Ghana IGF 2016: 18 August 2016
Closing Remarks by Mr. Chengetai Masango, United Nations Secretariat of the
Internet Governance Forum
Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of the United Nations Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum, allow me
to congratulate you on successfully organizing the national Internet Governance Forum
of Ghana, and to thank you for inviting me to participate.
As you know, the IGF is a multistakeholder platform for gathering all interested
stakeholder groups in one place to discuss the issues pertaining to the Internet. With,
last year, the General Assembly extending the mandate of the IGF for another 10 years,
we were given the responsibility all together, to improve our work and make changes
on Internet Governance field.
On this ours journey, the existence and rapid growth of national and regional IGF
initiatives, is critical. The Ghana IGF network, along with another 65 teams of colleagues
from national and regional IGFs across the world, are helping us to encompass all
national and regional differences into one global IGF agenda. The work that you are
doing, by following the IGF main principles of being open, inclusive, multistakeholder
and non-commercial, combined with your dedication and commitment, is what is
already making a positive change within your respective community, thus within the
global IGF as well.
As you all probably now, this year’s IGF will be hosted by the Government of Mexico, in
Guadalajara from 6-9 December. We are hoping to have many of you present there,
onsite or if not possible, I am inviting you to use all the benefits of Internet and to take
active participation through online tools we will provide.
The IGF is now focused on the preparations for this annual meeting, with many ongoing
intersessional work activities. While I will not take time here to describe all of them, I
will reference some that I know are particularly relevant to this region: Connecting and
Enabling the Next Billion: Phase II, that is focused on detecting the related issues locally,
and proposing the best solutions; as well as Best Practice Forums on different subjects:
gender and access, IXPs, IPv6, Cybersecurity and Anti-corruption Online. We hope that
you will join in contributing to this work, from your perspective, and help in building
fully comprehensive content to be presented and discussed in Guadalajara.
It was a pleasure to be able to listen to many important sessions today and our
compliments for this. Thank you for your excellent work and please continue like this in
the years ahead.
The IGF Secretariat is at your disposal for any assistance needed.
United Nations Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum