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The Internet Governance Forum is funded through donations from various stakeholder groups. While host countries bear the majority of the costs associated with holding the annual IGF meeting, the IGF Secretariat's activities are funded through extra-budgetary contributions paid into a multi-donor Trust Fund administered by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). All contributions are administered and accounted for in accordance with United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations and other applicable directives, procedures and practices. The IGF project's expenditures are contained in the biennial Financial Report and audited Financial Statements of the United Nations. Contributions from all stakeholders are welcome, including in-kind donations. 

Trust Fund Documents

United Nations Trust Fund Project Document Internet Governance Forum [pdf]
Sample IGF Trust Fund Agreement Template. [pdf]
Sample IGF Trust Fund Agreement Templete (one time contribution). [pdf]
Sample Host Country Agreement (HCA) [pdf]
IGF Brochure (2014) [pdf]


 Last Updated: 09 March 2016

Host countries


Host countries bear most of the expenses of the annual meetings:


Greece, Athens: 30 October - 2 November, 2006                                   

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: 12 - 15 November, 2007
India, Hyderabat: 3 - 6 December, 2008
Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh: 15 - 18 November, 2009
Lithuania, Vilnius: 14 - 17 September, 2010

Kenya, Nairobi: 27 - 30 September, 2011

Azerbaijan, Baku: 6 - 9 November, 2012

Three equally sized horizontal bands of blue, red, and green, with a white crescent and an eight-pointed star centered in the red band

Indonesia, Bali: 22 - 25 October, 2013


Turkey, Istanbul: 2 - 5 September, 2014

Brazil, João Pessoa: 10 - 13 November, 2015


 Last Updated: 09 March 2016

Donors to the Trust Fund


Government of Finland - Ministry for Foreign Affairs
European Commission eu logo
Government of the United States                usa
Government of Switzerland - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) swiss
Number Resource Organization (NRO) nro logo
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) icann logo
The Internet Society (ISOC) isoc logo
Government of The Netherlands - Ministry of Economic Affairs netherlands logo
Government of Japan - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication min jap logo
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee cgi br
Nominet UK nominet logo
Government of the United Kingdom - Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
China Energy Fund Committee
AT&T att
Tides Foundation
VERIZON verizon logo
Verisign verisign logo
Verizon Foundation  
Afilias Global Registry Services afilias logo
Government of Switzerland - Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) swiss
Government of the United Kingdom - Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) dcms
Google google logo
Government of Norway - Ministry for Foreign Affairs min norway
Government of Sweden - Ministry of Energy, Enterprise and Communications sweden
Siemens AG   
Microsoft Corporation  
Government of Portugal - Fundacao Para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia  
UNINETT Norid uninett logo
The Swiss Education & Research Network (SWITCH) switch logo
CISCO cisco logo
auDA Australia's Domain Name Administrator auda logo
The Walt Disney Company disney
Coordination Center for TLD RU ru
Danish Internet Forum
Nokia Siemens Networks nokia
Community DNS dns logo
Government of the Republic of Korea - Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning  
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS)
MCADE, LLC. mcade
NIC-MEXICO mexico The Austrian Registry austrianreg logo
NIKKEI DigitalCORE nikkei logo
Ribose Ribose
Summit Strategies International summit2

 Last Updated: 09 March 2016

In Kind Contributions


The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)                     United Nations Geneva Logo
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)                                    ICANN logo
Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie- Institut Francophone des Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information et de la Formation (INTIF)  IFN Logo - The Brazilian Network Information Center
Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology at the Luleå University of Technology CDT Logo

 Last Updated: 09 March 2016

Trust Fund Overview

Status of Donors' Contributions 2011-2016


Additional Information


Contact Information

United Nations

Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Dependance La Pelouse

Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10


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