accessible connection. The concept of ‎meaningful access or connectivity has emerged over the last five years in response to the growing ‎body of evidence that even when people have connectivity, they often do not make use of the ‎Internet.

Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA)

The PNMA would provide in-depth look at why achieving meaningful and universal Internet access remains ‎so challenging, in spite of years of efforts by policy makers and other actors from all stakeholder ‎groups. It will assess and gather good practices and policy recommendations already discussed at the ‎IGF; identify what the key barriers are to these not being implemented and facilitate networking ‎among actors from all stakeholder groups that are concerned with the topic. ‎It will further provide linkages between the existing efforts and the many stakeholders in the IGF who are ‎undertaking related efforts, as well as create opportunities for the voices of those who are affected by ‎the lack of meaningful access to be part of policy debate and development.‎

***PNMA MAIN SESSION @ IGF 2021 - Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 13:50-15:20 CET ***


Moderation by the PNMA MWG Co-Chairs: Mrs. Sonia Jorge and Mrs. Sylvia Cadena


Session Agenda


PART 1 - Setting the scene (30min)


* About the PNMA's work in 2021 (10 min)


* Keynote: "From policy recommendation to policy implementation" TBD (20 min)


PART 2 - Discussions


* Workstream 1 - Connectivity: overview & findings (10min)


* Workstream 2 - Digital Inclusion: overview & findings (10min)


* Workstream 3 - Capacity Development: overview & findings (10min)


* Q&A - Bringing all together (20min)


PART 3 - Looking ahead


* What can make the outputs more useful? Are there any suggestions for continuity of the PNMA? (10 min)


DRAFT OUTPUS (to be added)  


Implementation Process 

The PNMA will be a gathering point for all those interested to contribute to the matter with their ‎expertise and experience. With advice from dedicated co-facilitators of the IGF ‎Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), it will also work closely with the existing networks ‎of the IGF, such as the Dynamic Coalitions, Best Practice Forums, National Regional, Sub-‎Regional and Youth IGF initiatives, as well as all other stakeholders, including the session ‎organisers and IGF annual meeting participants. Stakeholders that are not traditionally involved ‎in the IGF process and have an interest in this topic are particularly encouraged to actively ‎participate. ‎The PNMA will have close linkages with the IGF 2021 high-level and parliamentary tracks.

The PNMA's work would be facilitated by a dedicated multistakeholder working group of experts. Its membership would include leading ‎intergovernmental and international organisations, UN member states, parliaments, research academic institutions, leading private sector companies and ‎representatives of technical communities, national, regional and youth IGFs (NRIs) and other ‎stakeholders whose work is relevant for the PNMA.


- PNMA MWG Kick off Call #1, 18th June 2021

(slide deck)


- PNMA MWG Call #2, 15th July 2021

(slide deck)


- PNMA MWG Call #3, 19 August 2021

(slide deck)

- PNMA MWG Call #4, 16 September 2021 (slide deck) (minutes)

- PNMA MWG Call #5, 14 October 2021 (slide deck) (minutes)

- PNMA MWG Call #6, 18 November 2021 (slide deck) (minutes)

Open Mailing List

All interested stakeholders are invited to subscribe to a dedicated mailing list ([email protected]), through which all relevant information will be communicated.

The process for gathering inputs would be bottom-up, open and continuous throughout the IGF 2021 preparatory process. Inputs would be gathered through the resources of the working group in addition to a community’s input. All working group meetings would be open to the community for a broader discussion. The community will be able to communicate inputs through different outreach forms, ranging from surveys, monthly webinars and online meetings, bilateral meetings etc. 

Contributions received