IGF 2018

The thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of France at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris from 12 to 14 November 2018.

IGF 2018 Second Open Consultations and MAG Meeting

The second Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meeting of the IGF 2018 preparatory cycle will take place 11-13 July in Room XI at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland. Registration is open until 8 July. The Draft Agenda is available.

General Information


The venue for the meeting will be Room XI, Building A, at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland: 

8–14 avenue de la Paix CH–1211 Geneva 10 [Map]

Access to the venue: Use the Pregny Gate entrance (Avenue de la Paix, 14), where you will pick up your badge, and proceed to Building A. [Map of UNOG]



Line 15 - Stop at Place des Nations


Lines 5 (Airport), 8, 11, 22, 28 (Airport) V, F, Z - Stop at Place des Nations

Lines 1, 11, 28 (Airport) - Stop at Rigot

Lines 8, 28 (Airport) V, Z, F - Stop at Appia


+41 (0) 22 33 141 33


All attending stakeholders must register online.

Online Participants also need to register as an online participant beforehand, to be able to request the floor.

Once you have received your UN registration confirmation (in the form of a QR code), please print this or have it ready on your smartphone and take it with you to the Pregny Gate entrance at UNOG. Please also remember to have with you a copy of your passport/national ID. The confirmation and ID will be necessary for badging purposes.

*More logistical information available in the "Practical Guide to UNOG"


You are free to request the floor when opened for interventions by using the electronic queue system


  • Register as Onsite Participant (request physical access to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland): Use the UN Accreditation System, "INDICO" (OPEN until 8 July).
  • Register as Online Participant (request access to participate online): Fill this form.


Draft Agenda - 2nd IGF Open Consultations and MAG Meeting

11-13 July 2018

UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) – Room XI

The purpose of the second round of IGF open consultations and MAG meeting is to advance preparations for the IGF 2018 annual meeting and to take stock of the ongoing IGF community intersessional activities and other relevant Internet Governance related fora.


Day 1: 11 July 2018 - Open Consultations


1. Welcome from MAG Chair

2. Adoption of the Agenda

3. Welcome from UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

4. Welcome from Honorary Host Country Chair and Briefing on State of Preparations for Annual Meeting


5. Briefing on State of Preparations from IGF Secretariat

          a) Workshop proposals and other sessions

          b) Main/Thematic Sessions

          c) IGF Village booths

          d) Update on other organizational logistics (visa support, registrations, badges, etc.)


6. Updates from IGF Intersessional Activities

          a) IGF Best Practice Forums (BPFs) - Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT); Cybersecurity; Gender & Access; Local Content *5 mins each

          b) IGF Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV *5 mins

           c) Updates from IGF Dynamic Coalitions (DCs) *20 mins

           c) Community engagement/comment time *20 mins


7. Updates from National and Regional IGF Initiatives (NRIs)




Informal meeting between the NRIs and the MAG


9. Updates from MAG Working Groups

          a) Working Groups on IGF Improvements (WG-IMP); Multi-year Strategic Work Programme (WG-MWP); Outreach and Engagement (WG-OE); Workshop Review and Evaluation Process (WG-WREP); Fundraising (WG-FUN) *5 mins each

          b) Community engagement/comment time *20 mins


IGF Project Document/IGF Trust Fund Review


10. Briefings from Other Related/Relevant Initiatives or Organizations


11. Open Discussion with Community


Day 2: 12 July 2018 - MAG Meeting (open to observers)


1. Opening Statements – MAG Chair and Honorary Host Country Chair

          a) Introduction from the Chair and adoption of the agenda

          b) Introduction from Host Country Chair


2. Briefing on State of Preparations for Annual Meeting by Host Country, including plans for:

          a) High Level roundtable

          b) Opening Ceremony


3. Overview of Workshop Proposal Evaluations & Preliminary Thematic Track Formation

          a) Review thematic tracks for appropriate balance across entire programme to cover all stakeholder, global and regional interests

          b) Workshops reviewed by theme in break-out groups; possible mergers considered




4. Continue Workshop Review & Thematic Track Formation


Day 3: 12 July 2018 - MAG Meeting (open to observers)

Briefing by Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill


5. Finalize Workshop Track Formation and Overall Theme for IGF 2018


6. Discussion on Thematic (Main)/Community Sessions

          a) Thematic (Main) sessions: Content, including desired theme, format, length, etc.

          b) Thematic (Main) sessions: Desired outcomes/outputs in relation to meeting themes

          c) Community sessions

          d) Selection and scheduling of Thematic & Community sessions

          e) Next steps in planning; appointment of MAG lead facilitators for Thematic sessions




7. Follow-up as Needed Based on Status Updates from Open Consultations

          a) BPFs

          b) CENB Phase IV

          c) NRIs

          d) DCs

          e) MAG Working Groups


8. Next Steps in Annual Meeting Programming; Thematic (Main) Session Planning, etc.


Any Other Business

Webcast, Live Captions and Online Participation

Please Register in order to participate online.

ACCESS the Online Participation platform here. It includes the Webcast and Live Transcription of the meeting.

You are free to Request the Floor when opened for interventions.

The finished transcripts will be also published here.

Floor Request

You are free to request the floor when opened for interventions by using the electronic queue system.

Input Documents

Finished Transcripts

message from the MAG Chair has been published.

The Call for IGF 2018 Remote Hubs is open until 15 October.

The list of Proposed Open Forums meeting the requirements has been published.

Community Public Consultations for Improving the Youth Engagement at the IGF 2018 OPEN until 6 July. Comment on the first Outcome Document of proposed ways for improvements.

A notice to the community on Day Zero has been posted. 

Calls for IGF 2018 Open Forums, Dynamic Coalition (DC) Sessions and IGF Village Booths are now closed (as of Friday 29 June 2018, 23:59 UTC).

The IGF 2018 Call for Workshop Proposals produced this Preliminary List.

A Call for Issues for the IGF 2018 programme was published, with the community invited to give input until Friday 13 April, noon UTC. All submitted issues have been made public.

The first Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meeting of the IGF 2018 preparatory cycle took place from 20-22 March at the headquarters of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in Geneva, Switzerland. The summary of the meeting is available.

[Full List of IGF 2018 Preparatory Activities]


Additional Information


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) 229 173 678