[bestbits] IGF retreat starts

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Fri Jul 15 09:06:55 EDT 2016

Dear all

The UNDESA convened retreat on the IGF is starting. Some people will
tweet, and the secretariat will share summaries of discussion. Follow at

Chatham House rule is being applied. So no attribution - we can write
about what was said but not by whem.

The agenda, information about participants and submissions in response
to the open call are all here:


Here is how the process is described on the site:

"Against that backdrop, a two-day working retreat is proposed by UN
Secretariat as part of the process of continual improvement of the IGF.
A strategic dialogue will be held among experts, policymakers and
practitioners in enriching IGF as the global forum for facilitating
multistakeholder policy discussion and exchange on public policy issues
related to key elements of Internet governance, in order to foster the
sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the
Internet (in line with its mandate as established by the Tunis Agenda
para 72)."


Expected outcomes of the retreat include (but are not limited to): (i)
ways to improve the overall preparatory process of the IGF, the
structure and nomination process for the Multistakeholder Advisory Group
(MAG), and ways to strengthen the IGF Secretariat; (ii) measures to
engage those stakeholders who are currently unengaged, with a view to
expand and diversify physical and virtual participation; (iii) finding
ways to better capture the outputs of the IGF and increasing their
visibility and impact; (iv) ideas to support the work of national and
regional IGF initiatives, and leverage the synergies between them as
well as synergies with the IGF; and (v) modalities to ensure sustained
funding to support the IGF and the IGF Secretariat.

Thanks to CSCG for nominating me to be part of this process. Thanks to
to those of you who sent in submissions. There is rich content - and a
good mix of concrete and broader more analytical input among the
submission. Doing justice to all these ideas in a 2-day process will be

We have been reassured that this process is one of an longer and ongoing
process of facilitating debate about the IGF.


Anriette Esterhuysen
Executive Director
Association for Progressive Communications
anriette at apc.org
IM: ae_apc

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