Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was held in two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003, and the second phase took place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process resulted in the “Tunis Agenda for the Information Society,” which called for the establishment of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogs on Internet governance issues. The NRO has participated in IGF events and workshops since 2005:

Goal sharing

Although it focuses on governance relating to the distribution and management of Internet number resources, the NRO’s own goals coincide directly with the goals of the IGF:

  • Foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability, and development of the Internet
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, fully utilizing the expertise of the academic, scientific, and technical communities
  • Advising all stakeholders on the ways and means they can accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world
  • Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing economies
  • Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing on local knowledge and expertise

Contributing to the IGF

The Internet Governance Forum is funded through donations from the various stakeholder groups. The host countries bear the majority of the costs of holding the annual IGF meeting in their country. While the IGF  Secretariat’s activities are funded through extra-budgetary contributions paid into a multi-donor Trust Fund administered by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). All contributions are administered and accounted for in accordance with the United Nations Financial Regulations and Rules and other applicable directives, procedures and practices. The project expenditure is contained in the biennial Financial Report and audited Financial Statements of the United Nations. Contributions from all stakeholders are welcome.  Various stakeholders also make inkind donations.

More information can be found here

More details on the NRO contribution to the IGF can be found below:

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