[IGFmaglist] Draft mail to Regional and National IGF's

Chengetai Masango cmasango at unog.ch
Wed Mar 4 06:23:41 EST 2015

Dear All,

Please find below a first draft of the mail. The Secretariat welcomes comments until 12 noon Geneva time tomorrow (Thursday).

Best regards,



Dear Regional and National IGF coordinators,

As you are aware, preparations for IGF 2015 are already in process. This year there is a particular emphasis on inter-sessional work. The Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) has recommended in its virtual meeting of 3 March that national and regional IGF initiatives be approached and invited to participate more closely in the preparation process. It is hoped that such participation will serve to strengthen the synergies and connections that exist between National, Regional and Global IGF’s thereby enriching the discourse.

The “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development” has been chosen for as the main overarching theme of IGF 2015. With eight sub-themes that are as follows: 
· Cybersecurity and Trust; 
·	the Internet Economy; 
· Inclusiveness and Diversity; 
· Openness; 
· Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation;
·	the Internet and Human Rights; 
· Critical Internet Resources;
· Emerging Issues.
The MAG has recommended that a formal invitation be extended to all national and regional initiatives both to contribute to the horizontal global inter-sessional theme for this year: "Policy Menus for Connecting the Next Billion", and to develop messages and/ or conclusions that will support the global IGF inter-sessional work. 

The MAG also recommended that regional and national IGFs be invited to participate in the Best Practice Forums (BPF's). The mailing lists for the associated themes for this year’s PBF’s are as follows:
Regulation and mitigation of unwanted communications (http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_spam_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_spam_intgovforum.org>);
Establishing and supporting Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) for Internet security (http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_certs_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_certs_intgovforum.org>);
Developing meaningful multistakeholder participation mechanisms (http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_multistakeholder_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_multistakeholder_intgovforum.org>;
Practices to countering abuse against women online (http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_counteringabuse_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_counteringabuse_intgovforum.org>);
IPv6 (http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ipv6_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ipv6_intgovforum.org>); 
IXPs (http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ixps_intgovforum.org <http://mail.intgovforum.org/mailman/listinfo/bp_ixps_intgovforum.org>). 

We look forward to continuing and strengthening the collaboration that already exists between National and Regional IGFs and the Global IGF.

Best regards,

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