[IGFmaglist] FOR MAG CONSIDERATION
mnuduma at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 11 18:56:36 EDT 2018
Dear All +1 all the points raised by Wisdom.We hope the Host country will provide the answers to all the questions raised.+1 @ June on the number of days to book for hotel.E-see you tomorrow.Mary Uduma
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On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 22:28, June Parris<parrisjune51 at gmail.com> wrote: Hi,
Another thing I want confirmed is if MAG will have a meeting on the 15th
November, since the IGF runs on 12-14 th, this is important when booking
hotels, do we book 12-16 th for 4 days or 11-16 th etc etc
On Tue, 11 Sep 2018 at 17:24, June Parris <parrisjune51 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> 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,
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> and exchange views, will the host sponsor free or affordable choices as
>> former hosts have done. An option could be small sandwiches, fruit, etc.
>> 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
>> booking. Participant with registered letters should be permitted to
>> his or her visa application documents for interview without booking for an
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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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