To have the internet we want, we need a strengthened Internet Governance Forum.
We believe that the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) remains at the heart of the internet governance ecosystem. There is no equivalent space for enabling public participation, shared learning, monitoring of progress in achieving inclusive, human-rights based, people-centred internet and digital governance, and discussing the positive and negative impacts of the internet and internet policies in a multidisciplinary and multistakeholder setting.
Currently in its third mandate, the IGF and its extension will be a critical aspect of the upcoming WSIS+20 review process and IGF+20 consultation in 2025, which will be informed by the proposed Global Digital Compact, to be adopted at the Summit of the Future in 2024. An IGF mandate beyond 2025 will be considered – presenting an opportunity for continuity and progress toward the aim of a people-centred and multistakeholder approach to global digital transformation.
The Global Digital Compact could help strengthen the mandate of the IGF, playing a key role in ensuring that the lessons learned from years of multistakeholder cooperation feed into future processes of internet policy, internet governance and global digital cooperation and in setting parameters for safeguarding multistakeholderism, transparency, inclusivity, dialogue and accountability.
To have the internet we want, we need a strengthened IGF.
Testimonies on the value of the IGF, in the first person: