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PART E: Appendices

Appendix 3: Call for input

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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion – Phase II:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Call for Public Input

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 11 July 2016

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6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Introduction

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 In 2015, over 70 submissions, including 22 from national and regional IGF initiatives (NRIs), contributed to the development of a set of Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion that were presented at IGF 2015 in João Pessoa, Brazil, in November 2015.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The first phase of the IGF intersessional project Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion (2015) focused on developing a set of policy options aiming at the creation of enabling environments, including deploying infrastructure, increasing usability, enabling users and ensuring affordability.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 In April 2016, the MAG decided to explore further developing the IGF “Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion”.

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11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Phase II (2016): Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 The UN Agenda for Sustainable Development identifies information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the Internet as horizontal enablers for development. Paragraph 9-c. sets an important goal for the international community, namely to:

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020”

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Given ICTs and the Internet are so important to development, it is critical that policy options and strategies be tailored to local needs and specificities. In 2016, it is proposed to further develop the 2015 Policy Options by emphasizing local and regional specificities and by demonstrating how Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion contributes to reaching the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Learn more about this initiative

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Read the full outline framework document, including a more detailed description, explanation of modalities, and timeline, here.

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19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Guidelines for background contributions

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 All stakeholders are invited to submit contributions on the theme “Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion”. Contributions from NRIs, best practice forums (BPFs), dynamic coalitions (DCs), and IGF workshops are particularly welcome.

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22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 What format should my feedback be in?

23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 Contributions are preferred in Microsoft Word, but should as far as possible be supported by links to studies, reports, references, statistics, etc. and are expected to be of reasonable length in order to maximize readability. Additional templates may be developed to aid contributions if this is deemed helpful.

24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 What will happen to my contribution?

25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 All contributions will be published on the IGF’s website and will be analysed and incorporated into the outcome document for Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion, as far as is deemed possible and relevant by the editorial group of volunteers. All contributors’ details will be credited in the outcome document, and contributions may be published on the IGF’s website.

26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 What is the deadline for contributions?

27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 While we would appreciate input by 31 July 2016, we will continue to receive contributions on a rolling basis until 31 August for the first draft.

28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 To facilitate the participation of national and regional IGF initiatives (NRIs) that might only host their respective events later this year, no deadline has been prescribed for NRIs.

29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 Who do I send my feedback to?

30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 Email contributions should be sent to Anri van der Spuy ([email protected]) and Brian Gutterman ([email protected]).

31 Leave a comment on paragraph 31 0 What if I have more questions?

32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 For further queries, or for more information, please contact Constance Bommelaer ([email protected]), the coordinator of this initiative.
Proposed questions to guide your response:

33 Leave a comment on paragraph 33 1 While inputs of any format will be considered for incorporation, a suggested format could include bullet points addressing some or all of the following questions:

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  2. How would you define, or how do you understand, the theme “Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion”?
  3. The first phase of Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion (2015) identified a set of policy options aimed at the creation of enabling environments, including deploying infrastructure, increasing usability, enabling users, and ensuring affordability. What are the factors to consider when adopting these policy options at local levels (e.g. the state of a country’s market development, the available infrastructure, level of capacity-building, etc.)?
  4. Are you aware of any specificities around connectivity at a local or regional level? (In other words, do you know of factors that impact connectivity in, for instance, rural areas but less so at an urban level? Or factors that affect connectivity at regional or larger scale, but not as noticeably at local or smaller scale?)
  5. Data shows that the growth of Internet adoption is slowing down in some areas, especially as broadband services extend to more remote, less densely populated areas (facing challenges beyond affordability and availability).[1] What are some of the barriers or limitations preventing people who do have Internet access from being enabled or empowered through such connectivity?
  6. What does meaningful access mean?
  7. How can connectivity contribute to reaching the new SDGs?
  8. Do you know examples of stories where using ICTs to support development has not worked, and why?
  9. Can you think of ways in which ICTs or Internet connectivity could be used to help reach the SDGs?
  10. Do you know of examples of success stories that can illustrate how Internet access can help to address real-world problems (in either developed or developing countries)? For example, do you have stories or experiences to share regarding some or all of the following SDG-related questions:
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  • How can connecting and enabling users help to reduce poverty in its various forms? (SDG 1)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to end hunger, achieve food security and support improved nutrition? (SDG 2)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to promote sustainable agriculture? (SDG 2)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to ensure healthy lives and to promote well-being at all ages? (SDG 3)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education? (SDG 4)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to promote lifelong learning opportunities? (SDG 4)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to achieve gender equality? (SDG 5)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to empower women and girls? (SDG 5)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation? (SDG 6)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy? (SDG 7)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth? (SDG 8)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to promote full and productive employment? (SDG 8)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to ensure decent work? (SDG 8)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation? (SDG 9)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to reduce inequality within and among countries? (SDG 10)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable? (SDG 11)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns? (SDG 12)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to combat climate change and its impacts? (SDG 13)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development? (SDG 14)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss? (SDG 15)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development? (SDG 16)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to provide access to justice for all? (SDG 16)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels? (SDG 16)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to strengthen the means of implementation (SDG 17)
  • How can connecting and enabling users help to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development? (SDG 17)

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39 Leave a comment on paragraph 39 0 [1] Broadband Commission (2015). The State of Broadband 2015. Available online: http://www.broadbandcommission.org/documents/reports/bb-annualreport2015.pdf.

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