[WG-Strategy] This Wednesday - 16 Years of IGF Evolution and Strengthening – Taking Stock and Looking Forward

Anriette Esterhuysen anriette at apc.org
Mon Nov 15 15:05:04 EST 2021

Dear Carlos

You need to register for #IGF2021 and then you can add it your schedule.

This should take you to the Zoom registration page:


Let me know if that does not work.


Anriette Esterhuysen - anriette at apc.org//anriette at gmail.com
Chair, United Nations Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group

Senior advisor global and regional internet governance
Association for Progressive Communications
www.apc.org // afrisig.org

On 2021/11/15 20:45, Carlos Afonso wrote:
> Dear Anri & all, I did not receive the zoom link.
> fraternal regards
> --c.a.
> On 15/11/2021 14:02, Anriette Esterhuysen wrote:
>> Dear all
>> As we move closer to celebrating the IGF's 15th anniversary, please do
>> join this IGF2021 Preparatory and Engagement Phase session on Wednesday,
>> 17 November, at 13h00 UTC
>> https://www.intgovforum.org/en/node/15588
>> Looking forward to lively and useful discussion.
>> Anriette
>> *16 Years of IGF Evolution and Strengthening – Taking Stock and Looking
>> Forward*
>> Wednesday, 17th November, 2021 (15:00 SAST) - Wednesday, 17th November,
>> 2021 (16:30 SAST)
>> /Facilitated by MAG Chair in collaboration with the MAG Working Group on
>> IGF Strategy and Strengthening/
>> Interactive moderated panel that will look back and take stock of how
>> the IGF has evolved and what its key achievements have been; reflect on
>> the current and future internet governance ecosystem and the IGF’s role
>> in this ecosystem, particularly in the context of ‘digital cooperation’
>> and the UN-Secretary General’s proposed ‘global digital compact’. The
>> panel will consider the role the IGF has and can play in inclusive
>> internet governance, both through the further development of the
>> multistakeholder approach and through closer engagement with
>> multilateral processes. Finally the session will consider what is meant
>> by the idea of a “stronger, more focused and impactful IGF” and propose
>> specific steps to be taken to establish a stronger, more strategic IGF
>> that operates on the basis of a multi-year plan working to the goal of
>> the idea of an “IGF plus” with the institutional capacity, leadership
>> and oversight needed to see it through the renewal of its mandate in
>> 2025 and beyond.
>> Process: The meeting will divided into roughly three parts with
>> panelists speaking @ 20 minutes in each, with the remaining time
>> reserved for open discussion with all participants.
>> Moderators: Anriette Esterhuysen, MAG chair and William Drake, Columbia
>> University, former MAG and WGIG member
>> Rapporteurs:  Giacomo Mazzone, past MAG member and member, MAG
>> WG-strategy, Roman Chukov and Amrita Choudhury (MAG WG-strategy
>> co-chairs)
>> Panelists:
>> Part I: Past/Origins
>>   1. Markus Kummer – IGF Support Association,  WGIG and past IGF
>>      Executive Coordinator and interim MAG chair - CONFIRMED
>>   2. Wolfgang Kleinwächter – WGIG and EuroSSIG - CONFIRMED
>>   3. Christine Arida - Strategic Planning Sector Head at National
>>      Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt a past host
>>      country of the IGF - CONFIRMED
>> PART II – Present dynamics
>>   4. Fiona Alexander – past MAG member and previously with the NTIA and
>>      member of MAG WG strategy - CONFIRMED
>>   5. Flavio Wagner - past MAG member and member of MAG WG-strategy -
>>   6. Parminder Jeet Singh, IT For Change (cs) - CONFIRMED
>>   7. Esteve Sanz, Head of Sector EC - member of MAG WG-strategy (gov) -
>> Part III: Futures/Options
>>   8. Yu Ping Chan, Office of the UN SG’s Envoy on Technology - CONFIRMED
>>   9. Concettina Cassa - past MAG member and co-chair WG-strategy (Gov) -
>> 10. Mark Carvell - EuroDIG Member and former UK government policy
>>      advisers and MAG member. Member of MAG WG-strategy - CONFIRMED
>> Questions and topics to be addressed
>> Part I: Past/Origins
>> 1. Over the years there have been various expressions of frustration
>> with the IGF supposedly being just a “talk shop” that does not take
>> binding decisions.  But this is an essential part of the IGF’s DNA, as
>> it is what governments and stakeholders at the 2005 Tunis WSIS summit
>> thought was needed and what they could agree to.  To set the stage for
>> our discussion, please reflect on the considerations and processes that
>> shaped the fundamental features of the IGF’s design and made it what it
>> has become today.
>> 2.  The IGF Mandate approved by the 2005 Tunis WSIS summit included
>> provisions stating that the IGF should “Promote and assess, on an
>> ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet Governance
>> processes;” and “Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention
>> of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate,
>> make recommendations.”  To what extent has the IGF pursued these
>> objectives?  What has been achieved or not regarding these functions,
>> and why?
>> 3.  The global Internet governance agenda has evolved significantly over
>> the past sixteen years, with many of the issues and political dynamics
>> that animated early IGFs drifting from center stage while new ones came
>> to the fore.  What have been the key shifts in substantive focus and
>> institutional dynamics over the course of the IGF’s history to date?
>> Part II – Present dynamics
>> 1.  Name one positive change or achievement that you feel can be
>> attributed to the IGF. Is there anything significant that might have
>> turned out differently if we had not had the IGF?
>> 2. Has the IGF altered the global discourse or debate in any significant
>> ways? How much does such discourse and soft norms matter, relative to
>> negotiated formal agreements?
>> 3.  The IGF has spawned new collaborative processes that work on an
>> intersessional basis and then feed into the meetings, e.g. the policy
>> networks, the NRIs, the DCs and the BPFs.  Have these efforts yielded
>> any important results? What could be done to increase their salience?
>> What roles could they play going forward as the landscape of Internet
>> governance and digital cooperation continues to evolve?
>> 4.  How has the multistakeholder approach worked in the IGF? Is it
>> continuing to develop conceptually and practically, or has it stagnated?
>> If it has, what can be done to renew it?
>> Part III: Futures/Options
>> 1.  There have been various calls, including from high-level government
>> figures, for the IGF to produce more tangible outcomes.  What forms
>> could these take? What would be needed for the international community
>> to agree to such a process and outcome?
>> 2.  With regard to the United Nations’ Roadmap and Common Agenda, what
>> roles and value-added do you see for the IGF?  Do you see a specific
>> role of the IGF with regard to the proposed Global Digital Compact?
>> 3.  What is your view of the terms of reference for the new Leadership
>> Panel (formerly referred to as the MHLB)? How can we make this a useful
>> grouping?  What about the MAG, do its terms of reference and functioning
>> need to change?
>> 4. Proposals have been made for the IGF Secretariat and MAG to work
>> collaboratively on a multi-year plan. Do you think this is feasible? How
>> would you go about developing and implementing such a plan?
>> 5.  Name one aspect of how the IGF operates that you would change, and
>> one aspect you would like to retain.
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