IGF 2019 WS #386 Hopeful resolutions or real solutions 4 digital cooperation?

Organizer 1: Sheetal Kumar, Global Partners Digital
Organizer 2: Bruna Santos , Coding Rights
Organizer 3: Collin Kurre, ARTICLE 19

Speaker 1: Thomas Schneider, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Peter Micek, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Nanjira Sambuli, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 4: Bruna Santos , Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Policy Question(s): 

This workshop will consider the outcomes of the UNHLP on Digital Cooperation’s report, which have been published in June. In particular it will consider policy questions related to internet governance and cooperation among different stakeholders.

Did the UNHLPDC report achieve its original aims? (Related to raising awareness, identifying policy, research and information gaps and present concrete proposals to strengthen cooperation?)
What are the biggest challenges facing digital cooperation in internet governance and how far does the report’s recommendations address them?
How do we ensure that Internet governance processes are truly inclusive? Which recommendations included in the report may help?

Relevance to Theme: The UNHLPDC’s main aim is to promote digital cooperation. It aims to do this in an inclusive way, by offering mechanisms to address gaps in digital cooperation. It is of primary importance that the recommendations included in the report are discussed in an inclusive way by as wide a possible group of stakeholders as they relate to and could implicate a broad range of stakeholders.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Digital cooperation is one of the main challenges of internet governance, particularly as It is also expected that the report will make recommendations directly related to the IGF, and it is therefore of vital importance that the IGF itself, as a convening of the multistakeholder community, comment on the report.


Round Table - Circle - 60 Min

Description: We want this session to be interactive and an opportunity to make the discussion around the HLPDC outputs as inclusive as possible. Therefore we will begin with some questions to gauge the level of knowledge of the audience with regards to the HLPDC and its report. Before the session starts, we will ask the audience to consider questions for the panelists relating to the report’s recommendations.

We will then proceed to discuss the main outcomes of the report, asking each panelist to comment on a particular section/chapter and offer their view as to the workability of the recommendations. The speakers will also be asked to reflect on how inclusive the recommendations are: i.e will they promote the representation of more stakeholders, and in particular under-represented groups in internet governance and mechanisms to promote digital cooperation. After each intervention the moderator will ask for audience interventions and facilitate an interactive discussion with the panelist/s. In this way, the audience will be actively involved throughout the discussion.

a. Introduction (5 min)
b. Short presentation on the High-Level panel on Digital Cooperation Panel's report and main outcomes (10 min)
c. Panelists interventions (40 min): each panelist will have 5 min intervention followed by a 3 min intervention from the audience.
d. Closing remarks

Expected Outcomes: With the proposed submission we aim to achieve a clearer idea of the international multistakeholder community’s reception to the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation report. Secondly, another aimed outcome is to promote a discussion of the recommendations included and identification of a potential roadmap for collaboration on implementing some of the recommendations.

Onsite Moderator: 

Sheetal Kumar, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Collin Kurre, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Austin Ruckstuhl, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Discussion Facilitation: 

As the session aims to collect impressions and measure the broader Internet Governance community receptivity of the HLP report, we plan to welcome views from both the audience and present stakeholders. By saying that, we mean that after each intervention the moderator will ask for audience interventions and facilitate an interactive discussion with the panelist/s. In this way, the audience will be actively involved throughout the discussion.

Online Participation: 

Both online and onsite moderators will work together on ensuring that remote participation is also welcomed to this session and remote questions will have priority at the Q&A moments, as we plan to have the discussion promoted at the online participation chat as the 6th panelist.


GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals