[bestbits] Re: [governance] Call for nominations: CSTD WG on enhanced cooperation

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Fri Feb 22 03:20:20 EST 2013

Dear Adam

On support for travel expenses. The GA resolution encourages 
contributions to be made into a trust fund to support the work of the 
working group.
Based on past experience while serving on the WG on IGF Improvements 
there was not always support available for travel to the meetings, but 
the CSTD secretariat ensured that remote participation was possible, and 
the Chairperson, Mr. Peter Major, was very sensitive to the inclusion of 
the remote participants.

On dates. Apologies for leaving that out.

*Deadline for submitting CS nominations to me: 4 March 2013*

Deadline for submitting nominations to the CSTD chairperson is 8 March 2013

Announcement of composition of WG 11 - 15 March 2013

  April - May 2013: first meeting of the working group (pending 
availability of resources)

30 -31 May 2013: second meeting of the working group (just before the 
16th session of the CSTD in June)


> Hi Anriette,
> Thanks for this information.
> Point 7 mentions a time commitment and willingness  to travel to
> meetings. Will CSTD cover travel and other expenses to attend
> meetings?
> What's the closing date for nominations and general timeline for
> announcing the WG members etc,
> Best,
> Adam
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 4:57 AM, Anriette Esterhuysen <anriette at apc.org> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues
>> *Call for nominees from civil society to join the CSTD Working Group on
>> Enhanced Cooperation*
>> I have been asked by Mr. Miguel Palomino de la Gala, Chairperson of the
>> Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) to act as
>> the focal point for gathering nominations for the 5 civil society
>> positions on the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation. I realise
>> that the IGC Nomcom has already started the process of gathering
>> nominations and will definitely include the names they propose in the
>> pool I compile along with an explanation of how they were selected.
>> Please pass this invitation around to other civil society organisations
>> or networks you work with.
>> *Background*
>> The formation of such a working group (WG) was first discussed at the
>> 15th session of the CSTD in May 2012. The request to the Chairperson to
>> convene the group was confirmed in resolution 67/195 of the 67th session
>> of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
>> http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/67/195
>> The task of the WG will bes to examine the "mandate of the World Summit
>> on the Information Society regarding enhanced cooperation as contained
>> in the Tunis Agenda, through seeking, compiling and reviewing inputs
>> from all Member States and all other stakeholders, and to make
>> recommendations on how to fully implement this mandate". The working
>> group has to report to the Commission at its 17th session in 2014 as an
>> input to the overall review of the outcomes of the WSIS. I am not in a
>> position to say how many times the WG will meet, but assume it is likely
>> to meet at least twice before submitting its report in May 2014.
>> *Role of the civil society focal point*
>> The role of the focal point for civil society is to assist the CSTD
>> Chair in reaching out to interested parties among civil society who
>> would like to be considered for participation in the group. The Chair of
>> the CSTD will decide on and announce the final composition of the
>> Working Group.
>> *Composition of the WG*
>> The WG will be made up of representatives from 22 Member States (four
>> per regional group plus the two that have hosted the World Summit on the
>> Information Society) and as invitees, five representatives each from (a)
>> the private sector, (b) civil society, (c) the technical and academic
>> communities and (d) intergovernmental and international organizations.
>> *Process for nominations*
>> If you would like to nominate yourself, or another individual, please
>> send an email to me (anriette at apc.org) copying Emilar Vushe
>> (emilar at apc.org).
>> Please include:
>> 1. Your name, email and contact number
>> 2. The civil  society entities (network or organisations) that you are
>> affiliated to
>> 3. The capacity of this affiliation if applicable (e.g. "member" or your
>> job title)
>> 3. Your country of residence
>> 4. Your nationality and your gender
>> Could you also please answer the following questions to assist the CSTD
>> chair in making the final selection:
>> 5.What experience and expertise do you have in public-interest oriented
>> policy processes that involve cooperation between governments, and also
>> between governments and non-governmental stakeholder groups? Note that
>> people from sectors other than internet/ICTs are welcome and could have
>> a lot to contribute.
>> 6. What experience and expertise do you have in enhanced cooperation in
>> the context of the WSIS process and internet governance in general?
>> 7. Are you able to commit to the time needed to travel to WG meetings
>> and participate in these meetings and in WG activity? Meetings will mostly
>> be in Geneva.
>> Please let me know if you have any questions. I will try to answer them
>> to the best of my ability.
>> Sincerely
>> Anriette Esterhuysen
>> --
>> ------------------------------------------------------
>> anriette esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
>> executive director, association for progressive communications
>> www.apc.org
>> po box 29755, melville 2109
>> south africa
>> tel/fax +27 11 726 1692
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anriette esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
executive director, association for progressive communications
po box 29755, melville 2109
south africa
tel/fax +27 11 726 1692

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