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Wednesday, December 20 • 11:30 - 13:00

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Wednesday, 20 December Room XVII
First Segment: 11:30-13.00
Lunch Break: 13:00-15:00
Second Segment: 15:00-16:00

More than 95 countries and regions have established succesful IGF processes for their respective communities.  At their annual IGF meetings, a number of the national, regional and Youth IGF initiatives (NRIs) have been discussing extensively the notion of rights in the digital world, its importance and current practices in different countries and regions of the world, as well as the global policies and practices and its implications to their respective communities.

Session structure and format:

The first segment will be 90 minutes long, followed by a 120 minutes lunch break. After that, the session will be continued with 60 minutes as the second segment slot.

 The initial 90-minutes segment will focus on an interactive discussion on the topic as addressed by the participating NRIs, across and between the national, regional, subregional and Youth IGFs, while the second 60-minutes long segment will be a continuation of an interactive discussion with the audience, both remotely and in the room, then engaging appointed rapporteurs delivering major conclusions and recommendations for the wider community and final wrap up comments from the co-moderators.


Each of the NRIs who have committed to participate whether onsite or remotely will identify their designated representative to speak  at the NRIs main session.

 The session will be opened with a short and comprehensive presentation of the NRIs Network Overview and Evolution, delivered by the NRIs Focal Point, in collaboration with the NRIs. 

The co-moderators will introduce the session concept, and open the floor for the NRIs interventions. NRIs will be invited to respond to one of the developed policy questions (presented below), with an effort to achieve geographical balance across five IGF regions.

Confirmed NRIs that will speak onsite: 

  1. Afghanistan IGF
  2. IGF-USA
  3. Panama IGF
  4. Netherlands IGF
  5. Sri Lanka IGF
  6. China IGF
  7. Spain IGF
  8. Germany IGF
  9. DR Congo IGF
  10. EuroDIG
  11. Youth LACIGF
  12. Colombia IGF
  13. SEEDIG
  14. Tunisia IGF
  15. Nigeria IGF
  16. West Africa IGF
  17. Nepal IGF
  18. Portugal IGF
  19. Brazil IGF
  20. Croatia IGF
  21. Kenya IGF
  22. Youth IGF Turkey
  23. African IGF

 The session will be moderated across these five policy guiding questions:

  1. How do the NRIs communities understand the rights in the digital world?
  2. From the perspective of your NRI, what are our rights in the digital world and do you see the access as one of those?
  3. Are there any challenges and limitations in exercising our rights in the digital world, according to the views of your NRI?
  4. How is the development of new technologies affecting our rights in the digital world, from the perspective of your NRI?
  5. What are the recommendations/advices from your NRIs in approaching the identified problems? Can the multistakeholder model here be an effective approach for making improvements?

Onsite co-moderators:

  • Janis Karklins, Ambassador of Latvia to UNOG

  • Anja Gengo, IGF Secretariat

Online co-moderators:

  • Lianna Galstyan, Armenia IGF, SEEDIG

  • Oksana Prykhodko, Ukraine IGF


  • Dustin Phillips, ICANNWiki/IGF-USA

  • Sajia Yarmal, IGF Afghanistan

Wednesday December 20, 2017 11:30 - 13:00 CET
Main Hall - Room XVII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)