¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This Toolkit is based on inputs from existing and emerging IGF Initiatives, and draws on their suggestions for information that describes the basic requirements for an IGF initiative to be listed on the IGF website. It also offers suggestions about organizing structures.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The Toolkit stands as an advisory document and is a result of the NRIs collaborative process on establishing basic requirements such as adhering to the IGF principles.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals in discussions on issues pertaining to the Internet. It is convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and administered by the IGF Secretariat, under the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), while its format and substantive agenda is developed by the members of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), appointed by the UN Secretary General on a yearly basis, and based upon inputs received from the broad stakeholder community during the open, public consultations.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 At the annual IGF event, participants discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF helps to facilitate common understandings of how to maximize Internet opportunities, address different types of challenges that arise, through a bottom up, multistakeholder, open, transparent and inclusive manner.
¶ 8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Every year, the IGF launches a call for input, where the wider community suggests substantive topics that require in-depth discussion. These are valuable inputs that would further be reviewed and clustered, and the final agenda developed by the MAG, ensuring that it reflects the needs of the global multistakeholder community.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 After the agenda is created, the community continues developing the substantive program (e.g., developing the content for various types of sessions) for the annual meeting.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Since its first event in 2006, the global IGF has inspired the development of numerous IGF initiatives. National, sub-regional and regional IGF initiatives (NRIs) are IGF events that are organized by the community at the national, regional and sub-regional levels, in a bottom-up manner.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 In recent years, a number of youth IGFs have also been developed by younger members of the IGF community. These IGF initiatives are part of a process that aims at further including and amplifying new voices.
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 For further reference, “IGF Initiatives” or the ‘’NRIs’’ is used in this document as a term that stands for National, Sub-Regional, Regional and Youth IGF initiatives.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Different IGF initiatives can organize and coordinate local stakeholders to participate in the global IGF, however, their primary purpose is to promote multistakeholder dialogue and cooperation aimed at tackling local issues.
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 The IGF sees IGF initiatives as valuable contributors in conducting an inclusive and open multistakeholder discussion on matters pertaining to the Internet. Individual engagement is very important, since we are all responsible for the Internet’s success and impact; thus, the IGF Initiatives play a central role. It is important to keep learning from each other and to contribute, all in our capacity, to build an inclusive, open, and free Internet for all.
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Collaboration between IGF initiatives significantly helps participants at the global IGF to better understand the substance of the issues existing around the world. It is equally important to note that IGF initiatives also reflect the need for greater stakeholder inclusion. For instance, the development of youth IGFs has served as a platform for voicing new perspectives to national, regional, and international Internet governance debates and processes.
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 It is important to note that there are many multistakeholder conferences related to Internet governance that are not IGF initiatives. However, if a multistakeholder conference wants to be recognized by the IGF Secretariat as an IGF initiative, it needs to follow a set of baseline principles, described in further detail below.
¶ 17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 In addition to honoring these principles, the IGF initiative has to submit a meeting report to the IGF Secretariat. Any guidance provided in this Toolkit, outside of these baseline requirements, are suggestions only and offered by other IGF initiatives as good practice.
¶ 19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 We hope that this publication will help those looking to organize an IGF Initiative to understand what are the essential steps for establishing an IGF initiative, how to engage with the existing ones and what is the value of all stakeholders respecting the core IGF principles of being open, inclusive, bottom-up, multistakeholder, and non-commercial in our work.