[Governance] UNSG Roadmap on digital cooperation: a brief status-check

Sheetal Kumar sheetal at gp-digital.org
Fri Apr 16 07:52:30 EDT 2021

Dear all,

There have been interesting exchanges on this list regarding the UNSG's
Roadmap on digital cooperation, and in particular the proposal for a IGF +
and a new 'high level multistakeholder advisory group' or MHLB.

Bruna and I thought it might be helpful for those less acquainted with the
discussions and with civil society engagement so far to have an overview of
how civil society has contributed so far to these discussions and what
their current status is.

We'd be happy to dedicate an hour or so in the coming weeks to catch people
up with what's been happening and answer any questions you may have, as
well as provide a space for reflection on the discussions so far.

For timezone purposes we suggest holding the call at 1 PM UTC. Please fill
out this doodle with some proposed dates in May:

Sheetal & Bruna

UN Digital Cooperation Process


   Road map for digital cooperation: implementation of the recommendations
   of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

   DiploFoundation summary of the Roadmap on Digital Cooperation

IGF and Mechanisms for Global Digital Cooperation


   "Recommendation 5A/BOptions for the Future of Global Digital
   Cooperation" Paper.

   MAG WG on Strengthening the IGF paper

Civil Society Statements, positions and inputs


   Just Net Coalition Statement - More than 170 Civil Society Groups
   Worldwide Oppose Plans for a Big Tech Dominated Body for Global Digital
   Governance <https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech.pdf>,

   Letter of intent for engagement with the UN SG's Digital Cooperation
   October 2020;

   IGF - Civil Society Joint Statement for Main Session on Digital
   November 2020;

   The UN HLP on Digital Cooperation: Top-down Calls for More Cooperation
   Internet Governance Project Blog Post

   Open letter on the interpretation of paragraph 93(a) of the UN
   Secretary-General's Roadmap on Digital Cooperation

   Non-State Actors’ Position Paper on the appointment of the UN Tech
   - Civil Society Initial Feedback "Developing System-Wide Guidance on
   Human Rights Due Diligence for Technology Concept Note."



   IGF High-Level session on Digital Cooperation


*Sheetal Kumar*
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