U.N. Internet Governance Advisory Group to Meet in Rio de Janeiro

[news release] The mandate of the Advisory Group for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was renewed today in order to assist in preparations for the next Forum meeting, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 12 to 15 November.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was very appreciative of the work carried out by the Advisory Group in the past and welcomed the renewal of its mandate in preparation of the November Forum.The Group is to be chaired by Nitin Desai, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Internet Governance, and Hadil da Rocha Vianna, Director for Scientific and Technological Affairs in Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations, representing the host country. The co-chairpersons may select special advisers to assist them.The 47 Advisory Group members will serve in their personal capacity. They have been chosen from governments, the private sector and civil society, including the academic and technical communities, representing all regions.As part of its mandate, the Advisory Group has been asked to enhance the transparency of the preparatory process by ensuring a continuous flow of information between its members and the various interested groups. It has also been requested to make proposals on a suitable rotation among its members, based on recommendations from the various interested groups.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 inaugural meeting, held in Athens last November, was attended by 1350 participants, including 397 delegates from 97 countries and 152 journalists. “The meeting brought people together who would not normally meet under the same roof,” said Markus Kummer, the Executive Coordinator of the Forum’s Secretariat. “It encouraged dialogue on issues of common interest among people who would not normally interact”.A stock-taking session in Geneva last February showed broad support for the multi-stakeholder format of the Athens meeting, which should be maintained in the preparations for the Rio de Janeiro meeting. A round of open consultations held in Geneva in May showed broad support for keeping the four themes discussed at the inaugural meeting – access, diversity, openness and security. In addition, there was widespread support for adding a new theme – critical Internet resources – to the agenda of the Rio de Janeiro meeting.Also available from:

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