[governance] Re: [bestbits] Draft statement on making IGF permanent

Matthew Shears mshears at cdt.org
Mon Sep 1 11:42:28 EDT 2014

Jeanette, Stephanie

Great initiative.   Would be wonderful if we could turn this around, get 
signatures and announce during the open mic/closing session.

Can we try and get comments by end of Wednesday, sign-ons by end of day 

Letter may be a little long and overly full of UN text references - but 
that may be a matter of tweaking.



On 9/1/2014 5:46 PM, Jeanette Hofmann wrote:
> Hi all,
> Stephanie Perrin and I have drafted a statement that asks the UN 
> Secretary to consider renewing the mandate of the IGF on a permanent 
> basis.
> About 90% of the text are quotes from UN documents referring to the 
> IGF and from the NetMundial Statement.
> Our draft is intended to reflect the views of all stakeholders and 
> perhaps get a broad endorsement at the end of the IGF.
> Right now, it is just a draft. Changes are welcome.
> We have set up a pad for editing:
> https://etherpad.mozilla.org/LQO468JD1K
> For convenience we also paste the text into this email below.
> The goal is to complete the editing before the end of the IGF.
> Stephanie and Jeanette
> Request for consideration to the UN Secretary General on permanence of 
> the IGF
> In 2005, the UN Member states asked the UN Secretary-General in the 
> Tunis Agenda, to convene a meeting of the new forum for 
> multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum 
> (IGF). (Footnote: paragraph 72, Tunis Agenda)
> The mandate of the Forum was to discuss public policy issues relating 
> to key elements of Internet governance, such as those enumerated in
> the Tunis Agenda, in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, 
> security, stability and development of the Internet in developed and 
> developing countries. The Forum was not to replace existing 
> arrangements, mechanisms, institutions or organizations. It was 
> intended to constitute a neutral, non-duplicative and non-binding 
> process, and have no involvement in day-to-day or technical operations 
> of the Internet.
> The Tunis Agenda also asked the UN Secretary-General to examine the 
> desirability of the continuation of the Forum, in formal consultation 
> with Forum participants, within five years of its creation, and to 
> make recommendations to the UN Membership in this regard. At its 
> sixty-fifth session, the General Assembly decided to extend the 
> mandate of the IGF, underlining the need to improve the IGF “with a 
> view to linking it to the broader dialogue on global Internet 
> governance”.
> In his note on the continuation of the Internet Governance Forum, the 
> UN Secretary General confirmed that the IGF was unique and valuable. 
> It is a place where Governments, civil society, the private sector and 
> international organizations discuss important questions of economic 
> and social development. They share their insights and achievements and 
> build a common understanding of the Internet’s great potential.
> The Secretary-General recommended that
> (a) That the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum be extended for 
> a further five years;
> (b) That the desirability of continuation be considered again by Member
> States within the context of a 10-year review of implementation of the 
> outcome of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015;
> Footnote: (General Assembly, Sixty-fifth session, Item 17 of the 
> preliminary list*,  Information and communications technologies for 
> development, Economic and Social Council, Substantive session of 2010 
> New York, 28 June-23 July 2010, Agenda item 13 (b)**)
> The NetMundial Meeting, convened by the Government of Brazil, stated 
> in the NetMundial Multistakeholder Statement on April 24th, 2014, that 
> there is a need for a strengthened Internet Governance Forum (IGF). 
> Important recommendations to that end had already been made by the UN 
> CSTD working group on IGF improvements. The NetMundial Statement also 
> stated that “a strengthened IGF could better serve as a platform for 
> discussing both long standing and emerging issues with a view to 
> contributing to the identification of possible ways to address them.”
> Given the significance of the Internet Governance Forum for the 
> continuing development of Internet governance, we request the UN 
> Secretary General to  establish the IGF as a permanent 
> multistakeholder forum.  We also request that the UN Secretary General 
> work with the IGF and its stakeholders to strengthen its structure and 
> processes.
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Matthew Shears
Director - Global Internet Policy and Human Rights
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
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