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About Us

Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors.  At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.

For more information on IGF please refer to the following documents:

In the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 16 December 2015, (70/125) 'Outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society', the existing mandate of the IGF as set out in paragraphs 72 to 78 of the Tunis Agenda was extended for another 10 years. 

IGF Mandate

Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda:

72. We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue—called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The mandate of the Forum is to:

  • Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;
  • Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;
  • Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;
  • Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;
  • Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;
  • Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;
  • Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
  • Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;
  • Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;
  • Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;
  • Publish its proceedings

Team

IGF Personnel
Head of Office
Mr. Chengetai Masango
Associate Information Systems Officer
Mr. Luis Bobo
Associate Programme Expert / National and Regional IGF Initiatives Focal Point
Ms. Anja Gengo
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Programme Management Assistant
Ms. Eleonora Anna Mazzucchi
Administrative Assistant
Mr. Pascal Garde
Associate Programme Officer - Parliamentary Track, DCs and MAG Support
Ms. Celine Bal

About IGF FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the IGF.

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Donors to the IGF Trust Fund

The Internet Governance Forum Secretariat is funded through donations from various stakeholder groups. While host countries bear the majority of the costs associated with holding the annual IGF meeting, the IGF Secretariat's activities are funded through extra-budgetary contributions paid into a multi-donor Trust Fund administered by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). All contributions are administered and accounted for in accordance with United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations and other applicable directives, procedures and practices.

Contributions from all stakeholders are welcome, including in-kind donations. 

The Secretariat is grateful to IGF Trust Fund donors, listed below in order of the size of their total contribution since 2006.

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In Kind Contributions

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

(Covers transcription for MAG Face-To-Face Meetings)

IGFSA

(Covers transcription for MAG and Dynamic Coalitions Virtual Meetings

ITU

(Provides remote participation for one face to face meeting)

Google

(Provides extended Youtube Account for Sessions Videos)

CISCO

(Provides WebEx Tool for Virtual Meetings)

IGF Code of Conduct

Those who take part in any Internet Governance Forum (IGF) multi-stakeholder process (in-person meetings, virtual meetings, mailing list discussions, etc.) agree to:

  • Treat all members of the IGF community equally, irrespective of nationality, gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, disability, age, or sexual orientation; all stakeholders of the IGF community should treat each other with civility, both face to face and online.
  • Focus discussion or remarks on issues rather than on particular actors, whether they be individuals, groups, organizations or governments, and refrain from ad hominem attacks.
  • Act in a reasonable, objective and informed manner when participating in and/or using any IGF discussion platform.
  • Listen and respect the views of all stakeholders when considering IGF policy issues. The IGF is a multistakeholder environment and those who take part in IGF meetings and inter-sessional activities should acknowledge the importance of all stakeholders and seek to understand their points of view.
  • Facilitate transparency and openness when participating in Internet governance-related policy discussions.
  • Act fairly and in good faith with other participants in IGF processes.
  • Promote ethical and responsible behavior. Ethics and integrity are essential, and the IGF expects all stakeholders to behave in a responsible and principled way.

Failure to adhere to the above guidelines and principles may result in removal from IGF Secretariat-hosted activities.

United Nations Code of Conduct to Prevent Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment at the UN System Events


Brochure: United Nations Code of Conduct to Prevent Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment at the UN System Events

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Contact Us

United Nations
Secretariat of the
Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411

The Internet Governance Forum Secretariat is funded through donations from various stakeholder groups. While host countries bear the majority of the costs associated with holding the annual IGF meeting, the IGF Secretariat's activities are funded through extra-budgetary contributions paid into a multi-donor Trust Fund administered by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). All contributions are administered and accounted for in accordance with United Nations Financial Rules and Regulations and other applicable directives, procedures and practices.

Contributions from all stakeholders are welcome, including in-kind donations. 

The Secretariat is grateful to IGF Trust Fund donors, listed below in order of the size of their total contribution since 2006.