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IGF NRIs Toolkit

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 I IGF INITIATIVES

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Over time, many of the stakeholders from around the world have organized themselves into multistakeholder groups to discuss  Internet governance related issues emerging from their respective communities. Such practices contributed to the formation of national, sub-regional, regional IGFs and youth IGFs in different parts of the world. All IGF initiatives, regardless of the level they are organized at, have agreed to adhere to the same IGF principles as the global IGF, which draws its principles from the Tunis Agenda.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This publication will review those principles and ways to establish one IGF initiative. It will also reflect the requirement for reporting of the initiatives toward their respective communities and the IGF.

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  2. IGF initiatives: what are they?

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 IGF initiatives are the Internet Governance Forums organized as a reflection of the need of a particular community. They are classified as:

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 If an initiative is organized at the national basis in one country, then it is classified as a national IGF. In case the initiative is organized to serve the needs of one particular region, then that  classifies them either as sub-regional or regional IGFs, depending on the size of the geographic area. The main criteria for identifying a region is geography, but also in some cases mutual language and culture are considered.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Youth IGFs are specifically organized forums that discuss the issues pertaining to the Internet arena from the youth[1] point of view.

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  2. A check list on how to organize an IGF initiative?

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 In case there is an interest within one respective community to discuss the issues pertaining to the Internet, and the main practical steps to organize a national, sub-regional, regional, or youth IGF include but are not limited to the following:

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  • Consult your wider community and engage with different stakeholders within it
  • Contact the IGF Secretariat. They can provide advice and support during your planning process
  • Make sure that a multistakeholder core Organizing Team is established where its membership composition comes from at least three different stakeholder groups
  • Ensure that the Initiative conducts work in accordance with the main IGF principles of being open, inclusive, multistakeholder, bottom up and non-commercial
  • Ensure that decisions are reached based on public consultations with different stakeholders and community members
  • Send regular updates to the IGF Secretariat that will further inform the NRIs Network and wider IGF respective community

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 These listed checklist items on the IGF core principles, the multistakeholder composition of the core organizing teams and  on guidelines on reporting,  are explained further below.

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  2. NRIs respective communities

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 At the beginning of the organizational process, the IGF initiatives are encouraged to describe the community scope they act within.

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 In principle, the national IGF initiatives act within one country.[2] Sub-regional and regional IGFs are more complex in this sense. Usually, they are developed around one geographic region, like the IGF initiatives  in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Caribbean, or around one language and/or culture, like the Arab IGF.

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Sub-regional IGFs are encouraged to describe, to the extent possible, the geographic region they will be acting within, mainly referring to the countries and regions they aim to collaborate with, as well as the central criteria for engagement (for example, shared cultural values, geographic location, shared language, etc.). In line with the principles of being open, however, defining the (sub-)regional scope does not imply that interested stakeholders from different regions, if interested, are prohibited from participating.

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 The IGF initiatives, regardless of their respective geographic, cultural, or linguistic representations, should be open to all interested stakeholders.

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  2. Main objectives of the NRIs

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 The NRIs should define the main objectives of their initiatives, as well as the key leading principles and goals they aim for, within their overall work.

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 In principle, the NRIs should provide the answers to why the particular initiative is organized and what the main goal is for organizing the NRIs’ annual meeting(s) in their objective statements.

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  2. Raise awareness, build capacity and promote a better understanding of Internet governance-related matters among the stakeholders of their respective community;
  3. Facilitate a multistakeholder discussion and exchanges of ideas and opinions. They should seek to foster multistakeholder collaboration among the stakeholders from their respective community; and
  4. Bring the perspectives of the respective community to the global IGF agenda and vice-versa.
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Source: https://www.intgovforum.org/review/toolkit-to-help-communities-to-establish-igf-initiatives/2/