[IGFmaglist] FOR MAG CONSIDERATION

June Parris parrisjune51 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 11 17:24:47 EDT 2018


Wisdom and All,

I agree to these concerns, especially there is no mention of hotels on the
FranceIGF website. I wonder if this was overlooked. IGF Geneva took all
these things into consideration. Perhaps it is coming at a later date, but
as Wisdom pointed out, with so many participants in France hotels will fill
up fast.

I hope this is resolved soon.

Regards

June Parris

On Mon, 27 Aug 2018 at 20:28, Wisdom Donkor <wisdom.dk at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Chair, MAG Members,
>
>
> 1)As there is no Day Zero when many picked up their badges in the past, how
> will *on site* registration be addressed at the UNESO building so that
> there are not long lines as were in Switzerland? Experience showed that
> having to first pick up badges, and then go through Security delays access
> to an IGF venue.
>
>
>
> 2) How will on site registration be addressed?
>
>
>
> 3)Is it possible to have a badge pick up on Sunday afternoon at UNESCO in
> the afternoon, to reduce the backlog for this on Day 1?
>
>
>
> 4)Experience has shown that many attendees arrive at the venue directly
> from the airport and may have their luggage with them. Is this provided for
> on site, so that it can be stored at the security check in?
>
>
>
> 5) Similarily, many have to leave on the last day, from the venue, and will
> need to bring their luggage to the venue, or would have to leave the IGF a
> few hours early. Given the curtailed timeframe of the meeting, it would be
> helpful to allow attendees to leave their luggage at the venue, and leave
> directly for train/airport.
>
>
>
> *FOOD ON SITE*
>
> 1) what is planned to provide for easy/affordable access for the expected
> 2,000 attendees for lunch? Experience by some who have been at UNESCO
> meetings indicates that there is quite limited options within the venue,
> but leaving the venue to visit local restaurants [within a few blocks] can
> take a full 1.5 hours to allow for time to leave/walk to a
> restaurant/order/wait for food -- usually fairly slow, and then stand in
> long lines to re-enter the building. As most attending are there to network
> and exchange views, will the host sponsor free or affordable choices as
> former hosts have done. An option could be small sandwiches, fruit, etc. at
> a number of places in the venue, so that little time is spent on finding a
> place to purchase an affordable lunch.  An example to look at is how the
> host to ICANN sometimes offer small trays of h'doves, juices, water,
> tea/coffee that are local in nature, so it is not a full meal but can
> refresh the participants.
>
>
>
> *VISA ISSUES/CHALLENGES*:
>
>  Visa policies and acquisition in the developing countries (Africa) is an
> issue and will be a challenge. October, November, December are busy months
> for holidays travelers, am sure most suitable dates have been booked in
> advanced and for this reason, one can not get early appointment for
> interviews and visa.
>
>
> It will be good if the host country can consider the following:
>
> 1. All IGF registered participants should be exempted from visa appointment
> booking. Participant with  registered letters should be permitted to submit
> his or her visa application documents for interview without booking for an
> appointment.
>
> 2. Visa processing time should be reduced
>
>
> *AFFORDABLE HOTELS IN THE PROXIMITY TO UNESCO:*
>
> Attending the IGF 2018 is a wonderful opportunity and as MAG members from
> developing countries, we have funding that is generous and covers all
> costs. However, that is not the case for 90%of the participants that we
> want to attend the IGF.
>
>
>
> Affordable hotels in Paris are either far away from the venue, or not easy
> to find.  And many require pre payment.
>
> Reserving rooms is already "pretty booked" due to the Armistice event and
> the Paris Peace Forum.
>
>
>
> What is the Host Country planning to do to ensure that IGF 2018
> participants can still find affordable housing as most do not have
> subsidized funds, other than the larger entities whether technical or
> business or governments.
>
>
>
> *RECOGNITION: OUT GOING AND PAST MAG MEMBERS*
>
> It is mostly said that organisation that does not recognize it employees is
> not worth dying for. Since i became MAG member two years ago, i have seen
> MAG members leave MAG at the end of their term without notice and any form
> of recognition. I will be glad as part of this years IGF, we consider the
> following:
>
> 1. Out going MAG members be recognize with with a certificate
>
> 2. Past MAG members should be recognize as such and their certificate
> posted to them
>
> 3. Past MAG members should have a page on the IGF website with the period
> for which they served as MAG members.
>
>
>
>
>
> *WISDOM DONKOR (S/N Eng.)*
> *Africa Open Data and Internet Research Foundation (Co-Founder)*
> E-government, Internet Governance & Open Government Data and platforms
> Specialist
> ICANN Fellow / UN IGF MAG Member, ISOC Member,
> Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) Member, Diplo Foundation Member,
> OGP Open Data WG Member, GODAN Member.
> National SDG's data Roadmaps Advisory Board Member, Ghana
> National Secretariat Manager, IT Association of Ghana (ITAG)
> Ghana Energy Data Task-force Member
> Ghana OGP Advisory Committee Member
> Email: wisdom.dk at gmail.com
> Skype: wisdom_dk
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