The membership of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Internet Governance Forum has been renewed.
A total of 52 members, 16 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 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 fourteenth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in 2019.
Representatives of previous host countries and representatives of relevant international and regional intergovernmental organisations 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 that 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. 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 on the Information Society outcomes.
The Forum’s past 13 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; João Pessoa, Brazil in November 2015; Guadalajara, Mexico in December 2016, Geneva, Switzerland in December 2017 and Paris, France in November 2018.
The full list of members can be found at the IGF website: www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/mag-2019-members.