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Secretary-General's briefing to Council 2014 on NETmundial

Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré

Briefing to Council 2014 on NETmundial   

08 May 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Dear Counsellors,

It is my pleasure to brief you on my participation at NETmundial (the Global Multi-stakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance) which was held from 23-24 April in São Paulo, Brazil.

I attended NETmundial along with Under Secretary-General Wu from UNDESA, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon as representatives of the United Nations system. The presence of the UN was highly appreciated by NETmundial participants as well as the Government of Brazil.

I would like to highlight the excellent cooperation and team spirit between our organizations, UNDESA and ITU, as well as with the entire UN system throughout this process. We worked as a team, in close coordination through the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), to ensure that we worked as One UN in the run up to NETmundial.

At NETmundial we presented a common message from the UN system, which was elaborated in our respective interventions:

In a bilateral meeting with Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, I discussed how to ensure trust and confidence in the internet. President Rousseff originally took the initiative at the UN General Assembly in September 2013 to further dialogue on this globally-important topic, and the President appreciates the important role played by the UN in this regard. The President was assured of the UN’s support for discussions among Member States to ensure that the international community arrives at a common understanding of, and takes action on, furthering cooperation in this field.

We congratulated the Government of Brazil for successfully hosting NETmundial, which is an important milestone in the global dialogue on Internet Governance. Its outcomes will help to inform upcoming forums, including UN-hosted events such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the WSIS+10 related processes and forums.  In this regard, I was also part of the panel discussion on Beyond NETmundial: NETmundial and the Internet Governance Ecosystem where I reiterated UN’s support to this continuing global dialogue.