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 Internet Governance Forum

The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society invited the Secretary-General of United Nations to convene a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (para 67).

IGF official website

Seventh meeting of the IGF New!, 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan

Sixth meeting of the IGF, 27-30 September 2011, Nairobi, Kenya

Fifth meeting of the IGF, 14-17 September 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania

Fourth meeting of the IGF, 15-18 November 2009, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Third meeting of the IGF, 3-6 December 2008, Hyderabad, India

Second meeting of the IGF, 12-15 November 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

First meeting of the IGF, 30 October - 2 November 2006, Athens, Greece


  1. Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;

  2. Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;

  3. Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organisations and other institutions on matters under their purview;

  4. Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;

  5. Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;

  6. Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;

  7. Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;

  8. Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;

  9. Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;

  10. Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;

  11. Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;

  12. Publish its proceedings.




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