Phase I



Phase II


IGF outputs

IGF 2020 summary; IGF 2020 messages; Press releases

Intersessional outputs

Best Practice Forums reports; Dynamic Coalitions papers

Participant outputs

Key takeaways; Policy recommendations; Voluntary commitments



Contribute to identifying best approaches to ensure the development of human-centric data governance frameworks at national, regional and international levels. 



Understand the interdependences between the use of Internet and digital technologies to protect the environment, but also to threaten its sustainability.



Foster discussions within the IG community on the issues, challenges, and solutions for the achievement of an equitable and inclusive Internet.



Discuss strategies and best practices for ensuring trust in the online world, along with the roles and responsibilities of governments, industry and other stakeholders. 

Digital cooperation

In light of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, the IGF 2020 discussions also reflected on the IGF’s role as an institutional framework for improving global digital cooperation.

Main sessions

Main sessions are intended to recognise broad and current IG issues of importance. They are determined by the MAG.


Proposals for IGF workshops are solicited from the community and then evaluated and selected by the MAG.

Open Forums

These are organised by governments, treaty-based organisations, and other global organisations.


Known also as Day 0 events, these sessions take place on the day before the IGF official programme begins.

Best Practice Forums

BPFs provide a platform for stakeholders to exchange experiences in addressing Internet policy issues, discuss and identify emerging and existing good practices.

Dynamic Coalitions

DCs are open, multistakeholder groups dedicated to an Internet governance issue or set of issues.

IGF initiatives

NRIs are independent IGFs formed at national or regional level to discuss Internet issues from the perspective of their respective communities.

The High-Level Leaders Track reflected some of the most important aspects of the role digital technologies and public digital policy have in times of uncertainty. Each of the five sessions under this track took the form of an interactive dialogue among high-level discussants from different stakeholder groups, including from governments, private sector, civil society and technical communities from different regions.

In co-operation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the IGF 2020 brought together members of parliaments from all parts of the world to discuss ways of building trust in the COVID-19 time and how people can recover from it.

UN DESA    Inter-Parliamentary Union

IGF 2020 was committed to a meaningful engagement of youth in Internet governance. Several-months of online consultations with youth resulted in several youth engagement opportunities being organised during the IGF. The meeting featured a global IGF Youth Summit and ten networking lightning talks between senior Internet governance experts and youth.


During IGF 2020, several informal and interactive networking breaks were hosted. Some breaks created opportunities for participants to network on different IGF components, as they met representatives of BPFs, DCs, NRIs, and the MAG. Participants were also able to sign-up for coffee or tea breaks in their own language. In addition, they had the opportunity to organise a “birds of a feather”, “town hall” or “regional get-together” networking session.

The IGF Village is the meeting space of every IGF!
This year, the Village featured over 70 organisations from all stakeholder and regional groups which showcased their work on different Internet governance issues. Participants were able to visit online exhibition spaces (i.e. ‘booths’) for each organisation, approach these organisations, and schedule 1:1 discussions with them. The IGF Secretariat also facilitated a joint tour of the Village.