6 November 2013

IGF 2013 in Bali a Success

The NRO participated in the 2013 IGF recently, hosting a booth to provide educational materials on Internet resources management and the open and transparent community policy development process facilitated by each RIR. The NRO sponsored two workshops, one on “IPv4 Markets and Resource Transfers” and the second on “The Importance of Regional Coordination in Internet Governance”.

Throughout the week, the multistakeholder approach to Internet Governance was emphasised as the most effective way to enable different stakeholders to play their respective roles in shaping Internet related policies. There were also discussions about how the multistakeholder model can evolve to include more meaningful participation from all stakeholders.

During the event, there was some discussion and support for the technical community’s recent Montevideo Statement, which calls for a number of important steps, including:

- Increased effort on the enhancement of global multistakeholder Internet cooperation,
- The globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, so that all stakeholders including all governments are able to participate on an equal footing, and
- Ongoing attention to the need for global IPv6 deployment.

A proposal was introduced by Brazil to host a meeting in May 2014 where multistakeholder discussions will work towards launching a process that would achieve progress in this agenda.

At the closing ceremony, Anne-Rachel Inné AFRINIC COO remarked on behalf of the technical community of the importance of maintaining the open and collaborative spirit of Internet cooperation seen at the Bali IGF, and the need for further evolution of Internet governance in all discussions going forward. She went on to call on the United Nations to help efforts to strengthen the IGF Secretariat and to find financial support to safeguard these important annual meetings.

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