IGF 2023 DC-IUI Advancing rights-based digital governance through ROAM-X

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (05:40 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (07:10 UTC)
Room J

Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality Indicators

Round Table - 90 Min


Over the past 17 years, UNESCO has been advocating for an inclusive and human rights-based digital governance through its engagement with the Internet Governance Forum community. At its 38th General Conference, UNESCO endorsed the Internet Universality concept with its four cross-cutting R.O.A.M principles-- an Internet based on human Rights, and the principles of Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation. Current Internet Universality ROAM-X framework with 303 indicators, including 79 cross-cutting ones concerning gender equality, youth, ethical dimensions and sustainable development, embodies the ROAM principles. Since its launch at the IGF 2020, the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators, initiated by UNESCO, has played a crucial role in supporting over 40 national assessments across five continents. The Coalition has consistently organized meetings and sessions during global IGF and regional IGF meetings in Africa, Asia Pacific, EuroDIG, and other regions where UNESCO is actively engaged. This year, the Dynamic Coalition session will focus on the update of the ROAM-X indicators to include new relevant dimensions in the framework and guarantee the transformative aspect of the recommendations formulated in the national assessment of ROAM-X. This session also aims to encourage synergies and collaboration between the IUIs project and other initiatives championed by the IGF community to jointly advance evidence-based policy making and empower stakeholders around the world via our Dynamic Coalition. Additionally, the DC seeks to work jointly with partners to support the UN Global Digital Compact and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, this session will trigger discussions to achieve below objectives: Discuss the revision of the ROAM-X framework in light of the rapid development and unprecedented challenges posed by digital transformation, explore how the framework can be adapted to effectively address these evolving dynamics and ensure its continued relevance in navigating the complexities of the digital era. Reflect on how ROAM-X framework can support the formulation of Internet governance policies that empower all people and support the formulation and implementation of the Global Digital Compact, promoting a collaborative and inclusive approach to digital governance. Gather and expand the members of IGF  Dynamic Coalition on Internet Universality ROAM-X indicators, reinforce the extensive partnership with the Dynamic Coalition community to advance digital governance by fostering synergies and collaboration between the Internet Universality Indicators (IUIs) project and other initiatives championed by the IGF community.

The 2023 IGF will be a hybrid event, meaning that people should be able to participate fully, whether onsite or online. The IGF Secretariat and the Host Country will provide the technical tools to support this. It is vital that workshop organizers are aware of this, and that providing for hybrid accessibility and interactive engagement is central to all session planning. Organizers should make every effort to ensure that any session speakers or organizers that will be participating online have sufficient connectivity to participate in a hybrid session.


Polish National Commission for UNESCO German National Commission for UNESCO Council of Europe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Association of Progressive Communications Missions Publiques CETIC.br Internet Society (ISOC) Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) E-Governance and Internet Governance Foundation for Africa (EGIGFA) Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut Global Network Initiative (GNI) UNESCO


Marielza Oliveira, UNESCO, Intergovernmental institution, Western European and other States Xianhong Hu, UNESCO, Intergovernmental institution, Western European and other States Simon Ellis, Independent, Civil society, Western European and other States Dorothy Gordon, UNESCO, Intergovernmental institution, African States Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Technical community, Latin American and Caribbean States Ms Anju Mangal, Web Foundation, Fiji, Asia-Pacific States Dr. Lutz Möller, German National Commission for UNESCO, Intergovernmental institution, Western European and other States Alexandre Barbosa, Regional Center for Studies of the Development of the Information Society (CETIC.br), Technical community, Latin American and Caribbean States Mr David Souter, International Advisor Anja Gengo, IGF, Civil society, Western European and other States Sabrina LIM, APAC/ ICANN, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific States

Onsite Moderator

Tatevik Grigoryan, [email protected], Associate Programme Specialist

Online Moderator

Xiaojie Sun, Junior Professional Officer, UNESCO


Karen Landa, Consultant, UNESCO


4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
10. Reduced Inequalities
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Targets: This session will emphasize the importance of the Dynamic Coalition in establishing and fostering collaborations with global stakeholders and institutions through the Dynamic Coalition on ROAM. This collaborative effort aims to shape global digital transformation, promote digital collaboration, and contribute to the formulation of the global digital compact. UNESCO's Internet Universality Indicators framework addresses the lack of global and national standards and serves as a comprehensive research tool to foster Internet policies that promote sustainable development, especially the above highlighted targets, in all countries.