A Decision at the 65th UN General Assembly in 2010 was taken to extend the Internet Governance Forum to 2015.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum to discuss policy issues on internet governance. The IGF was formally established by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2006. The main themes addressed by the IGF are openness, security, diversity and access; ideas are discussed and tested. Participants include ministers, government officials, internet activists, industry representatives, academics and technology experts. Its added value is to provide a free platform where ideas and initiatives can feed into the policy making process.
What has the Commission done until now?
The Commission is an active supporter of the IGF and part-funds its budget. Commission services participate actively in the IGF works and Vice-President Neelie Kroes has personally taken part in the IGF editions of 2011 (Nairobi) and 2012 (Baku). She addressed the opening session of the 2013 IGF in Bali with a video message.
The Commission also works within the UN framework to raise the impact of the IGF on policy discussions which take place in other fora.
What will the European Commission do next?
- Participate in the debate on the role of IGF, defending the multi-stakeholder approach, and raising the IGF's political profile to ensure it has a larger role in the policy making process.
- Support the further evolution of the IGF and the implementation of the recommendations made by the UN working group to improve the functioning of the IGF.
- Continue sustaining the functioning of the IGF secretariat.
- Contribute to the organisation of the next IGF (2-5 September 2014 in Istanbul, "Connecting Continents for an Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance").