IGF 2021

IGF 2021 LogoThe 16th annual IGF meeting will be hosted by the Government of Poland in Katowice from 6-10 December, under the overarching theme: Internet United. The IGF 2021 hybrid process will also feature a preparatory component or phase which will include build-up sessions on the IGF 2021’s issue areas, development of the intersessional work as well as a series of capacity development activities. The overall plan for the preparatory phase will be announced soon.

IGF 2021 Second Open Consultations and MAG Meeting

The second IGF 2021 Open Consultations and MAG Meeting will be hosted online on 2223 and 30 June.

Please register in advance to participate, using your IGF Profile. Then you can access the Meeting Platform, receive your personal connection link and join the discussion.

Open to everyone for active participation, MAG members participate as observers



08:00 – 09:00 UTC

  • Welcome from Chair and adoption of agenda 
  • Welcome from Host Country Co-chair 
  • Welcome from UN DESA
  • Briefing on state of preparation for IGF 2021 by the Host Country and IGF Secretariat
  • COVID-19 and the IGF 2021

09:00 – 10:30 UTC

Plenary Session I
IGF improvements and networking  modalities: reflections to the introduced innovations and next steps. Particular focus on updates from the IGF 2021 Intersessional Work:

  • Policy Networks
  • Best Practice Forums 
  • Dynamic Coalitions 

Followed by an open discusson

10:30 – 12:00 UTC

Plenary Session II
Hybrid IGF 2021: format, programme and implementation logistics

12:00 – 12:30 UTC


Join us for a virtual coffee-break!
Participants will be randomly assigned to coffee tables

12:30 - 13:30 UTC

Briefings from other organizations and initiatives

Short overview of pre-recorded and in-person briefings from UN agencies, IGOs and other international Internet-governance related organizations/initiatives followed by Q&A.
(Pre-recordings available at the IGF website and participants are expected to listen to them prior to the meeting). If you have any comments or questions on the video briefings, please email them to: questions [at] intgovforum [dot] org or join this session and address them live.


13:30 - 14:00 UTC

NRIs – status overview and cooperation in 2021

14:00 - 14:30 UTC

Recap and closing of the open consultations

Open to observers





08:00-08:30 UTC

  • Welcome from MAG Chair 
  • Welcome from Host Country Co-chair 
  • Welcome from UN DESA

08:30-09:15 UTC

Opening Session

  • Adoption of agenda and welcome from MAG Chair
  • Debrief from Open Consultations         

Adoption of agenda.
Apologies noted.

List of suggestions to consider in planning.

09:15-09:30 UTC

MAG members and other participants check-in, in breakout rooms
(randomly assigned breakout groups)


MAG members and other participants catch up with one another in breakout rooms

09:30-11:00 UTC

Plenary Session I 

Reports (prepared prior to the meeting) from the issue areas groups (5 minutes per group) followed by discussion

Ranked workshops in each issue area.

Recommendations from workshop evaluation groups.

11:00-11:15 UTC


11:15-12:30 UTC


Plenary Session II
Discussion of feedback received during Plenary Session I and next steps


List of approved workshops (overall). List of proposals for mergers.

First look at the overall programme thematic structure, including subthemes in each issue area. 

12:30-13:30 UTC

Next Steps

Concrete recommendations from the MAG working groups:

  • MAG WG on Hybrid Meetings
  • MAG WG on Outreach and Communication
  • MAG WG on IGF Strategy

Open discussion 

Each group presents a set of concrete recommendations for the IGF 2021 process (up to 10 min), followed by an open discussion (30 min). The goal is to provide ways for improving the IGF 2021 process in the areas the the WG covers.

13:30-13:00 UTC

Feedback from MAG members on meeting progress
Next Steps
Closing by MAG Chair


Open to observers





09:00 – 10:30 UTC

Plenary Session I

Endorsement of the final list of workshops
Review of other IGF 2021 sessions

Agreed final list of sessions.

10:30 – 11:30 UTC

Plenary Session II

Preparatory phase – implementation plan and Q&A

Review of the design, introductory sessions, and engagement of BPFs, PNs, DCs and role of MAG members.

11:30-12:00 UTC


12:00 - 13:00 UTC

Plenary Session III

Planning of IGF 2021 main sessions

Agreed methodology on main sessions; topics and number of the sessions. Review the main session guidelines.

13:00-13:45 UTC

Recap: IGF 2021 processes: next steps and closing


Stakeholder Group: Government
Given Name Family Name Delegation
Ian Sheldon Australia
Francis Olivier CUBAHIRO Burundi
Paul Charlton Canada
Alain Kompany Kameka Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Ahmed Basir Switzerland
Livia Walpen Switzerland
Juan Fernández Cuba
Hisham Aboulyazed Egypt
Anna Goulden United Kingdom
Nigel Hickson United Kingdom
Concettina Cassa Italy
SHI YOUNG CHANG Korea, Republic of
Milan Raj Nepali Nepal
Przemyslaw Typiak Poland
Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
Given Name Family Name Organization
Anriette Esterhuysen Association for Progressive Communications
Shawna Finnegan Association for Progressive Communications
Paula Martins Association for Progressive Communications - APC
Flurina Wäspi Berner Fachhochschule BFH Wirtschaft
Adolphe Tungilu Luwawa Bureau pour la Croissance Intégrale et la Dignité de l'Enfant
Christian Nzhie CAPDA
Amrita Choudhury CCAOI
Roman Chukov Center for Global IT-Cooperation
Alim Khapov Center for Global IT-Cooperation
Ran Chen Cyber Security Association of China
Maria Paz Canales Derechos Digitales
Tereza Horejsova Diplo
Rajendra Pratap Gupta Disease Management Association of India
Sajeen Maharjan Environment Nepal
Sandra Hoferichter EuroDIG
Vassindou BAMBA FGI Côte d'Ivoire
Xiaobo Yang Fuxi Institution
Cassandra Sperow G3ict
Raquel Gatto Gatto Consulting
Juliana Harsianti Global Voices
Carlos Vera IGF Ecuador
Sorina Teleanu Independent
Jordanka Tomkova INNOVABRIDGE Foundation
Carlos Alberto Afonso Instituto Nupef
Innocent Adriko Internet Society - Uganda Chapter
Abdul Ghayoor Bawary Internet Society Afghanistan Chapter
Poncelet Ileleji Jokkolabs Banjul
Datchanamoorthy Ramu National Youth Council of India
Nikita Shrubsole Plan International
Kenyatta Mirindi Right and Equality Council,United African Organization
Nanette Levinson School of International Service
Susan Sanders Search Skate, Inc.
Amel Kouadri SNESC solidarité numérique éducation et santé Castres
Amirhossein Mokabberi Tehran University
Edda Giuberti Tripla Difesa Onlus Global Internazional No Violence
Lamin Fofanah United For the Protection of Human Rights Advocacy Network- Sierra Leone
Jake Blok Wish Will Way Foundation
Juan Pajaro Velasquez Youth Observatory
Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organization
Given Name Family Name Organization
Giacomo Mazzone AUB member of WBU - World Broadcasting Unions
Wim Degezelle Consultant IGF Secretariat / Best Practice Forums
Nour Al-Bidewe ESCWA
Velimira Nemiguentcheva Grau European Commission
Anja Gengo IGF Secretariat
Lucia Russo OECD
Laurence Arnould Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
Julia Haas OSCE
WaiMin Kwok UN DESA
Jason Munyan United Nations
Rita Wehbe United Nations-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)
Victor Owade WIPO
Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
Given Name Family Name Organization
Berry Cobb BAC in Black Consulting
Mateusz Kierepka BioMinds Healthcare Sp. z o.o.
Amali De Silva-Mitchell Coordinator Dynamic Coalition Data Driven Health Technologies
andy katompa curtis business
Sook-Jung Dofel Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Vint Cerf Google
Mark Carvell Independent analyst; EuroDIG Associate Member
June Parris Internet Society
Jochen Michels Kaspersky
J Amado Espinosa L Medisist
Ben Wallis Microsoft
Moamin Hamad network broadcast solution (NBS)
Abba Mohammed Yayaji Private
Jennifer Schuck Quicktext
Attoumani Mohamed Karim Telecom Comores SA
Jim Prendergast The Galway Strategy Group
Patel Jigar Trigyn Tech. LTD
Nikolis Smith Verisign
Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
Given Name Family Name Organization
Afi Edoh Afrotribune
Joyce Chen APNIC
Udeep Baral CAN Federation Nepal
Flavio Wagner CGI.br
Nthabiseng Pule Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa
Peter Koch DENIC eG & ISOC.DE e.V.
Branislav Dobrosavljevic Freelance consultant
Vera Major ICANN
Adam Peake ICANN
Sridhar Gutam ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research
Kristin Little IEEE
Anupam Agrawal India Internet Foundation
Kazunao Sato International Council on Environmental Economics and Development
Herman Ramos Internet Society IGF Youth Ambassador
Mohan Raidu Konatham Internet Society India Hyderabad Chapter
Constance Bommelaer ISOC
Miguel Ignacio Estrada LACNIC
Paula Oteguy LACNIC
Kevon Swift LACNIC
Everton T Rodrigues NIC.br
Vinicius W. O. Santos NIC.br / CGI.br
Bruna Toso de Alcântara NIC.br/CGI.br
Mary Uduma Nigeria Internet Governace Forum
Chris Buckridge RIPE NCC
Chafic Chaya RIPE NCC
Timothy Asiedu TIM Technology Services Ltd.
Abdulkarim Oloyede University of Ilorin
Alève Mine Zurich AR/VR Meetup

''Our Digital Future'' - capacity development workshop series focused on digital transformation and cybersecurity.

Stakeholders can apply to host a networking session at the IGF 2021.

List of received IGF 2021 session proposals

The IGF Secretariat/UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology kindly invite all stakeholders to join the briefing update on the proposed approach for implementation of the IGF Multistakeholder High-level Body (MHLB) on 14 June at 13:00 UTC.

IGF 2021 Call for Session Proposals was open until 26 May, inviting all stakeholders to consider applying for the type(s) of session that best fit their interests. Please note that IGF 2021 will have a hybrid format, so you can apply for a session even if at the moment you do not plan to be present onsite in Katowice.

Applications for the IGF 2021 Village Booths are open. Deadline to apply is 1 July.

Stakeholders can register their IGF 2021 Remote HubsDeadline to apply is 20 September.

The MAG identified main focus areas and is working on developing concrete IGF 2021 (sub)themes. The IGF 2021 Guide to Issues and Policy Questions is also available.

Summary of inputs received in a response to the consultations on para 93(a) of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.

Call for NRIs to apply for financial grants open until 15 March.

The IGF 2021 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting were hosted on 2223 and 24 February 2021.

Summary Report from Consultations on para 93(a) of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation hosted during the First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting.

Consultations on para 93(a) of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. List of inputs received.

MAG Virtual Meeting III Open to All Stakeholders 9 Feb 13:00 UTC.

Launch of a new intersessional work activity: Policy Network on Environment and Digitalisation (PNE)

IGF 2021 Call for Thematic Inputs closed on 31 January. The list of received inputs and an analysis are available.

Call to Take Stock of IGF 2020 and Suggest Improvements for IGF 2021 was open until 20 January. The synthesis output document is available.

MAG 2021 Appointed to plan the 16th Annual IGF Meeting.

The IGF 2020 Outputs and Infographics are available.

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411