Most of the regional representatives were sharing their third year experience in organising and participating in the regional forums, the challenges and possible way forward....what link do they have with the regional forum.
a) East Africa- the EA-IGF, does not particularly follow the global IGF programme , but rather allow the national IGF's to identify the issues at the national level, which are discussed and possible solution raised.
b) Latin American and Caribbean - the discussions have mirrored the Global IGF programme and have been used as preparatory meeting towards the global IGF.
c) Asia Pacific- this year was the first time to hold a regional event, despite the fact that the third global forum was held in Hyderabad, India. the Asia Pacific- forum is more of a top bottom approach, due to the authoritarian culture, but we know that this will change. The event followed the global pro gramme, it was a two day event, with day one having a roundtable discussion and day two the youth IGF camp. the Youth IGF camp did not follow the IGF program, per say...but it was an agnda that the youth developed themselves and it took a multi-stakeholder kind of approach.
d) the Arab regional events have mainly focused on preparations to the global IGF. These meetings have been participating in putting a lot of policies and a lot of and technical issues and identifying problems about the use of Arab script in domain names, but now want to focus on other internet issues within the Arab region.
e) Europe- Parliament support the continuation and development of all the IGF model on a global, regional of course the National level. The multistakeholder vision to have all people involved, from Government and academic, from the civil society, business and enterprises.
issues that are being discussed are : net neutrality, deployment of the IPv6 and the new generic TLD . pro-gramme.
f) West Africa- the WA-IGF, did not really particularly follow the the Global programm,but rather tried to align itself and discuss on the milestones and challenges that have been made.
it took a Multistakeholder, bottom up approach and the issues vary from the Africa image online to Accessibility, Capacity building and inclusion of all the stakeholders in the process starting from the grassroot.
g) Commonwealth- the region did not hold an IGF this year, but has been focusing on educating users on the contents of the intent and how it works, the other trainings/capacity building is being done in the areas of child online protection and data security.
•the Caribbean, must be included as they have been holding their regional events and would love to share its experiences.
•the regional forums must work together to share experiences and resources should be set aside in the preparations of the regional events to include this.
should these regional forums have a set mandate after which their tasks/objectives.goals are reviewwed?
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