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Monday, 28 January, 2019 (All day) to Wednesday, 30 January, 2019 (All day)
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IGF 2019 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting


The venue for the meeting will be Room XVI, Building A, 5th Floor, 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 until 24 January 2019.

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

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IGF 2019 First Open Consultations

and Multistakeholder Advisory Meeting (MAG)

28-30 January 2019

UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Room XVI



Day 1: 28 January 2019 - Open Consultations­­­


Agenda Item

10:00 - 11:00

1. Opening statements and adoption of the agenda

  1. Message from UNDESA


  1. Welcome by MAG Chair


  1. Welcome by MAG Host country Co-chair 2018 and 2019


  1. Presentation/Briefing by 2018 Host Country

11:00 - 12:45


2. Taking stock of IGF 2018 (while setting expectations for 2019)

  1. Strategic discussion on high-level statements from IGF2018 and collaboration with High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (HLDPC) & other organizations


  1. Secretariat’s summary of the inputs received to the stocktaking process concerning the programme and schedule; high-level statements by Secretary-General Guterres and President Macron

12:45 - 13:00

3. Update on IGF Trust Fund

13:00 - 15:00


 IGF Donors Meeting, 13:30-14:30, Room IV

15:00 - 17:00


(Continuation of morning session: 2. Taking stock)

c.   Comments on IGF Intersessional activities (BPF,DC’s, CENB, etc.)


d.   Discussion re: NRI engagements and IGF

17:00 - 18:00

4. Updates from related Internet Governance initiatives and processes, followed by open discussion on possible IGF 2019 activities/collaboration


Day 2: 29 January 2019 - MAG Meeting - Strategic Discussion (open to observers) 


Agenda Item

10:00 - 12:00

1. Opening statements

2. Presentation by IGF 2019 Host Country

3. Taking stock of IGF 2018 (while setting expectations for 2019) – IGF logistics & programme

  1. Secretariat’s summary of the inputs received to the   stocktaking process


  1. Comments on logistics of IGF 2018, lessons learned and suggestions for improvement


  1. Comments on programme (main theme, sub-themes), structure (session types, including new and innovative session types, schedule)

12:00 - 13:00

4. Discussion on strategic imperatives for the IGF (cont’d after break)

13:00 - 15:00


Info Session on new Dynamic Coalition on DNS Issues (DC-DNSI), 13:45-14:45, Room XVI

15:00 - 16:00

4. Discussion on strategic imperatives for the IGF (cont’d)


16:00 - 18:00

5. Implications/Actions across IGF ecosystem


Day 3: 30 January 2019 - MAG Meeting (open to observers)


Agenda Item

10:00 - 13:00

6. Possible approaches/general outline of overall IGF 2019 preparatory process. Shaping the programme of IGF 2019 by discussing:

  1. Results of public call for issues;


  1. Discussion on major policy questions, main theme/sub-themes if appropriate, possible ‘tracks’;


  1. Workshops and open forums, including number of sessions;


  1. Main sessions and main session guidelines;


  1. Selection criteria/timetable and mechanisms for workshops, open forums and main sessions;

13:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

(Continuation of morning session: 6. Shaping the programme)   

f.   Best Practice Forum (BPF), Dynamic Coalition (DC), National and Regional Initiative (NRI), Major Policy Programme: Connecting and Enabling Next Billion(s) (CENB) or new Programme, etc.;


g.   Ways to integrate intersessional work and outputs;


h.   Day 0 ‘pre-events’;


i)    Overall programme structure;

16:00 - 18:00


7. Discussion on 2019 IGF intersessional activities & NRIs

  1. Types of activities (BPFs, DCs, CENB, etc.) and outputs review


  1. National and Regional Initiatives (NRIs)


  1. Strategies for collaboration and complementarity across inter-sessional work

8. Any Other Business


Online Registration to attend onsite the IGF 2019 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting​ in Geneva, Switzerland, 28 - 30 January 2019 is OPEN through this FORM until 24 January 2019.

Registration to attend online the IGF 2019 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting​ in Geneva, Switzerland, 28 - 30 January 2019 will be kept OPEN through this FORM continuously until the end of the event.

Note: It is possible to register simultaneously for both types of participation, onsite and online.

The List of currently approved Delegates can be consulted.

To attend online the IGF 2019 First Open Consultations and MAG Meeting​ in Geneva, Switzerland, 28 - 30 January 2019, Registration will be kept Open through this FORM continuously until the end of the event.

Once registered, participants can access the Online Participation Platform HERE.

The Live Video of the event will be accessible from the Online Participation Platform.

Live Transcription will be available within the same platform. Alternatively, it can be accessed independently in the following links:

28 January (Open Consultations)

29 January (MAG Meeting)

30 January (MAG Meeting)

Please consult instructions for requesting the floor (kindly note that "Main Room" will be used).

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