Internet Governance Forum 2015: Open Consultation and MAG Meeting to be held in Paris this week

The IGF Secretariat will host the third face-to-face Open Consultations and MAG Meeting of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) annual meeting preparatory cycle from 2 to 4 September at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Chair of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš from Latvia will chair the 3-day meeting focused on preparations for the 2015 IGF set to be held in João Pessoa, Brazil from 10 to 13 November. The main focus of the meeting will be to move forward programming of the overall meeting (workshop scheduling, main session preparations, arrangements for remote participation, etc.) and to also meet face to face to work on the various inter-sessional documentation together with the broader IGF community using online participation facilities available.

2015 is a landmark year for international development. The Millennium Development Goals find their deadline and the new Post-2015 development agenda promoting a just and inclusive approach will be adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations at the end of September. The IGF recognizes the crucial importance of this new agenda and seeks to contribute actively to achieving their goals. This year’s annual IGF meeting, taking place from 10-13 November in Jao Pessoa, Brazil, will therefore stand under the main theme of the IGF 2015 “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”.

The third round of open consultations and MAG meeting of the 2015 IGF preparatory cycle will work towards allowing the broader IGF multistakeholder community to give broad input to be incorporated into the main sessions bring held at this year’s annual meeting and the intersessional work being undertaken. The first day of the meeting (2 September) will be dedicated to the main thematic sessions of the upcoming IGF, with specific focus on Sustainable Development and Internet economy, “Zero rating” and Network Neutrality, the NETmundial Multistakeholder Declaration and the Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem, Human Rights on the Internet and Addressing Cybersecurity and Building Resilience through Stakeholder Collaborations. The second day of the meeting (3 September) will concentrate on taking stock of the intersessional work for this year’s IGF including work of the IGF Dynamic Coalitions and Best Practice Forums.

UNESCO has supported the Internet Governance Forum and has contributed to its work since the first IGF in Athens 2006 by organizing and co-organizing workshops and Open Fora. During the “CONNECTing the Dots”-Conference in March 2015 UNESCO has established the aspect of Internet Universality that stresses the importance of an Internet that includes Human Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multistakeholder Participation. Hosting the Open Consultation and Multistakeholder Advisory Group Meeting for the second time is fitting to UNESCO’s overarching interest in internet-related issues.