[Governance] The final pre-IGF online discussions - register now

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Mon Oct 26 07:55:40 EDT 2020

Dear all

The final two pre-IGF online discussions this week. Hope to see you
there. Please share with your networks.



*IGF strategy and strengthening in 2020: A series of pre-IGF online
discussions convened by the IGF MAG chair and the MAG Working Group on
IGF Strategy and Strengthening during September and October 2020*

The IGF's mandate was renewed for a further 10 years by the UN General
Assembly in December ‎‎2015. The current year, 2020, marks the midway
point of this extended mandate. In addition, the ‎recently released UN
Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and its support for
a ‎strengthened and expanded IGF (the IGF+) presents the opportunity for
‎deeper engagement on the IGF's achievements and challenges and for
exploring approaches for ‎addressing emerging Internet policy issues.‎
To reflect on the IGF's achievement of its mandate and contribute ‎to
the discussion on the architecture for digital cooperation, the IGF MAG
chair, in ‎collaboration with the IGF MAG Working Group on IGF
Strengthening and Strategy, is convening ‎a series of online discussions
during September and October 2020. ‎


 *1. The IGF and capacity development* - Tuesday, 27 October 2020,
13:00-15:00 UTC -

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Tuesday 27 October 2020, 13:00-15:00 UTC

Overview of topic


*IGF as a platform for capacity building*

/“The need for digital capacity-building is substantial. Achieving real
and sustained progress in the various dimensions of digitalization
requires skills development and effective training, in particular in
developing countries.”/ 

The UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, June 2020

To be effective and fair, Internet governance must be inclusive - it is
important to find ways to make sure all stakeholders and parts of the
world can be involved in the discussions and decision-making processes.
With its ability to bring people together at the global level, combined
with the National and Regional IGFs that link back to the country level,
the IGF is well-placed to play a part in the necessary capacity-building.

This webinar will begin with a review of plans to further
capacity-building within the broader digital cooperation environment. It
will then explore the ways in which the IGF currently contributes to
capacity-building, and how these activities might be further developed
as part of the plans to strengthen the IGF.

This discussion will be stimulated by the presentation of a draft IGF
capacity development framework (which can be found
as well as perspectives on the work of Schools on Internet Governance
and Youth Initiatives.  

Session outline


Moderator: Ben Wallis (IGF MAG and member of WG

*1) The broader capacity-building environment and thoughts on how the
IGF could support this *(20 mins)

  * Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau
    of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU
  * Robert Opp, Chief Digital Officer / Derek Pieper, Policy Specialist,
    UN Development Programme (UNDP)
  * JeoungHee Kim, Office of the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary
    General, Fabrizio Hochschild

 *2) The current role of the IGF *(10 mins)

  * Wai Min Kwok, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer,
    UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

*3) Thoughts on building out the IGF’s capacity-building activities *(15

  * Research into capacity development for the IGF – based on a research
    study carried out in 2019 by Anriette Esterhuysen, 2020 Chair of the
    IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) 
      o Assessment of the Internet capacity development needs of IGF
        stakeholders -
      o A draft framework for capacity development for the Internet
        Governance Forum -

*4) Reflections from parts of the Internet governance ecosystem *(15 mins)

  * The role of Schools on Internet Governance (SIGs) and their
    relationship to the IGF - Avri Doria, coordinator, Dynamic Coalition
    on Schools of IG

  * The role of Youth initiatives

- Lily Botsyoe Edinam, Hacklab Ghana and 2018 IGF Youth Fellow

- Elisabeth Schauermann, German Informatics Society and Coordinator of

*5) Open discussion *(60 mins)



MAG chair and IGF Secretariat and MAG WG-Strategy

Register for the discussion



*2. The IGF and linguistic diversity: challenges and achievements and
possible next steps* - Wednesday, 28 October 2020 13:00-15:00 UTC -

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Wednesday 28 October 2020, 13:00-15:00 UTC

Register for the discussion



Overview of topic


An overview of efforts the IGF is currently making to respond to the
goal to be ‎inclusive and affirm linguistic diversity. However, simply
providing translation ‎into UN languages of some documents and
interpretation at certain sessions, is not ‎only not enough, it could
also consolidate the marginalisation of other languages ‎and the people
that speak them. Should the IGF make greater use of machine
‎translation? Are there other emerging technologies the IGF should
consider using ‎to achieve more inclusion and linguistic diversity.‎

Discussion leads


Moderator, June Parris (MAG member)

Members of the MAG Working Group on Language including Lucien Castex and
Amado Espinosa.



MAG chair and IGF MAG WG-strategy and IGF MAG WG on language ‎

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