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Dear colleagues,

Following the extension of the nomination period for the MAG, and recognising the need for diversification of the stakeholder presence on the MAG, DiploFoundation made a short call for nominations, encouraging more participants in the IG process to self-nominate to the UN DESA/IGF Secretariat, and to post their information to our community site at www.diplointernetgovernance.org for consideration for endorsement by the Diplo community.

Endorsement of MAG nominees from the DiploFoundation community is based on the following factors:

40% - Results of a short community poll (http://polldaddy.com/poll/5962629/ )

Additional Positive weighting (affirmative action, applying 'reverse' discrimination in an effort to balance preexisting or perceived discriminatory factors -- including subjective qualification)

+ up to 20% - IG experience and informal calculation of competence and experience in IG (including quality and level of engagement in IG policy processes, based on a review by a Diplo internal committee)

+ 10% - Nominees from least developing countries (to encourage participation from LCDs; also a practical reason since many bilateral donors would support participation from LDCs) (using http://www.un.org/esa/policy/devplan/profile/ldc_list.pdf )

+ 10% - Nominees from small island developing states; since Diplo's early days in Malta, support for small island states has been a Diplo development priority; they are under-represented, and highly dependent on the Internet (in part, due to the geographical remoteness) (using http://www.un.org/special-rep/ohrlls/sid/list.htm )

+ 10% - countries not represented on the MAG thus far: it is important to increase geographical diversification; participation on the MAG helps to galvanise institutions and public back home; in this way we can contribute to global engagement and awareness building (using http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/magabout/406-mag-2010 and http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/magabout/58-members)

+ 10% - Support for women in IG processes, in particular, the MAG

The list of endorsements, compiled using these criteria, has been sent to the UN DESA and IGF Secretariat. Endorsed candidates will not represent Diplo in any way. In accordance with our statutes and mission, we are facilitating this process with the aim to build capacity and increase inclusiveness in global policy-making processes.

The complete list of nominees considered for Diplo endorsement (their details are available on the main blog at www.diplointernetgovernance.org):

Adedotun Adewunmi (Rwanda)
Angelic Caroline Alihusain-del Castilho (Suriname)
Avri Doria (US/Israel)
Benson Ncube (Zimbabwe)
Carlos Dionisio Aguirre (Argentina)
Deborah Kulabako (Uganda)
Deirdre Williams (St Lucia/UK)
Devon Roy Blake (Jamaica)
Diolia Graziano (Brazil)
Fatima Cambronero (Argentina)
J.C. Shukla (India)
Jamil Goheer (Pakistan)
Jean Paul Nkurunziza (Burundi)
Judith Ann Okite (Kenya)
Keolebogile Rantsetse (Botswana)
Kolubahzizi Howard (Liberia)
Magaly P. Pazello (Brazil)
Mahesh Dissanayake (Sri Lanka)
Michelle Valerie Longsworth (Belize)
Milkias Belay Beshah (Ethiopia)
Naveed Ul Haq (Pakistan)
Robert Guerra (Canada/Spain)
Robert Kikonyogo (Uganda)
Veronica Cretu (Moldova)
Vladimir Radunovic (Serbia)

Results were very close, and the list included more qualified nominees than expected, so we have increased the number of endorsements from 5 to 8.

The candidates recommended to the UN DESA/IGF Secretariat by the Diplo Community are (in alphabetical order):

Angelic Caroline Alihusain-del Castilho (Suriname)
Avri Doria (US/Israel)
Deborah Kulabako (Uganda)
Deirdre Williams (St Lucia/UK)
Judith Ann Okite (Kenya)
Magaly P. Pazello (Brazil)
Veronica Cretu (Moldova)
Vladimir Radunovic (Serbia)

The calculation spreadsheet is available for review. Please email me for the link if you would like to review it.

Congratulations to everyone who is postulating for the MAG positions, and thanks to everyone who participated in the poll. Remember, even those who are not endorsed by the Diplo Community will still be considered by the Nominating Committee at UN DESA/IGF Secretariat.

Best regards,

Diplo Foundation
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Comment by Bello Usman Jada on September 14, 2012 at 9:52am

Congratulations I wish you all the best. Thank you.


Comment by Siranush Vardanyan on March 5, 2012 at 12:57pm

Congratulations to all candidates. This way of nominating and voting process is one of the transparent and best I have ever seen. Bravo, Diplo community!!!

Comment by Mahesh Dissanayake on March 2, 2012 at 9:28am
Congrat but no body for asia
Comment by Naveed on February 27, 2012 at 6:56am

Congrats to all the final nominees. All the best .. !

Comment by Kulabako Deborah on February 26, 2012 at 10:33am

thanks  everyone for the e-support you have shown me. i will do my best if am endorsed by UN. 

Comment by Deirdre Williams on February 25, 2012 at 1:12pm

Thank you for your support. I am very deeply touched that the Diplo community has such confidence in me. Best wishes to all of the nominees.

Comment by Avri Doria on February 25, 2012 at 4:30am

My thanks to the Diplo community, and to those making the final selection.  If chosen by the UN authorities, I will do my best to serve the interests of the community and will certainly make it a priority to be a connection for the community.

Comment by Angelic Alihusain-del Castilho on February 24, 2012 at 9:37pm
Thank you to all for the support and success to all of us!



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