Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewed to Prepare Internet Governance Forum Meeting in Mexico, November 2016

PI/2159
23 March 2016

Multistakeholder Advisory Group Renewed to Prepare Internet Governance Forum Meeting in Mexico, November 2016

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

A total of 55 members, 21 among them new, have been appointed.  The Advisory Group members are from all stakeholder groups and all regions, representing Governments, civil society, the private sector and the technical community.

All Advisory Group members serve in their personal capacities, but are expected to have close linkages with their respective stakeholder groups.  The main task of the Advisory Group is to provide advice on the preparations for the eleventh meeting of the Internet Governance Forum, which is to take place in Mexico in November 2016.

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

The Internet Governance Forum is an outcome of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society that took place in Tunis in November 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.  The mandate of the Forum was extended for another 10 years in December 2015 during the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the World Summit  outcomes.

The Forum’s past ten meetings took place in Athens, Greece, in November 2006; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2007; Hyderabad, India, in December 2008; Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2009; Vilnius, Lithuania, in November 2010; Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2011; Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2012; Bali, Indonesia, in October 2013; Istanbul, Turkey, in September 2014; and João Pessoa, Brazil, in November 2015.

For the full list of members and further information on the Internet Governance Forum, please visit www.intgovforum.org, or contact the Secretariat of the Forum at tel.:  +41 0 22 917 4665, or e-mail:  igf@unog.ch.

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