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IGF 2019 Pre-Event #3 Improving evidence-based Internet policies: UNESCO calls for your support of national assessments using the R.O.A.M.-X Indicator

UNESCO (jointly with 10 multi-stakeholder co-organizors)


Co-organizers: Germany National Commission of UNESCO, the Council of Europe, OECD, Association of Progressive Communications, Internet Society, ICANN,, Missions Publiques, GNI, GFMD

Upon completion of a two-year global multi-stakeholder consultation process on defining Internet Universality Indicators, the final outcome of R.O.A.M.-X indicators (Rights, Openness, Access, Multi-stakeholder, Crosscutting) framework has been given green light by UNESCO’s IPDC (International Program for Development of Communication) Council for voluntary assessments at national level since November 2018.

In conjunction with multi-stakeholder partners, this pre-event is dedicated to presenting UNESCO’s outcome of the R.O.A.M.-X indicators framework and showcasing the initial national assessment results using these indicators as conducted in a number of countries across Africa, Latin America, Arab and Europe.

The ROAM-X indicators framework is a unique and powerful resource developed through an extensive process of research, consultation and analysis. The work of national assessments aim to measure all six categories of indicators (either full 303 indicators or the core 110 ones) in a country. The national assessment process aims to:
• present a clear and substantive understanding of the national Internet environment and policies;
• assess that environment and policies are in conform to UNESCO’s R.O.A.M. principles
• develop policy recommendations and practical initiatives that will enable the country to meet their goals and to align to with UNESCO principles as the Internet evolves.

By displaying good practices of conducting national assessments of indicators across several continents, UNESCO invites stakeholders to debate on how to implement those policy recommendations at national levels. UNESCO encourages IGF stakeholders to consider conducting national assessment using R.O.A.M.-X indicators in more countries and trigger the policy debates for improving the Internet development at national and global levels.

UNESCO encourages and welcomes those key actors and research institutions and individuals to express their interest in supporting the national assessments process and stands ready to join partnership and synergy agreements.

UNESCO will also offer onsite training to interested actors and research teams on the implementation process and research methodology for them to conduct national assessment of indicators in their countries.

Moderator: Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development.

Welcoming remarks: Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

Tentative Agenda
TIME Sessions
09:00 – 10:00 Launch to the IGF community of Internet Universality indicators and implementation process
10:00 – 11:30 Findings: Country assessments in Africa: Kenya, Senegal, Benin
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-12:30 Findings: Country assessment in Arab States: Tunisia
12:30-13:00 Findings: Country assessments in Europe: Germany (tbc), Austria (tbc)
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00 Findings: Country assessments in Latin America: Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico and Uruguay
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Findings: Country assessments in Latin America (Continued): Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Mexico and Uruguay
17:30 – 19:00 Sharing methodological lessons learned for the implementation guide for conducting R.O.A.M.-X indicators at national level
19:00-21:00 Cocktail

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

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+41 (0) 229 173 411