[bestbits] [governance] Call for making the IGF permanent

William Drake wjdrake at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 05:49:50 EDT 2014

On Sep 3, 2014, at 7:57 PM, Lee W McKnight <lmcknigh at syr.edu> wrote:

> Split the difference.
> Everyone agrees/calls for a ten year planning horizon for UN participation in IGF; 

The UN GA would do that for us, so why would do it and disarm at the front end?  As for 10, you get 5.   That’s the point of asking for a permanent mandate, so when there’s push back and control agendas and conditions being proposed and tactical linkages being made to residual intergovernmental enhanced cooperation plays in exchange for a five year extension we can negotiate to a higher middle ground of ten.

Why anyone would think that keeping the UNGA in a position of being able to kick the IGF around every five years and the DESA in a position to micromanage based on institutional weakness is a path to some higher level of accountability is really beyond me.

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