[Bp_ipv6] Fwd: IPv6 for the IGF and UN

Sumon Ahmed Sabir sasabir at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 03:50:09 EST 2017

Dear IPv6 BPF members,

Following email has been sent to IGF MAG Mailing-list for kind

best regards,

Izumi Okutani, Sumon Ahmed Sabir
MAG Coordinators

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From: Sumon Ahmed Sabir <sasabir at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 at 12:18
Subject: IPv6 for the IGF and UN
To: IGF Maglist <igfmaglist at intgovforum.org>

Dear Chengetai, IGF secretariat, MAG colleagues,

First of all, we would like to thank the IGF secretariat, MAG Members and
all community participants who helped and contributed to the Best Practice
Forum on IPv6. We would also like to express our appreciation for the host
country’s organising team for the excellent IGF.

IPv6 deployment is essential to make sure that the Internet can accommodate
growth and keep the same level of quality as it does today. Moreover, it is
important that in countries where the Internet infrastructure is in full
development, IPv6 is included in the plans to safe costs in the future.  As
such, IPv6 deployment is linked to the theme of the IGF 2016, enabling
inclusive and sustainable growth and the theme of connecting the next

The recently published output document of the BPF on IPv6 contains case
studies of successful deployment by commercial organisations, from which we
derived best practices, challenges and lessons learned.

At the IGF in Guadalajara, participants could connect to the Internet over
IPv6. We would like to thank again our Mexican host and those involved, for
providing an IPv6 enabled IGF conference network in 2016. This shows that
IPv6 is feasible. Without realising, many participants were using IPv6
because the current versions of their phones, browsers and operating
systems, etc. are already IPv6 enabled.

By leading by example, the IGF contributes to the awareness raising on
IPv6. Therefore we would like to suggest the IGF secretariat to:

1) In the technical requirements for future hosts strongly recommend that
the IGF conference network is IPv6 capable.  IPv6 connectivity is common
practice nowadays at many Internet conferences organised around the world.
The experience in Mexico and at other IGF meetings (e.g. Bali) has proven
that it is possible to provide an IPv6 enabled network at the IGF.

2) Request that the host country website is IPv6 ready, so that everyone
who connects to the website would be able to do so over IPv6 end-to-end.

3) Enable IPv6 for the IGF website www.intgovforum.org, so that everyone
who connects to the website over IPv6 can establish a native end-to-end
connection. This is something that is not technically challenging. There
exist many examples of various websites that support IPv6.

There is a lot of knowledge and expertise among the BPF IPv6 participants
(individuals and organisations) and the Internet technical community. We
suggest that the secretariat or local hosts reach out to them for more
information or assistance.

As a final point we would like to flag that IPv6 is not yet enabled on the
United Nations network. This observation was recently made by one of the
participants on the BPF IPv6 mailing list, and before that we had made a
comment during the July MAG meeting in New York that there was no IPv6
connectivity in the UN Headquarters. We would like to repeat the request to
roll out IPv6 for the UN network and hope that this message reaches those
responsible for operating the UN network.

Thank you for your kind attention and consideration to this matter.


Izumi Okutani, Sumon Ahmed Sabir

MAG Coordinators of the 2016 BPF on IPv6
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