IGF 2022 DC-SIDS A Global Platform for SIDS Collaboration: The 1st SIDS IGF

DC

Dynamic Coalition on Small Island Developing States in the Internet Economy

Round Table - U-shape - 90 Min

Description

The IGF 2022 DC-SIDS will be a direct follow-up on the outputs and outcomes of the Inaugural SIDS-IGF that was held during the period 24-26 August 2022, colocated with the 2022 Caribbean IGF (see https://ctu.int/event/18th-caribbean-internet-governance-forum-and-yout… for details of the agenda and proceedings which will be published shortly).

As such, the Session will focus on the actions identified in the SIDS-IGF, discuss and agree the next steps for the SIDS Digital Agenda and verify whether the stated objectives, as identified below were achieved, and if not, what can we do to ensure that they are achieved going forward:

- Establish a platform and ongoing process where SIDS can become involved, can collaborate, cooperate, share experiences and have their voices heard re: issues arising from and impacts on their countries by IG, Internet Policy and the Digital Economy without necessarily having to "join" an entity (e.g. the DC-SIDS)

- Create a globally visible, recognized and reputable platform for engagement, discussion, cooperation, and collaboration and consensus-building (and even possible decision making) for SIDS Internet Governance, Internet Policy and Digital Economy issues.

- Highlight and seek solutions for the critical issues facing SIDS from the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean & South China Sea (AIMS), Caribbean, and Pacific in the Digital Economy

- Consider and identify appropriate initial governance, procedural and operational mechanisms for effectively addressing and achieving the desired objectives

- Ensure that AIMS SIDS and non-English-speaking SIDS are fully integrated into the DC-SIDS and SIDS-IGF processes

Using the pioneering DC-SIDS Roundtable format, lead discussants will introduce key points on the topic, and Roundtable participants will be invited to contribute by the Moderator. While this is being proposed as a hybrid session, online/remote Participation will be prioritized and encouraged through the posting of advance questions/topics and will be fully integrated into the Roundtable through full participation of the Remote/Online Moderator as a Discussant as well as the utilization of complementary tools such as WhatsApp/Signal/Slack and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.).

Organizers

- Maureen Hilyard, Chair, ICANN At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Civil Society, Asia Pacific-Cook Islands (Online Moderator)

- Tracy Hackshaw, Chair, Trinidad & Tobago Multistakeholder Advisory Group, Technical Community, GRULAC-Trinidad and Tobago (Onsite Moderator)

- Internet Society IGF 2022 Youth Ambassador (Rapporteur)

Speakers

Kindly note that, as is usual with the Annual DC-SIDS IGF Meeting, our format is not one that uses a "talking heads" approach, rather it utilizes the pioneering "Roundtable" approach we introduced at IGF 2012 whereby the session is led by topic discussants, with full participation and engagement from all meeting participants throughout the meeting. In this regard, a list of "speakers", in the traditional sense, is not something that we propose utilizing. However, we are providing a list of proposed discussants, based on our 2022 SIDS IGF Team Leads. NOTE: This list may change closer to the IGF as clarity emerges who will likely onsite and who will be online:

- Rodney Taylor, Secretary General, Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), Government-International Governmental Organzation (IGO), GRULAC-Barbados

- Nigel Cassimire, Deputy Secretary General & Head of Regional Policy Development, CTU, Government-IGO, GRULAC-Trinidad and Tobago

- Cherie Lagakali, GFCE Advisory Board member 2020/2022 and GFCE Pacific Liaison/PICISOC, Civil Society, Asia Pacific-Fiji

- June Parris. Member, CIVICUS, Civil Society, GRULAC-Barbados

- Dalsie Baniala - Advisor, Vanuatu Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR), Government, Asia Pacific-Vanuatu

- Francola John, Stakeholder and Event Management Specialist, CTU, Government-IGO, GRULAC-Trinidad and Tobago

- Georgina Naigulevu, Project Manager (Digital and Health Information), Tetra Tech, Private Sector, Asia Pacific-Fiji

- TR Mori, Founder & CEO, iSolutions Micronesia, Private Sector, Asia Pacific-Federated States of Micronesia

Onsite Moderator

Tracy Hackshaw

Online Moderator

Maureen Hilyard

Rapporteur

ISOC IGF 2022 Youth Ambassador

SDGs

1. No Poverty


Targets: The United Nations General Assembly has clearly identified and reiterated, on multiple occasions, that the work and efforts of, and challenges faced by SIDS cut across the majority of the SDGs. This can be seen seen at https://sdgs.un.org/topics/small-island-developing-states where the following referenced statement is instructive:

"The Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) adopted in 1994, further complemented by The Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI) of 2005 and MSI+5 Outcome document, recognized that although they are afflicted by economic difficulties and confronted by development imperatives similar to those of developing countries generally, small island developing States (SIDS) have their own peculiar vulnerabilities and characteristics. SIDS’ unique and particular vulnerabilities are highlighted in “The Future We Want”, adopted at The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 - their small size, remoteness, narrow resource and export base, and exposure to global environmental challenges and external economic shocks, including to a large range of impacts from climate change and potentially more frequent and intense natural disasters (para 178). SIDS continue to address those structural and external challenges to achieve their sustainable development.

The Third International Conference on SIDS was held in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, with the overarching theme of “The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships”. Nearly 300 partnerships were announced at the conference and monitored through the Partnership Platform. The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway (Samoa Pathway) adopted at the Conference addresses priority areas for SIDS and calls for urgent actions and support for SIDS’ efforts to achieve their sustainable development."

The SIDS-IGF and 2022 DC-SIDS proposal is fully aligned with this statement.