The IGF held its 10th annual meeting on the theme, “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”, in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10 to 13 November 2015.
The 2015 IGF focused on a range of sub-themes, including Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy; Inclusiveness and Diversity; Openness; Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation; Internet and Human Rights; Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues.
The meeting was attended by 2137 onsite participants, from 112 countries, representing all stakeholder groups and regions. Approximately 50 remote hubs were organized around the world, with an estimated number of 2000 active participants online.
NRO at the IGF
As the unified voice for the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the Number Resource Organization (NRO) recognizes the participation of the public and private sectors, as well as all aspects of civil society, as critical to discussions on the future of the Internet.
The NRO co-hosted a workshop entitled “When Bottom-Up meets Top-down: When Governance Systems Intersect”. Speakers from the RIPE NCC, the GSMA, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG), the European Commission and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) contributed to a wide-ranging discussion, considering the range of governance models and the need for them to interoperate to effectively address Internet governance matters.
Over the course of the week, the NRO and RIR staff contributed to many of the workshops and main sessions. These sessions looked at topics including IPv6 adoption, cybersecurity, and enhanced cooperation.
The NRO booth in the IGF Village was a popular meeting place where staff from all five RIRs were available to answer questions about the NRO and the respective regional Internet communities.