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IGF mandate is extended for 10 years. Thanks for the valuable information Antonio Medina Gómez

The mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (Internet Governance Forum, IGF) has been extended for another 10 years. The decision was made at the high-level meeting held at the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 16, 2015, as part of the review of the 10 years of implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS ( World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS).

In 2001 the Council of the International Telecommunication Union ITU expert body operating under the United Nations for information technology and communications decided to hold the World Summit on the Information Society in two phases. This decision was ratified by the General Assembly of the United Nations. In addition, the General Assembly recommended that preparations for the Summit take place through an open and inter-governmental preparatory committee that would define the agenda of the Summit, and decide on the modalities of participation of other stakeholders, as well as to finalize the draft documents Declaration of Principles and action Plan. The format of discussions over a UN Summit, allows the free exchange of positions; is governed by the rules of the international body, it is guaranteed access to delegates and participants and the press by the host government and should be recognized rights and freedoms in any place where the conference takes place.

The two phases of WSIS took place in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005. The first was the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action, as the foundation of a society of information reflecting the various interests involved. The second stage, resulted in the monitoring and evaluation of the action plan, which ended in an agenda with objectives to be achieved by 2015. For the summit, although the representation of Governments were recommended at the highest level of participation, also have been invited United Nations bodies and other international organizations, NGOs, private sector, civil society and the press to establish a process that would involve multiple stakeholders


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