UN chief appoints inaugural Internet Governance Forum Leadership Panel

UN chief appoints inaugural Internet Governance Forum Leadership Panel

UN chief António Guterres established the Panel to help and strengthen the IGF, an annual assembly to debate public coverage points pertaining to the Internet.  

Panel members will handle strategic and pressing points and spotlight Forum discussions, in addition to doable follow-up actions, to advertise higher affect and dissemination of IGF discussions, in keeping with its Terms of Reference. 

They have been appointed by the Secretary-General following an open name for nominations, and consistent with “an equitably distributed, multistakeholder configuration” of representatives from Government, the non-public sector, civil society and the technical group, in addition to outstanding individuals within the discipline of digital coverage. 

Two-year time period 

The members of the Leadership Panel are Mr. Vint Cerf from the United States, Mr. Hatem Dowidar from Egypt, Ms. Lise Fuhr from Denmark, Ms. Maria Fernanda Garza from Mexico, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves from Estonia, Ms. Maria Ressa from the Philippines and the USA,  Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma from India, Ms. Karoline Edtstadler from Austria, Mr. ‘Gbenga Sesan from Nigeria, and Mr. Lan Xue from China. 

They will serve for a two-year time period throughout the 2022–23 IGF cycles. 

The Panel additionally consists of 5 ex-officio members: senior representatives of the present, instantly earlier, and instantly upcoming IGF host international locations; the Chair of the Forum’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group, in addition to the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, Mr. Amandeep Singh Gill. 

Besides the UN Envoy, the opposite ex-officio members are Mrs. Huria Ali Mahdi from Ethiopia, host of this yr’s IGF;  Mr. Yuji Sasaki from Japan, the place the 2023 Forum will likely be held; Mr. Krzysztof Szubert of Poland, the 2021 host nation, and Mr. Paul Mitchell, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group chair. 

About the IGF

The Internet Governance Forum is an final result of the Tunis section of the World Summit on the Information Society (WISS) that came about in 2005. The first section was held in Geneva in December 2003. 

In the Tunis Agenda, Governments requested the UN Secretary-General to convene a “new discussion board for coverage dialogue” to debate points associated to key components of Internet governance.  

The Forum’s mandate was prolonged for one more 10 years in December 2015, throughout the high-level assembly of the UN General Assembly on the general overview of the implementation of WISS outcomes.  

The seventeenth version of the IGF will likely be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 November to 2 December.  



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