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ICANN at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the 10th IGF meeting is just around the corner. The meeting, that takes place in João Pessoa, Brazil on 10-13 November, comes at an interesting time as work is underway on reviewing the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (WSIS+10), and before the year ends, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is set to decide on the renewal of the IGF mandate, as well as the WSIS+10 review and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The meeting is an excellent opportunity for the global multistakeholder community to demonstrate support for the IGF and emphasize the need for renewing its mandate beyond 2015. ICANN has consistently been a strong supporter of the IGF since its inception, as it views it as an effective vehicle for stimulating constructive debate around broad range of Internet governance issues.

As in previous years, a number of ICANN Board Directors, community members and staff are participating in IGF 2015. ICANN is organizing a session on Day 0 (9-Nov) on the IANA Stewardship transition and ICANN accountability, and an Open Forum on Day 2 (11-Nov). The following is a short description of these two sessions and a list of workshops organized by ICANN community members.

ICANN Accountability and Global Governance Discourse

When: 9 November 2015, 10:30 – 12:00

This panel discussion informs attendees of the latest developments in the IANA Stewardship transition and ICANN accountability processes and discusses influences on global governance discourse. Members of the various working groups and community leaders are taking part in this panel.

ICANN Open Forum

When: 11 November 2015, 09:00 – 10:00

The ICANN Open Forum aims to update participants on progress ICANN has made in key areas of its work since last year’s IGF in Istanbul. This is an interactive session where IGF participants get the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with ICANN’s leadership and exchange views on various issues.

List of Workshops

Date

Time

WS#

Title

Organizer

10-Nov

0900-1030

13

Keeping Your Credentials Secure Online: A Roundtable

SSAC

11-Nov

1100-1230

68

Can civil society impact Global Internet Governance?

NCSG

11-Nov

1400-1530

52

The Global “Public Interest” in Critical Internet Resources

NCUC

12-Nov

0900-1030

139

Enabling the Next Billion Users through Universal Acceptance

Universal Acceptance Steering Group

12-Nov

1100-1230

163

Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance -IANA Stewardship

IETF, SSAC, ALAC, ccNSO

12-Nov

1400-1530

50

WGIG +10

NCUC & others

13-Nov

1100-1230

136

Through the Looking Glass: enhanced cooperation in LAC

LACNIC & ICANN

More information about the meeting is available on the IGF website.

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