10th Annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

The tenth annual meeting of the IGF will be held from the 10th to the 13th of November 2015 in João Pessoa, Brazil. More than 2,000 participants from over 100 countries are expected to attend and participate in the four-day meeting, with thousands more actively participating online.  The overarching theme for the 2015 IGF, derived by consensus of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) together with all IGF stakeholders is: Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development.

This theme is very timely, as the United Nations General Assembly has just adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September and is reviewing the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes in December 2015, during its 70th Session. The General Assembly is also reviewing the extension of the IGF mandate within its overall WSIS review.

Discussions during the four-day Tenth IGF meeting will address issues under the following sub-themes: Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy; Inclusiveness and Diversity; Openness; Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation; Internet and Human Rights; Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues.

The 100 or more sessions, organized by interested stakeholders, are expected to facilitate comprehensive debates among participants from different parts of the world.

The Tenth IGF aims to enhance linkages among discussions, recommendations and policy options, coming from the various national and regional IGF sessions and the rest of the Internet ecosystem. Furthermore, relevant Internet governance organizations are encouraged to take forward key ideas raised during Forum.

The 2015 IGF is closely linked to the Sustainable Development Agenda and the 10 Year Review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). In the year of the review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals, the IGF has chosen the overall title of: “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. The IGF MAG has decided to organize dedicated main sessions directly linked with the Sustainable Development Agenda: WSIS + 10 consultations; Sustainable Development and Internet Economy as well as Human Rights on the Internet.

The Tenth IGF also aims to enhance linkages among discussions, recommendations and policy options, coming from the various National and Regional IGFs and the rest of the Internet ecosystem. Furthermore, relevant Internet governance organizations are encouraged to take forward key ideas raised during the Tenth IGF. This effort is in line with a report produced by the UN General Assembly Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Working Group on Improvements to the IGF. The inter-sessional work driven by the IGF community aims to respond to all recommendations of the working group report. The inter-sessional work also strives to bring National and Regional IGF Initiatives closer to the global Forum.

This year’s ‘Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion’ process strives to produce a community driven, bottom-up developed IGF output. IGF Best Practice Forums (BPFs) are working to produce diverse outputs intended to become robust resources, to serve as inputs into other pertinent forums, and to evolve and grow over time on the subjects of: Regulation and Mitigation of Unwanted Communications; Establishing and Supporting Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs); Developing Meaningful Multistakeholder Participation Mechanisms; Practices to Countering Abuse Against Women Online; Creating an Enabling Environment for IPv6 Adoption and Enabling Environments to Establish Successful IXPs. All interested individuals and organizations have been invited to join this community driven work.

IGF Dynamic Coalitions, some of which have been working since the first IGF in 2006, and others who have just began their work on important and emerging issues related to Internet Governance, are open to all interested stakeholders. This year some of the IGF Dynamic Coalitions will be presenting their work to the broader IGF community in a dedicated main session.