National and Regional IGF initiatives (NRIs) are organic and independent formations that are discussing issues pertaining to Internet Governance from the perspective of their respective communities, while acting in accordance with the main principles of the global IGF.
The IGF initiatives are expected to follow the principles and practices of being open, inclusive and non-commercial. They work in accordance with the bottom up consensus process of the IGF and need to have a multistakeholder participation (at least three stakeholder groups initially, and evolve toward inclusion of all stakeholder groups), in both formation of the Initiative and in any other Initiative related events.
As of 2016, there are more than 60 initiatives located in all five UN regions, and spread around the world. There are several new initiatives now forming and working to hold their first annual event in 2016/2017. To support the recommendations of the NRIs, the IGF is hosting regular (bi)monthly virtual meetings where the NRI Coordinators share updates, and collaborate on the NRIs engagement to the 2016 annual IGF meeting, as well as continuously discussing further enhancements to support the NRIs engagement toward the IGF.
If you are new to the NRIs, and would like to organize a national, regional or Youth IGF, or you would like to hear from other coordinators about their experiences and to be updated on the most recent activities, please contact the IGF Secretariat’s Focal Point for the NRIs Engagement, Anja Gengo at: email@example.com for further assistance.
The Secretariat coordinates the work of the NRIs through the NRIs’ official mailing list. Please, click here to subscribe if you would like to engage with any of the initiatives, or wish to follow the overall work of the NRIs.
Calendar of NRIs Events
All NRIs events are open and inclusive and welcome participants whether in person or virtually, just as does the IGF itself. The Secretariat maintains a calendar of all NRIs events, as showed here.
The IGF initiatives are expected to send written reports of their annual intersessional work activities, including the main annual event. All received reports are shared with the NRIs network and published on the IGF website.
Past NRIs records
The NRIs network is rapidly growing. Below you can track its growth since 2011 year.