[IGFmaglist] For agenda item 3

THOMAS-RAYNAUD Elizabeth elizabeth.thomas-raynaud at iccwbo.org
Fri May 20 19:40:47 EDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

After reaching out inside our community, I would like to support the call below by Avri and Renata for further discussion of the IGF Retreat. In particular there is a need to better understand timing, goals and process. Could we have a virtual meeting early next week to discuss it?

I’ve spent the last two days speaking to people in order to assess the community views. The reaction from private sector people keen to support but not in the MAG has been surprise that this proposal would land last minute with such short notice. In trying to address questions they raised, it was clear to me there are many still. In particular, I note that I was unable to explain: what problem the designation of a different group from the MAG was trying to solve; what the urgency of the retreat is; and why the timeline we have is so short to offer representatives.

Speaking about governments, Juan noted on the call that people’s travel time is often subject to approvals and based on prior planning. This is true also for private sector representatives and surely other communities. That this retreat is planned in midsummer for many is also an obstacle that will only be compounded by the extremely short timeframe. So I agree with the others, it warrants fuller discussion and consideration if we want to do it well and with representative participation.

Irrespective of whether there can be a call, I must also ask for a more realistic deadline for communities to come back with nominations to the group. Just over a week for this is not a serious option for our community and I cannot imagine it is any easier for others. A credible, open process that reaches out beyond those already planning to attend as MAG members requires more time for people to assess their availability and means of travel support etc.

Could we please extend the nomination deadline to mid-June instead?

Thanks for kindly considering these two requests.

Best regards,

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Project Director, ICC Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS)
Senior Policy Executive, Digital Economy

From: Igfmaglist [mailto:igfmaglist-bounces at intgovforum.org] On Behalf Of Renata Aquino Ribeiro
Sent: 19 May 2016 17:18
To: Avri Doria
Cc: MAG-public
Subject: Re: [IGFmaglist] For agenda item 3

Dear all

As a MAG member who also is interested in this process, I`d like more information on this.
Maybe an extra virtual meeting so we can talk about it?

Thank you


On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 12:08 PM, avri doria <avri at acm.org<mailto:avri at acm.org>> wrote:

After yesterdays discussion I must say I remain concerned by the fact
that this was a surprise proposal from DESA that had no prior discussion
in the MAG before being 'adopted.'

Personally I believe that the MAG should discuss the idea and should be
involved in setting the agenda for the retreat.  Whether the work of
setting the agenda is done in a MAG WG or in the MAG as a whole, it
should be, at the very least, a cooperative effort between the
secretariat and the MAG.

I think the last minute notification and the fact that we had so many
with participation dysfunction yesterday is an indicator that this
proposal needs a bit more consideration before approval and implementation.



On 18-May-16 16:54, Chengetai Masango wrote:
> Dear All,
> Please find attached the call for participation for a proposed IGF retreat.
> I will be announcing it under agenda item 3.
> Best regards,
> Chengetai
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