In light of the consultations on the convening of the IGF, the United
Nations Secretary-General will set up a multi-stakeholder Advisory
Group to assist him in this task. The Group will consist of about forty
members, representing governments, private sector and civil society and
include members of the academic and technical communities. The members
of the group will be chosen in their personal capacity. All
stakeholders are invited to submit recommendations for members of the
Advisory Group to the IGF secretariat by 18 April (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Relevant intergovernmental organizations are welcome to attend the
meetings of the Advisory Group. The first meeting of the Advisory Group
will be held after another round of consultations open to all
stakeholders. A date for these meetings will be communicated as soon as
possible. The first meeting of the IGF will be held in Athens from 30
October - 2 November 2006. More details on the venue and the logistics
of the meeting will be made available on the host country's website.
Update: A new round of consultations on the convening of the IGF
will be held at the United Nations in Geneva on 19 May 2006. They will be open
to all stakeholders and will focus on the substantive preparation of the
inaugural meeting of the IGF. The consultations will be followed by a meeting of
the IGF Advisory Group on 22 - 23 May 2006.
[via IGF news]