[At-Large] Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Retreat Summary of Proceedings [Open Call for comments on proceedings]

Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com
Sat Jul 23 00:36:42 UTC 2016

Dear All,

Warm Greetings!

Following the MAG meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
where we convened to grade workshop proposals for the IGF that will be held
in Guadalajara, Mexico between 4th-6th December, 2016, I went to the
Retreat where 35 people deliberated on process of continual improvement of
the IGF. Below is a brief report and should you have any questions, please
feel free to email me offline.

A two-day working retreat was facilitated by the United Nations Secretariat
for 14-16 July 2016 in Glen Cove, New York on Advancing the 10-Year Mandate
of the IGF, as part of the process of continual improvement of the IGF.  I
am attaching the Summary of Proceedings and a picture of Retreat

It was a privilege to be part of the Retreat and for those of you who made
substantive input prior to the Retreat, thank you. There is an open call
for input and comments on proceedings to allow you to add your creative
energy and thought processes on how to better improve the IGF process.

The retreat is part of a larger ongoing process aimed at improving the IGF.
The retreat facilitated a strategic dialogue to be held among experts,
policymakers and practitioners in enriching IGF as the global forum for
facilitating multistakeholder policy discussion and exchange on public
policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, in order to
foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development
of the Internet, as mandated the *Tunis Agenda para 72.* As part of the
discussion, the retreat welcomed inputs on how IGF can contribute to the
implementation of the *2030 Agenda for **Sustainable Development.*

To recall, in the outcome document of the General Assembly on the overall
review of the outcomes of WSIS (A/RES/70/125 of 16 December 2015), the
existing mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was extended for
another 10 years, with a call to show “progress on working modalities and
the participation of relevant stakeholders from developing countries” and
“accelerated implementation of recommendations in the report of the Working
Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum of the Commission on
Science and Technology for Development”

The document summarising the proceedings of the IGF Retreat is now online
on the IGF website :

To download PDF of the proceedings:

To comment on the proceedings (blog style) :

*Public Consultation:*
Additionally, we are preparing for a public consultation.  A compilation
(organized by topic) of the ideas and suggestions that emerged from the
retreat will be made available in a format that permits paragraph by
paragraph commenting.  This public consultation will be open until *26
September, 2016*.  Please share your comments and additional suggestions
for review by the community, and as input to the 2016 Internet Governance
Forum (IGF): ‘Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, scheduled to take
place from 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

*Additional Information about Processes surrounding the Retreat*
Finally, for those who may be interested, the process followed during the
retreat was the following:

- retreat agenda agreed after public comment period and review by retreat
- each session was facilitated by 2 retreat participants, and supported by
1 session rapporteur (also a retreat participant)
- most sessions used break-out groups (except for introductory and summing
up sessions)
- a rapporteur was chosen for each break-out group (a retreat participant
chosen by the group)
- each break-out group rapporteur reported back to the full group and the
session rapporteur captured the comments
- additionally, all the DESA/IGF secretariat personnel took notes and these
were synthesized into the facilitator's session reports, which all
participants were asked to review

Kind Regards,

*Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro aka Sala T*

*P. O. Box 17862*


*Republic of Fiji*

*Cell: +679 7656770; *

*Home: +679 3362003*
*Twitter: @SalanietaT*

*"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the
greatest quality of the mind next to honour." Aristotle*
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