What is the IGF – multistakeholder, open, inclusive
A global platform for dialogue where various stakeholder groups, including governments, business, technical experts, academic researchers, international organizations, and other interested organizations, gather as equals to discuss public policy issues related to Internet governance. The IGF is open and inclusive – anyone from any part of the world can join the discussion at any time. There are no members and no fees.
Why the IGF – develop the information society globally
The IGF was created by a mandate given to the UN Secretary General at the World Summit on the Information Society in 2005. The mandate was to “to convene a platform for multistakeholder dialogue” as a neutral forum to facilitate discussion of public policy issues related to Internet governance, to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability, and development of the Internet globally. Increasing Internet access and building capacities in developing countries are part of its charter to develop the information society globally. The IGF’s mandate is up for review and renewal in 2015.
How does the IGF work – annual meetings and intersessional work
The IGF meets annually to discuss issues that are selected from those proposed by the multistakeholder community. Participants identify, discuss, exchange information, and share best practices to further progress on the respective issues. The IGF has no policy-making decision – it is unique as the only global forum that can facilitate holistic dialogues on public policy issues amongst the various stakeholders.