• This should of course depend on the quantity of issues taken up and the amount of work necessary and progress made, but no longer than two days
  • As long as this does not conflict with all stakeholders participating on equal footing, there is probably not much against this
  • Multi-lingual documentation and translation ofcourse, furthermore the IGF should have funds to support participation of developing countries
  • In sofar as all stakeholders are represented and (representatives of) all stakeholders participate on equal footing, yes




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    In sofar as all stakeholders are represented and (representatives of) all stakeholders participate on equal footing, yes.

    (b)   How often should the Forum meet?

    This should of course depend on the quantity of issues taken up and the amount of work necessary, but one can presume twice a year

    (c)   How long should its meetings be?

    This should of course depend on the quantity of issues taken up and the amount of work necessary and progress made, but no longer than two days

    (d)   Should meetings be considered subject to UN rules, such as accreditation, rules of procedure or languages?

    As long as this does not conflict with all stakeholders participating on equal footing, there is probably not much against this

    (e) How could the IGF make best possible use of ICTs and promote virtual interaction?

    e.g. by making use of webfora for its major topics, running an interactive website, webcasting physical meetings

    3        The Tunis Agenda has a strong development focus. It raises questions related to access to the Internet  (para 72(e)) as well as to developing country participation in Internet Governance mechanisms (para 72 (f)). It also emphasizes that the IGF needs “to contribute to capacity-building for Internet Governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise” (para 72 (h)).

    (a)   How should the IGF approach access issues (“availability and affordability of the Internet”)?

    Activities promoting the development of the Internet in developing countries should not be run separately from other development activities in such countries, but form an integral part. So on this issue, the IGF should closely collaborate with existing (UN and non-UN) institutions

    (b)   Para 72 (f)  indicates that special measures ought to be taken to facilitate developing country participation in the IGF itself. What should be done?

    Multi-lingual documentation and translation ofcourse, furthermore the IGF should have funds to support participation of developing countries

    (c) What should be the focus of capacity-building initiatives?

    Indepency of “western-world” expertise and culture, full participation and contribution on equal footing

    4        Para 78 (b) calls on the Secretary-General to “establish an effective and cost-efficient bureau to support the IGF, ensuring multi-stakeholder participation”.

    (a)   Does this para refer to a bureau as it is normally used in an intergovernmental context, such as the WSIS bureau?


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    In sofar as all stakeholders are represented and (representatives of) all stakeholders participate on equal footing, yes

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