[governance] Call for making the IGF permanent

Jeanette Hofmann jeanette at wzb.eu
Mon Sep 1 04:33:30 EDT 2014

Hi all,

at the BB meeting yesterday we discussed the idea of a BB statement that 
would ask the UN to make the IGF a permanent body instead of  renewing 
its mandate for another limited term of 5 or 10 years.
This idea found broad support among the attendees of the BB meeting.

Later on I discussed the content of such a statement with other 
stakeholders at the IGF and I got the impression that we might be able 
to draft a cross-stakeholder statement together with the technical 
community and the private sector. (Individual governments support such a 
statement too but I am not sure it would be possible within the few days 
available to coordiante enough signatures by governments to make this an 
all inclusive statement.)

Right now, a multi-stakeholder statement coming out of this IGF is only 
an idea that needs further exploration within the respective groups. So, 
with this email to the bb list and the IGC list I am asking for your 
opinions to find out if such a cross-stakeholder statement would find 
support in civil society.


P.S. Lately, I have been unable to post to the IGC list. If this email 
does not appear on the IGC list, would someone be so kind to forward it?

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