[IGFmaglist] Ideas on IGF reporting and concluding sessions structure

Ben Wallis (CELA) bewallis at microsoft.com
Wed Oct 9 20:26:27 EDT 2019

Thanks Maria Paz. I like your idea of having the Closing sessions mirror the Introductory sessions in terms of break-out groups, sub-themes and policy questions discussed. As well as having that coherence and connecting thread between the two sessions, I’m sure it will help provide some focus and coherence for the reporting and any resulting “messages”.

As you note in your comment in the document, having the same people lead the break-outs in the Concluding Session will depend on their availability.

In terms of the MAG members who have already volunteered to lead break-outs, I’d suggest they’d be listed as break-out leaders for the Concluding Sessions by default, and then just let the leader(s) of their thematic working group know if that won’t work.

Where it will be necessary to seek non-MAG volunteers (e.g. when writing to the organisers of sessions falling under the theme), I’d suggest asking for volunteers who can lead the break-out discussion in both the Introductory and Closing sessions.


From: María Paz Canales <mariapaz at derechosdigitales.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 2:32 PM
To: SUTO Timea <Timea.SUTO at iccwbo.org>; MAG-public <Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org>
Subject: Re: [IGFmaglist] Ideas on IGF reporting and concluding sessions structure

Hello everyone,

I added small contributions on the document on the concluding session format.  I think makes sesnse to mirror the work is being coordinated for the introductory sessions in the closing session. As the same breakout sub-thematic groups will gather to discuss what they learnt, may make sense that the facilitator in the introductory session is the same present in the concluding session and organise the reporting and sharing of the participants again around the answer of the policy questions identified for the introductory session. That way the discussion can have a complete line of development from the introductory to the concluding session, that I believe was the whole purpose of these sessions. What do you think?

Best regards,

  María Paz Canales
  Directora Ejecutiva
  Derechos Digitales
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On Mon, Oct 7, 2019, at 12:53 PM, SUTO Timea wrote:

Dear colleagues,

As promised on our latest MAG call, I am re-circulating attached and below the guidelines Susan, Maria-Paz and I worked on in June for the concluding sessions as well as our initial thoughts on IGF reporting. You can find the same in google docs here (see pages 3 and 4): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tv_ZThCK6MqLdTZqU69mjdXgdkEDH_oRkvin4jvL-mw/edit?usp=sharing

I believe the organizing teams in each track are already using the closing session structure to set up their respective sessions – many thanks again to all for your efforts, and of course looking forward to any and all improvements on this!

The suggestions on IGF reporting came naturally from our thinking on concluding sessions, trying to align as much as possible the concluding sessions and the reporting process. All comments on these initial ideas are more than welcome.

I also set up a separate google doc for comments on this item alone: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vh1xMMWa95PZCe1tHJgztV28g2nniBDSnYb9_OPEBwk/edit?usp=sharing.

If you have difficulty submitting comments online, please feel free to send them to me in track changes to the attached document and I’ll add them online.

Your thoughts and suggestions will be of great help to the ad-hoc group of MAG members working on the reporting process.

With many thanks and kind regards,


From: SUTO Timea <Timea.SUTO at iccwbo.org<mailto:Timea.SUTO at iccwbo.org>>
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 2:25 PM
To: 'Chalmers, Susan' <SChalmers at ntia.gov<mailto:SChalmers at ntia.gov>>; MAG-public <Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org<mailto:Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org>>
Subject: Re: [IGFmaglist] Proposal for Introductory and Conclusory Sessions

Dear Susan, colleagues,

Many thanks for sharing this. I am happy to speak to the concluding session – which in many aspects follows the structure of the introductory session, and will need the help of (the same?) volunteers from the thematic evaluation groups.

Looking forward to speaking soon.



From: Chalmers, Susan <SChalmers at ntia.gov<mailto:SChalmers at ntia.gov>>
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 1:43 AM
To: MAG-public <Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org<mailto:Igfmaglist at intgovforum.org>>
Subject: [IGFmaglist] Proposal for Introductory and Conclusory Sessions

Dear colleagues,


The above link should take you to the latest status of the Introductory and Concluding sessions format and development plan for each of the three themes.

The agenda for our upcoming call includes updates on these sessions. I can speak to the Introductory Sessions plan. In essence we will need volunteers from each of the thematic evaluation groups to play a role in the organization of the session. If you are new to the MAG or haven’t yet engaged in organizational activities, this is an opportunity to do that during your term.

Speak soon,


  *   IGF 2019_suggestions on reporting.docx
  *   IGF 2019_Concluding Sessions Structure.docx

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