10 January 2014
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewed to Prepare Internet Governance

Forum Meeting, in Istanbul, Turkey, 2–5 September

The membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum has been renewed.

A total of 55 members, 18 among them new, have been appointed.  The Advisory Group members are from all stakeholder groups and all regions, representing Governments, the private sector, civil society and technical community.

All Advisory Group members serve in their personal capacity, but are expected to have extensive linkages with their respective stakeholder groups.  The main task of the Advisory Group is to provide advice on the preparations for the next meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2 to 5 September.

Representatives of previous host countries and relevant intergovernmental, international and regional organizations are also invited to attend Advisory Group meetings.

The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, which took place in 2005.  In the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, Governments asked the Secretary-General to convene a “new forum for policy dialogue” to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance and set out the Forum’s mandate.

The Forum’s past eight meetings took place in Athens, Greece, in 2006; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007; Hyderabad, India, in 2008; Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in 2009; Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2010; Nairobi, Kenya in 2011; Baku, Azerbaijan in 2012; and Bali, Indonesia in 2013.

For further information, please visit http://www.intgovforum.org, or contact the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum at tel.:  +41 (0) 22 917 4665, or e‑mail:  igf@unog.ch.

The full list of members can be found at: http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/mag/45-mag-membership/1527-mag-2014.

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