Arab Internet Governance Forum MultiStakeholder Model
Arab Internet Governance Forum MultiStakeholder Model Qusai AlShatti INET Qatar Doha – Qatar 27/11/2012
IGF Multistakeholder Nature• Independent Policy Dialog Platform – requires multistakeholder involvement.• Stakeholders: Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and Regional Organizations.• Outcome of the WSIS – a Multistakeholder Summit.• Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) responsible for the IGF Program.• Plenaries and Workshops required to be multistakeholder in structure, participation and interaction.
First Arab IGF“A better Internet for A better Arab World”• Convened in Kuwait 9 – 11 October 2012.• Hosted by Kuwait Information Technology Society.• Under the Umbrella of the Arab League and the UN ESCWA.• Secretariat: TRA Egypt igfarab.org• Sponsors: Private Sector, Technical Community and Youth.• Host site: arabigf.kits.org.kw (sponsored by Youth).
Arab IGF Objectives• Focus on discussing public policies related to Internet Governance especially in the areas of access, stability, security and development.• Facilitate the exchange of information, best practices, knowledge and lessons learned by involving experts, technical community and academics.• Gather different opinions and build consensus for harmonized Arab views on priorities and on mechanisms to respond to Arab countries needs related to Internet governance issues.• Discuss emerging issues and develop recommendations on them, as appropriate.• Build and develop capacity in Internet Governance as well as improve the participation of all stakeholders to benefit from all possible resources of knowledge and expertise.• Communicate the Arab positions globally and enhance the Arab role in formulating global Internet Governance policies.• Engage in outreach with the Internet Governance Forum and other regional IGFs with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and expertise.
Arab IGF – The Process• ESCWA’s experts group meeting on the Regional Roadmap for Internet Governance, held in Beirut, between 25 and 26 October 2010,• The outcome of the Conference and Public Consultations to Establish the Arab IGF, jointly organized by LAS and ESCWA in Beirut, during 31/1-1/2/2012, consent reached during on the importance and the need to launch the Arab IGF.• The recommendation of the Executive Bureau of the Arab Telecommunication and Information Technology Council of Ministers (ATICM) to endorse the outcome of the Conference and Public Consultations to Establish the Arab IGF (2/2/2012).
Arab IGF – The Process• The recommendation made by the Permanent Arabic Committee for Communication and Information in its 31st meeting, held in Dubai, between 24-25/5/2012 to launch the Arab IGF.• The endorsement of the Arab Telecommunication and Information Technology Council of Ministers (ATICM) to launch the Arab IGF (5/6/2012).• The Formation of the Arab IGF MAG Multistakeholder Advisory Group (18/6/2012).
Convening the Arab IGF• Stakeholders: Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and Regional Organizations, Technical Community and Academics.• The Arab IGF MAG conducted two meetings (18/6/2012 & 5/9/2012) in Cairo, Egypt.• One open consultation conducted on 5/9/2012 in Cairo, Egypt.• Fellowship Program was launched in Sept. 2012.
Convening the Arab IGF• 280 registrants from 18 Arab countries and other regions.• Themes: Access, Openness, Security and Privacy, Content, Critical Internet Resources, Youth.• Conducted 6 Plenaries and 13 Workshops including Setting the Scene and the Way forward.
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