[Governance] IGF Leadership panel: My personal stance

Remmy Nweke remmyn at gmail.com
Sun Nov 28 15:59:39 EST 2021

Nnenna nominated and seconded as well by us.

On Sun, 28 Nov 2021, 21:47 Lee W McKnight via Governance, <
governance at lists.igcaucus.org> wrote:

> Following on Nnenna’s excellent points, and example:
>    - The 15 years ‘do nothing but talk’ history of IGF is an accident – a
>    bug not a feature - because it was intentionally stifled at birth. And not
>    permitted in the final WSIS negotiations, to do more.
>    - I engaged in global civil disobedience at the 3rd IGF to register my
>    objection to that stifling; by asking for a show of hands (gasp! The
>    horror!) in a Hyderabad panel discussion I was moderating on the JPA that
>    Milton among others may recall.
>       - I wished to make the point that such stifling was foolish, and
>       not in anyone’s long-term interest.
>          - My breach of IGF etiquette did not pass unnoticed at the time,
>          but that’s also not the point.
>       - Some of the orgs most upset with me at the time -now – would also
>       like the IGF to get out of the box it was put in at birth.  So we all move
>       on.
>       - Many, dare I say most, recognize for the IGF to gain/have
>       relevance going forward, more is needed than talk.
>    - Whether the leadership panel is the ideal, or only way to make that
>    happen is not the point.
>    - Only issue now is whether IGC can get out of its own way to engage –
>    with the Secretary General -and other multi-stakeholders.
>    - To help us move ahead, I nominate, or  second, and endorse 1000%
>    Nnenna for the Leadership panel on behalf of IGC.
> *From:* Governance <governance-bounces at lists.igcaucus.org> *On Behalf Of *Nnenna
> Nwakanma via Governance
> *Sent:* Sunday, November 28, 2021 8:06 AM
> *To:* Governance <governance at lists.igcaucus.org>
> *Subject:* [Governance] IGF Leadership panel: My personal stance
> Dear all
> I do not have energy for  drawn-out debates. However, let me state my
> personal perspective of the IGF Leadership panel
>    - After 15 years of IGF, I, personally would like to see it take on
>    more policy engagement, beyond the "talk, conversation, sharing experience"
>    status in which it is at the moment. Wolfgang and Jovan's points provide
>    enough background
>    - I also do  not think that the IGF Leadership panel will prove to be
>    a silver bullet, but it is worth a try.
>    - The process that led to the Digital Cooperation Roadmap, which gave
>    birth to the IGF suggestion was fully mutlistakeholder.  I have
>    participated, in my personal capacity and via the Web Foundation for the
>    past 3 years, right from BEFORE Paris IGF till today.
>    - There is a Civil Society group (let me know if you  or your
>    organisation wishes to engage) that has kept in collaboration with the
>    Office of the UN Tech Envoy since its inception. Many orgs in this list are
>    also there.
>    - Some of us plan to engage in Our Common Agenda
>    <https://www.un.org/en/content/common-agenda-report/>, and most
>    importantly, the Global Digital Compact, that we believe will be in the
>    works mainly in 2022 and 2023. This is the "Rebuilding after COVID Pandemic
>    Report" launched by the UNSG at the UNGA76 as requested by the UNGA75
>    - Personally, I have been asked by many if it is okay to nominate me
>    to the IGF Leadership panel and my response has been "Yes, if you consider
>    it right and think I can bring value".
>    - Again, as a personal principle, I do not self nominate for anything,
>    anywhere.
> All for now
> Nnenna
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