[Wg-mwp] Suggestion on IGF major intersessional policy program

Markus Kummer kummer.markus at gmail.com
Mon Dec 4 11:57:46 EST 2017

Dear Flavio, all,

Thank you for getting this discussion started. To begin with, I would like to give a brief reminder of how the intersessional policy programme got started. We launched it as a third track of intersessional work, besides the DCs and BPFs. By now the NRIs are in the process of establishing themselves as a 4th track.

Your suggestion, that is to ask the MAG whether to continue CENB or selecting another theme, makes much sense. However, going ahead with two  themes in parallel would not be resource neutral - it would need additional Secretariat support. Before considering this option, it would need a careful analysis whether the Secretariat would be able to support two parallel themes adequately.

Lastly, allow me alto make the point I raised on the call in the form of a question: should the identification of new themes not better be made by the broader community instead of by this small group? Are not the DCs, BPFs and NRIs better placed to do so?

Best regards

> On 3 Dec 2017, at 23:17, Flávio Rech Wagner <flavio at inf.ufrgs.br> wrote:
> Dear colleagues of the WG-MWP
> Following our meeting from last Wednesday, please find below a proposal of a contribution our WG could extend to the MAG regarding the major intersessional policy program.
> The MAG launched in 2015 a major intersessional policy program addressing the theme "Connecting the Next Billion", as a community-driven process that is facilitated a MAG member, with support from the IGF Secretariat. In 2016 and 2017, the program has been extended and continued as "Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s)". It is up to the MAG to decide on the continuation of this program. 
> In the first meeting of our WG, while reviewing our charter, following opportunities (among others) have been identified as part of the contributions our WG could address:
> d.       Early identification of key themes could be useful also for the selection of new major policy questions to be addressed by dedicated working groups during the intersessional work, supporting increased collaboration inside and outside of the IGF ecosystem, such as the Connecting and           Enabling the Next Billion(s) (CENB)
> k.       In support of several points above, the MAG could identify relevant societal (social, economic, ..) themes that are not yet adequately addressed by the IGF, which would increase the IGF’s relevance and usefulness for other communities and entities, which could become new IGF partners.
> From the above considerations, our WG could propose to the MAG two possible lines of action:
> 1) Extend the CENB for one or more years, considering that there are very relevant and timely issues still to be addressed in this regard under the umbrella of the IGF. This extension should be done, of course, in close consultation with the team that is responsible for this effort.
> 2) Choose another relevant, broad policy issue for the intersessional policy program. This new major policy work could be used also to increase IGF's relevance and usefulness for other communities that are not well represented at the IGF.
> Please notice that points 1 and 2 above are not mutually exclusive. The MAG could choose to continue the CENB effort, but in parallel launch a new major policy program.
> Our WG could identify broad themes to be addressed as a new major intersessional policy program and offer these themes as suggestions to the MAG. If you think this is an appropriate contribution from our WG, we could start collecting initial ideas regarding potential themes.
> I'm looking forward to your comments and suggestions.
> Best regards
> Flavio
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