Working Group on Improvements to the IGF

On 19 July 2010, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted by consensus resolution 2010/2 on the “Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society”. By this resolution, ECOSOC “invites the Chair of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) to establish, in an open and inclusive manner, a working group which would seek, compile and review inputs from all Member States and all other stakeholders on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), in line with the mandate set out in the Tunis Agenda,(...)".

At its inter-sessional meeting on 17 December 2010, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) decided  that the Working Group on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) be made up of 22 member states: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Lesotho, Lithuania, Pakistan, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United States of America.

At the same meeting, the Chair of the CSTD also invited the following stakeholders to interactively participate in the Working Group, bearing in mind the established rules of procedure of ECOSOC, who will remain fully engaged throughout the process: five representatives from the business community; five representatives from civil society; five representatives from the technical and academic community; and five representatives from Intergovernmental organizations.

For more information, please consult the report of the meeting, available here.

At its third meeting, held on 31 October-02 November 2011, the  Working Group agreed on the membership of Kenya as host country of a completed IGF (27-30 September 2011). For more information, please consult "the Chairman's summary of the meeting" as found below.

Fifth meeting

The fifth and final meeting of the Working Group took place on 20-22 February 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the meeting, the Group finalised its work with the development of a report with recommendations on improvements to the IGF, which will be submitted to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) during its 15th session to be held 21-25 May 2012, in Geneva.

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Fourth meeting

The fourth meeting of the Working Group took place on 11-13 January 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the meeting, the Group will continue to work on a report on improvements to the IGF, which will be submitted to the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) during its 15th session in May 2012.

The meeting is open to Members of the CSTD Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum.

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Third meeting

The Working Group held its third meeting in Geneva from 31 October through 2 November 2011 to continue its discussion on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

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Second meeting

The Group met again in Geneva on 24 and 25 March 2011 for its second meeting.

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Prior to the second meeting, the Working Group published a questionnaire. All stakeholders are invited to submit their contributions to the questionnaire by email to cstdwg-igf@unctad.org.

All contributions received so far can be consulted by clicking on the button below.

 

 

 

First meeting

The Working Group on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum held its first meeting in Montreux, Switzerland on 25 and 26 February 2011 in the Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic.

Prior to the meeting, Working Group members and invited participants were asked to complete a questionnaire and provide their thoughts on possible improvements to the IGF. Ten responses were submitted. The individual responses as well a compilation of responses can be accessed by clicking on the buttons below:

 

 

 

 

To learn more about the first meeting of the Working Group and its outcomes, we invite you to use the links below:

Report on the Working Group

The Report gives a brief account of the establishment and the outcome of the two meetings held by the Working Group in early 2011.

During these two meetings, the Group sought, compiled and reviewed inputs from member States and other stakeholders on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum, in line with the mandate set out in the Tunis Agenda.

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About CSTD

The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Commission provides the General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant science and technology issues.

UNCTAD is responsible for the substantive servicing of the Commission.

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Preliminary consultations

Prior to the setting-up of the Working Group, the Vice-Chair of the CSTD, Mr Frédéric Riehl, held a number of open consultations.

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