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Sunday, December 17 • 13:00 - 15:00
Towards Meaningful Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance

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Organization: UNESCO

Title: Towards Meaningful Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance


Topic summary

With support of ICANN and ISOC, UNESCO is launching the new publication “What if we all governed the Internet: Advancing multistakeholder participation in Internet governance” as the 11th edition within the UNESCO Internet Freedom series. It was commissioned to achieve better understanding the ways in which multi-stakeholder participation mechanisms have evolved since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) more than ten years ago. Serving as an authoritative and influential knowledge resource for the range of stakeholders, the publication will help raise awareness and promote multi-stakeholder practice in internet governance around the world.

The session will welcome diverse actors and stakeholders that have been and remain involved in multi-stakeholder processes to compare and analyze their experiences as cited in the report. The session will aim to find some common ground to develop indicators and recommendations to support multi-stakeholder processes in the future, both at the IGF and beyond.

The session will be an interactive discussion built on a brief introduction of the research at the beginning and short remarks from panellists. The majority of the time will be dedicated to the Q and A with the audience and participants.

The session will also see the launching of the Portuguese and Spanish versions of UNESCO’s publication Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies with the participation of Brazilian Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca.


Joint  Moderators (5’): Mr. Guy Berger, UNESCO Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development and Ms Xianhong Hu, UNESCO Internet Specialist


Welcome remarks:

5’’ Mr. Frank La Rue, UNESCO ADG for Communication and information

5’ Ms. Constance Bommelaer de Leusse, ISOC

5’ Mr. Chris Disspain, ICANN


Presentation (10’) Ms. Anri van der Spuy, the UNESCO commissioned author of the research



5’ Prof Kyung Sin (KS) Park, Korea University Law School

5’ Ms. Jac SM Kee, APC

5’ Mr. Benedicto Fonseca, Brazilian Ambassador for Internet issues

5’ Ms. Grace Githaiga, Kenya ICT Action Network


10’ Book Launch of Portuguese and Spanish versions of "Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies" by Mr Guy Berger and Mr Benedicto Fonseca


60’ Discussion


Rapporteur:  Ms. Xianhong Hu, UNESCO


Remote moderator: Mr Guilherme Canela, UNESCO


Notes and photos: Mr. Zhaocan Li, UNESCO


Session Organizers

Sunday December 17, 2017 13:00 - 15:00 CET
Salle 13 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)