IGF 2019

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The fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of Germany in Berlin from 25 to 29 November 2019.

The first face-to-face 2019 Open Consultations and MAG meeting will take place on 28-30 January 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

A Call for Issues has been published.

IGF 2018

The thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was hosted by the Government of France at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris from 12 to 14 November 2018. An interactive Schedule of the Meeting, under the title, 'Internet of Trust', was made available.

All IGF stakeholders are invited to give input on the 2018 annual meeting and programme cycle via the Taking Stock process, until 15 January 2019.

The final Chair's Summary of the meeting has been posted. 

The Key Messages of the thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum are public.

The Transcripts and Videos of the Sessions are available.

The Reports of the Sessions are being made available as completed by their Rapporteurs.

Key Messages on Major Themes at IGF

The IGF Messages were derived from the session reports thematically by the Secretariat in collaboration with the session organizers​.

Cybersecurity, Trust & Privacy

Development, Innovation & Economic Issues

Digital Inclusion & Accessibility

Emerging Technologies

Evolution of Internet Governance

Human Rights, Gender & Youth

Media & Content

Technical & Operational Topics


Completed Transcripts and Videos are published.

Reports of the Sessions are being published when completed by Rapporteurs.

The 13th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2018) took place in Paris, France, from 12 to 14 November 2018.

During the course of three days, more than 3000 delegates participated in 171 sessions both onsite and remotely. Paris welcomed participants from 143 different countries and 62% of these were first time comers and 43% of them were female.

Approximately 1400 people participated online. 101 different countries were represented online, with the majority coming from France, United States, Brazil, Nigeria, United Kingdom, India, Iran, Bangladesh, and Germany.

In addition to the Opening and Closing Sessions, the IGF 2018 programme featured 8 main/special sessions; 71 workshops; 27 open forums; 5 individual best practice forum (BPF) sessions; 15 individual dynamic coalition (DC) sessions; 5 individual national, regional, and youth (NRIs) collaborative sessions; 14 sessions classified as “other”; and 24 lightning sessions; for a total of 171 sessions in the overall programme. The reduced number of sessions in the programme compared to previous years is the result of the MAG’s new ‘programme shaping approach’, which aimed at having more concrete, focused discussions, and fewer parallel or duplicate sessions, with a clear thematic orientation.

The Cybersecurity, Trust and Privacy theme had the highest number of sessions (28), followed by Development Innovation and Economic Issues (26), Human Rights, Gender and Youth (26), Digital Inclusion and Accessibility (22), Evolution of Internet Governance (18), Emerging Technologies (15), Media and Content (10), and Technical and Operational Issues (9). There were also 17 other sessions that did not fall under any of the main themes listed above.

Organizations from five different continents joined the IGF Village with 56 booths to share their work missions with the Forum’s participants. The Village included representatives from all four key stakeholder groups: governments, private sector, civil society and technical community.

There were also 35 remote hubs organised around the world. These included all regions, with 42% from Africa and 23% from both the Latin America and Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific regions, with an active online presence, video-sharing and live-comments. There were more than one hub in Argentine, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Nigeria and Yemen.

There were 111 National, Regional, and Youth IGFs (NRIs) present at the IGF 2018 compared to 97 NRIs in the 2017 annual meeting. Since the 2017 annual meeting of the IGF, 9 more countries have established IGF processes, increasing the number of national IGFs to 80, and 5 communities established Youth IGFs, increasing the total number to 14. The total number of regional NRIs did not change during this time.

Of the 111 NRIs, 48 were physically present at the Paris IGF and 36 actively participated at the NRIs 3/10 main session on the evolution of Internet governance, with a focus on the multistakeholder approach. 32 different NRIs were involved in preparing 5 NRIs collaborative sessions during the IGF 2018 which focused on access, cybersecurity, digital economy, emerging technologies and fake news.

The IGF 2018 was followed by more than 80 journalists and covered by major global media outlets.

Social media activity is estimated to have reached more than 10,000,000 people, with around 52% of female activity of more than 1000 contributors and about a 90% of rather positive sentiment.

Breakdown by Main Themes



Breakdown of Onsite Participants by Stakeholder Group


Breakdown of Onsite Participants by Regional Group



Breakdown of Online Participants by Stakeholder Group


Breakdown of Online Participants by Regional Group





IGF Public Consultation:
Call for Inputs - Taking Stock


-2018 work programme & community intersessional activities 

-2018 IGF Annual Meeting

-2019 work programme & community intersessional activities

-2019 IGF Annual Meeting


All IGF stakeholders are invited to submit inputs to the IGF Secretariat related to the following questions. All inputs will be posted on the IGF website.  Please be as concrete as possible. Please also state your name, stakeholder group, region, organization, and whether you are submitting  in your individual capacity.

A) Taking Stock of 2018 programming, outputs, preparatory process, community intersessional activities and the 13th annual IGF: What worked well? What worked not so well?

B) What suggestions for improvements could be made for 2019? (Please focus on programming, the outputs preparatory processes, community intersessional activities and improvements for the 14th annual meeting and beyond.)

C) How could the IGF respond to the recommendations made by the UN  Secretary-General during his speech at the IGF 2018 Opening Ceremony

D) How could the IGF respond to President Macron’s “call for action” made during his speech at the IGF 2018 Opening Ceremony?

E) What other organizations/disciplines should the IGF be collaborating with and how/to what purpose?

F) The Secretary-General set up a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation  (HLPDC) to “identify good examples and propose modalities for working cooperatively across sectors, disciplines and borders to address challenges in the digital age” 
            1. How can the IGF contribute to the work of the HLPDC to help foster these aims?
            2. Do you have any specific inputs for the HLPDC in relation to the IGF?

All inputs should be  sent to takingstock [at] intgovforum [dot] org by 15 January 2019. Submissions will be made public on the  IGF website as received.

The Secretariat will produce a synthesis paper of all contributions received by the deadline, which will serve as an input to the 1st face-to-face Open Consultations and MAG Meeting of the 2019  IGF preparatory process.


Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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