[governance] Re: [bestbits] IGF open consultation and MAG meeting December 2014

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Fri Sep 26 06:02:18 EDT 2014

Thanks Bill.. very important addition.


On 25/09/2014 11:32, William Drake wrote:
> Hi
> +100 with one small addition
> On Sep 25, 2014, at 11:01 AM, Anriette Esterhuysen <anriette at apc.org
> <mailto:anriette at apc.org>> wrote:
>> Dear all
>> As there will be fairly dramatic rotation of civil society
>> representatives on the MAG this year (most of us are up for rotation)
>> I think it is very important that we submit well-prepared written
>> submissions, and that as many of us as possible attend the December
>> meetings.
>> I would suggest that IRP makes a submission was we need to make sure
>> that human rights issues do not slip off the agenda. We need some
>> fixed platform for synthesising rights issues at every IGF. The Round
>> Table format in my view works very well, but then it is imperative
>> that it is not scheduled to conflict with rights related workshops as
>> was the case in Istanbul.
>> And if both Best Bits and Governance can send inputs that will also
>> be good, and of course others too such as Just Net and NCUC.  APC
>> will as always do our 'assessment' and use that as a basis for
>> submission.
>> The other thing that would be helpful would be for civil society
>> groups to have some idea about what theme or themes to support for
>> the next IGF
>> Also some specific things to focus on would be:
>> 1) The Best Practice Forum mechanism - recommendations, feedback on
>> what worked what did not, etc.
>> 2) Workshop proposal review process - a constant 'work in progress'
>> which still has flaws in my view
>> 3) Format of the event - I am going to propose that the IGF makes use
>> of the services of someone who specialises in participatory event
>> organisation (very good people that we have worked with in the past
>> are https://aspirationtech.org/events)
> 4)  Strengthening the IGF, consistent with the NETmundial statement.
>  Intersessional work to prepare a topic or two that is ‘mature’ enough
> to yield some measure of convergence and could be treated for one day
> in the NM manner could be a very useful way to demonstrate the
> increasing utility of the IGF to the UNGA and others.  There are
> various ideas about how this might be done, and it’d be great to see
> some of them in submissions.
> Best
> Bill
>> So just a few thoughts.  If CS groups are going to submit collective
>> inputs there is not that much time left to prepare them.
>> Best
>> Anriette
>> *Call for Input*
>> All stakeholders are invited to submit by *27 October 2014* written
>> contributions taking stock of the Istanbul IGF meeting and looking
>> forward to the IGF 2015 meeting, including suggestions on the format,
>> schedule and themes. The written contributions will be synthesized
>> into a paper that will form an input into the Open Consultations and
>> MAG meetings of 1-3 December. Please send all contributions 
>> to takingstock2014 at intgovforum.org
>> <mailto:takingstock2014 at intgovforum.org>.
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anriette esterhuysen
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