IGF 2023 Open Forum #89 Multistakeholder Model - Driver for Global Services and SDGs

Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (00:45 UTC) - Thursday, 12th October, 2023 (02:15 UTC)
WS 6 – Room E

Technical challenges of Internet fragmentation

Round Table - 90 Min


ICANN’s Open Forum will explore the achievements driven by the multistakeholder model in shaping the Internet ecosystem. This session will highlight the success of the multistakeholder model for , fostering an inclusive and accessible digital environment and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals. The multistakeholder model is critical to at the heart of everything ICANN does - whether its developing policies of the technical implementation of those policies to manage the unique identifiers that maintain a single stable interoperable Internet sharing a common Internet protocol.. Central to our discussion will be the IANA transition. This milestone established ICANN as an independent global organization accountable to the global Internet community, demonstrating how collaboration and consensus-driven decision-making drives positive change. The transition and the self governance since that time exemplifies the success of the multistakeholder model We will showcase the Internet's resilience – uninterrupted service for over 35 years. This achievement stands as a testament to its reliability and unwavering connectivity, benefiting billions of users worldwide. It underscores the collective efforts and shared responsibility of all stakeholders. Additionally, we will explore the Internet's response during the global pandemic, its ability to scale up immediately providing essential connectivity for remote work, education, and access to critical services, family and friends. This highlights how a shared set of protocols and the collaboration of diverse stakeholders can swiftly address emerging challenges, ensuring the Internet's availability and functionality. Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) will also be examined, empowering diverse languages and cultures to thrive on the Internet. This development illustrates how the multistakeholder model promotes inclusivity and amplifies voices from all backgrounds. Furthermore, we will delve into other ICANN activities, including initiatives such as the Coalition for Digital Africa and the expansion of the Top-Level Domain (TLD) space. These initiatives underscore ICANN's commitment to inclusivity, innovation, and equitable access to the Internet, especially in bridging the digital divide in underserved regions. Join ICANN Board Members and CEO in this engaging session as they explore the resounding success of the multistakeholder model in shaping an inclusive, resilient, and collaborative Internet ecosystem and its critical role in achieving the sustainable development goals. By reflecting on these achievements, we collectively recognize the power of the multistakeholder model in addressing global stakeholder development and services needs and Internet governance challenges

The session will adopt a hybrid format, accommodating both virtual and onsite participation of panelists and attendees. Structured with a focus on interactive engagement, the session will dedicate at least 20% of its duration to questions, comments, and discussion. Ensuring equal treatment for all participants, robust communication channels between onsite and online moderators will be established through private chats and extensive information exchange during the session. Drawing from ICANN's experience in conducting successful hybrid public meetings, best practices will be implemented to foster vibrant interaction for both in-person and remote participants. To facilitate active engagement, the session will actively monitor the chat and Q&A pod (if available). Efforts will be made to leverage the features of the Zoom platform or other available tools to enhance interaction, where feasible. ICANN, having conducted numerous meetings and working group sessions online since March 2020, along with several hybrid ICANN meetings by the time of the IGF 2023, will bring valuable expertise in optimizing interaction dynamics. Recognizing the challenges posed by time zone disparities, participants unable to attend in real-time will have the opportunity to submit questions to the session organizers in advance. Furthermore, background materials will be provided ahead of the session, enabling attendees to familiarize themselves with the topic beforehand. Following the session, any outstanding questions will be addressed privately, and avenues for ongoing engagement with ICANN will be provided, ensuring a continued exchange of ideas and information beyond the session itself.


Veni Markovski, ICANN, Technical Community, WEOG Vera Major, ICANN, Technical Community, WEOG Rebecca McGilley, ICANN, Technical Community, WEOG


Sally Costerton, Interim ICANN President and CEO, Technical Community, WEOG Tripti Sinha, Chair of the ICANN Board, Technical Community, WEOG

Onsite Moderator

Veni Markovski

Online Moderator

Vera Major


Rebbeca McGilley



Targets: Decent Work and Economic Growth 8.2: The session will showcase the resilience of the Internet, emphasizing its uninterrupted service for over 35 years, which contributes to economic growth by providing a reliable and unwavering connectivity infrastructure for businesses and entrepreneurs. 8.3: Promote Development-Oriented Policies While not directly addressing SDG 8.3, the session's focus on addressing Internet governance challenges and promoting an open and inclusive Internet ecosystem can indirectly contribute to promoting development-oriented policies. By ensuring that diverse stakeholders have a voice in decision-making processes, the session supports the goal of promoting sustainable economic development and job creation. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 9.c: Significantly increase access to ICT and strive to provide universal and affordable access to internet in LDCs by 2020. By showcasing successful multistakeholder model initiatives in addressing Internet governance challenges, the forum highlights the importance of collaboration among different stakeholders to foster a more inclusive and accessible Internet ecosystem. This can significantly contribute to bridging the digital divide and ensuring that everyone can benefit from the opportunities offered by ICTs. Reduced Inequalities 10.2: The session will explore how the multistakeholder model, through initiatives like Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs), promotes inclusivity and amplifies voices from diverse backgrounds, thus contributing to reducing inequalities in access to the Internet and digital resources. Sustainable Cities and Communities 11.7: The session will discuss the role of ICANN's initiatives, such as the Coalition for Digital Africa and the expansion of the Top-Level Domain (TLD) space, in bridging the digital divide and promoting equitable access to the Internet, thereby contributing to the development of sustainable cities and communities. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements. The multistakeholder model of Internet governance promotes transparency, inclusivity, and collaboration in decision-making processes related to the Internet. By discussing the successes and challenges of this model, the forum contributes to advancing the principles of openness, accountability, and participatory governance in the digital realm. 17.6: Multilingual Internet requires the cooperation from regional and international stakeholders on access to technology and innovation, and share knowledge on mutually agreed terms. The MSM facilitaties this cooperation. Partnerships for the Goals 17.16: Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of sustainable development goals in all countries, particularly developing countries. The multistakeholder model of Internet governance brings together diverse stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, academia, and governments to collaboratively address Internet governance challenges. Through sharing experiences and insights, the forum supports the development of effective strategies and partnerships for ensuring the sustainability and effectiveness of multistakeholder processes, advancing the global agenda for sustainable development. 17.17: The session will emphasize the importance of partnerships within the multistakeholder model in shaping the Internet ecosystem, fostering collaboration, and driving positive change in addressing Internet governance challenges. Quality Education 4.4: The session will highlight the role of the multistakeholder model in shaping an inclusive and accessible digital environment, which is crucial for providing equitable access to quality education and fostering inclusive and quality learning opportunities.