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Statement by Mr. German Valdez,
Communications Manager


Thank very much Mr President.

Honourable ministers,
distinguished delegates,
ladies and gentleman,

on behalf of Asia Pacific Network Information Center, APNIC, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to give this statement. Also I’d like to congratulate and thank the Government of Portugal for the magnificent organization of this Forum and for the warm welcome offered to all delegates of this meeting. Without question, the Portugal Government has established a high standard to be followed by future meetings organized for the ITU. 
APNIC is one of the five Regional Internet Registries. We are responsible for the allocation of Internet resources in the region of the Asia Pacific, a function that we have performed for 16 years, which is an eternity considering the short timeframe the Internet has been around for.  APNIC is a membership based organization and currently represents the interests of almost 2000 members--in the majority Internet Service Providers—in 56 economies across the region.
As a Sector Member of the International Telecommunication Union, we are honored to participate in such relevant Forum; we are, as are the rest of the delegates, committed to the success of this meeting.
APNIC supports the message of the ITU General Secretary, expressed in his report for this Forum, about the need of an enhanced cooperation model that gives governments equal participation in the international organizations related to the coordination of the Internet. However, we believe that this enhanced cooperation model must be a living process and must respond to the needs of the different stakeholders involved.
In the support of this enhanced cooperation model, we fully commit to contributing to the works and discussions of this Forum. As an example of one such contribution, we have developed a public response to the “Questionnaire on IPv6 address allocation and encouraging the deployment of IPv6” issued by the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). We believe that as the organization responsible for the distribution of IPv6 addresses in the Asia Pacific region, we are obliged to offer our support and access to our addressing data for the future deliberation of Member States. Therefore, we respectfully offer all our experience, information and knowledge for a better understanding of the technical aspects of the Internet.
Specifically, on the topic of the promotion and adoption of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, the public sector has an important role in the current transition process. As example of this recognition, the Regional Internet Registries have participated in a number of intergovernmental meetings such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), among many others. These activities reflect our interest and commitment to working with the public sector in creating frameworks and cooperation models that support an efficient transition to IPv6.
Finally, APNIC, as do other organizations involved Internet Governance, embraces the values of openness and multi-stakeholder participation in the development of Internet related policies.  All five Regional Internet Registries have Policy Development Processes that enable open and equal participation by all stakeholders. The main goal of these processes are to guarantee the continued stable and robust operation of the Internet. I am sure this goal is shared by all the participants of this Forum. It is our obligation to keep supporting Internet growth and it is our challenge to facilitate the participation of all stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, academic, civil society and end users.
Thank you very much for you attention and the opportunity to contribute to this important forum.