[IGFmaglist] FINAL REQUEST FOR MAG COMMENTS ON MAIN SESSION GUIDELINES 2016

Wisdom Donkor wisdom.dk at gmail.com
Thu May 26 12:58:08 EDT 2016


Sala, i support you 100% and i also agree with you that when it comes
to  developing
countries, the issue of Access, Availability and Affordability in terms of
*funding* and globally infrastructure providers are constantly looking for
ways to consolidate creation of enabling environment.

Concerted efforts by governments, international community, business
sector, civil
society etc are necessary to ensure that the activities outlined are fully
implemented. Closer international cooperation and collaboration will also
help developing countries seize the benefits of ICT and Internet and use them
to accelerate their economic developments as they work towards achieving the
Sustainable Development Goals.

In developing countries, Governments are faced with the challenge of
transformation, a paradigm shift, necessitated by the age of network
intelligence. Governments must be encourage to undergo internal and
external transformation in order to move in unison with the private sector
and respond swiftly to ICT and Internet developments and its dictates
globally. We  must find concerted ways to engage Governments more to
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of internal functions and
processes to accelerate to achieving the sustainable development goals.

 African countries are very much aware of the benefits derived through
adoption and use of ICTs and Internet but there are many serious challenges
which must be addressed and chief  among them are: ƒ Inadequate
communications and power infrastructure, ƒShortage of ICT and Internet
facilities and skills, ƒ Inadequate institutional arrangements, ƒ Limited
financial resources, ƒ Inadequate public private partnership, ƒ Limited
data management capacity, ƒƒ Inadequate bandwidth nationally and on the
Gateway, Inadequate capacity building and  awareness etc.

And in this regard, Capacity building as alluded by Marilyn in previous
discussions is key and  important if society is to accept, adopt and use
ICTs and Internet for economic and social empowerment. There is also the
need for publicity and exposure to ICT and Internet.  Policies at global
and national levels needs to adequately provide for vigorous capacity
building including life-long learning.

Much have been achieved, more need to be done, we need to move very fast.

*WISDOM DONKOR (S/N Eng.)*
E-government and Open Government Data Platforms Specialist
National Information Technology Agency (NITA)/
Ghana Open Data Initiative Project.
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On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro <
sala at pasifikanexus.nu> wrote:

> If one were to revisit the letter by the Under Secretary General to the
> Former MAG chair encouraging linkages hence the additional insertions. I
> would also say that it is not compulsory but can be used to link in line
> with the original mandate.
>
> Secondly, for developing countries the issue of Access, Availability and
> Affordability in terms of funding and globally infrastrucrure providers are
> constantly looking for ways to consolidate creation of enabling
> environment. Hence the Addis Ababa inserts...it is just a way of moving out
> of the silos to advance access for the average person whether underserved
> communities, elderly, persons with disability, gender, youth etc. It is not
> enough to just point to the SDGs but explore enhancing cohesion of tackling
> the challenges of the next decade.
>
> With respect to references to the Sendai Framework we have seen countries
> both developed and developing impacted by natural disasters of
> unprecedented scale whether these were Tsunamis, Earthquakes or Hyphoons
> and the potential of the internet and aspects of IG to address resiliency
> response is far from reached. The potential of internet governance to
> address these is far from utilised. This has been addressed in APrIGFs way
> back in Singapore a few years ago.
>
> As for climate change, the world we live in as interconnected as it is has
> impacted developmental and international commerce and trade. For instance,
> droughts all over the world can be traced to drying up of forests in the
> Amazon that has changed weather occurrences right across the world. This
> impacts food supply, trade, market dynamics and poverty. Last year when the
> WRC following four years of discussions on all kinds of agendas and
> concerns from regions around the world one main issue being globally pushed
> by some were threats to C Band Satellite which in turn has an impact across
> a variety of industries such as education, broadcast and even disaster
> response.
>
> As we move into 2016 to 2026 and create an enabling platform we need to
> highlight how IGFs can in fact propel and fuel and tackle solutions to
> issues affecting global communities.
>
> There have been previous criticisms on how IGFs are just a talk fest.
> Guidelines help shape and create context and context as we know always
> shapes meaning.
>
> Submitted for co-chairs and WGs consideration.
> On 26/05/2016 6:06 pm, "Franz, Liesyl I" <FranzLI at state.gov> wrote:
>
>> All,
>>
>> Thanks for your input.
>>
>> For my own part, I also support Elizabeth’s comments, including on C (iv)
>> in the consideration section, and would add that we have accommodated the
>> way in which workshops may have linkages to the SDGs in the workshop
>> proposal form, so I also think it makes sense to mirror that in the main
>> session guidelines.  So, I agree with her edits as well.
>>
>> As noted separately, Virat and I will be sending out a new draft of the
>> main Session Guidelines with consolidated comments for MAG approval shortly.
>>
>> Thanks again,
>>
>> Liesyl
>>
>>
>>
>> This email is UNCLASSIFIED.
>>
>>
>> *From:* Igfmaglist [mailto:igfmaglist-bounces at intgovforum.org
>> <igfmaglist-bounces at intgovforum.org>] *On Behalf Of *Moisander Juuso
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:53 AM
>> *To:* THOMAS-RAYNAUD Elizabeth; Bhatia, Virat; Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org
>> *Cc:* igf at unog.ch
>> *Subject:* Re: [IGFmaglist] FINAL REQUEST FOR MAG COMMENTS ON MAIN
>> SESSION GUIDELINES 2016
>>
>>
>>
>> All,
>>
>> I’m supportive to Elizabeth’s edits, especially on C (iv).
>>
>> BR,
>>
>> Juuso
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Igfmaglist [
>> http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=mailto:[email protected]]
>> *On Behalf Of *THOMAS-RAYNAUD Elizabeth
>> *Sent:* 25. toukokuuta 2016 2:41
>> *To:* Bhatia, Virat; Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org
>> *Cc:* igf at unog.ch
>> *Subject:* Re: [IGFmaglist] FINAL REQUEST FOR MAG COMMENTS ON MAIN
>> SESSION GUIDELINES 2016
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear Virat and Liesyl and the team who contributed to this set of
>> guidelines for main sessions.
>>
>> Thank you for the diligent work. This will be a valuable and well
>> appreciated resource.
>>
>> Please see attached a version with a few comments to explain a few
>> suggested edits for consideration to improve clarity/use.
>>
>> Kind regards,
>>
>> Elizabeth
>>
>>
>>
>> *Elizabeth THOMAS-RAYNAUD*
>>
>> International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
>>
>> Project Director, ICC Business Action to Support the Information Society
>> (BASIS)
>>
>> Senior Policy Executive, Digital Economy
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Igfmaglist [
>> http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=mailto:[email protected]]
>> *On Behalf Of *Bhatia, Virat
>> *Sent:* 19 May 2016 18:20
>> *To:* Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org
>> <http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=mailto:[email protected]>
>> *Cc:* igf at unog.ch <http://redirect.state.sbu/?url=mailto:[email protected]>
>> *Subject:* [IGFmaglist] FINAL REQUEST FOR MAG COMMENTS ON MAIN SESSION
>> GUIDELINES 2016
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear Members of the MAG,
>>
>> I could not attend last night’s MAG call as it was past 3:30 am India
>> time. I am informed that a brief discussion on the Main Session Guidelines
>> for 2016, was led by Liesyl Franz, the co-facilitator of the Working Group
>> (WG) on Main Sessions.
>>
>> *WG consultations completed. First round of MAG consultations completed*
>>
>> WG consultations were held between April 27 – May 11, 2016.  Since May
>> 13, 2016, when the Draft Main Session Guidelines 2016, were submitted to
>> the MAG for comments, by the WG, 5 sets of inputs have been received from
>> Juan, Wisdom, Ginger, Sala, Segun (all MAG) and Susan Chalmers (from the
>> Working Group). These comments have been included in appropriate sections
>> of the Draft Main Session Guidelines 2016 (attached herewith).
>>
>> *Final round of MAG consultations till 25th May 2016*
>>
>> In case MAG members would like to provide any last / final comments, they
>> are requested to do so by end-of-business, Wednesday, 25th May 2016.
>>
>> After this week-long, final round of online consultation within the MAG,
>> we aim to finalize and the secretariat can announce the Main Session
>> Guidelines 2016, on 30th May 2016, as per the draft timelines
>> recommended by the WG.  Following this, a call can be placed inviting
>> co-facilitators of Main Sessions to send in their written proposals, as
>> appropriate.
>>
>> For draft timelines between now and IGF 2016, related to various steps in
>> planning and organizing main sessions, please see Part III of the attached
>> Draft Main Session Guidelines 2016.
>>
>> Best regards,
>>
>> Virat Bhatia and Liesyl Franz
>>
>> *Co-facilitators*
>>
>> *WGMS 2016*
>>
>>
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