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Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) - PrepCom-1(Hammamet, Tunisia, 24 - 26 June 2004)

Markus Kummer, Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)

jeudi 31 mars 2005, par Collecte CND R.L

This PrepCom offers a welcome opportunity to explain the state of play as regards the work on Internet governance and to interact with governments and all stakeholders and receive their inputs.

This kind of interaction is an essential ingredient of the mandate of the WGIG : the process will need to be “open and inclusive” and ensure “the full and active participation of governments, the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries". It will be a challenge to live up to these standards, but we are committed to upholding these principles.

The way ahead is short - not much more than a year - and expectations are understandably high. All actors are impatient to get started.

Before looking at the way ahead, however, it may be useful to examine the parameters set by the Geneva phase of the WSIS and to remind ourselves from where we have come.

There are many delegates in this room who took part in the final phase of the negotiations on Internet governance in Geneva and I welcome their contributions to our discussions and their interpretations of what happened and of what are the results of our negotiations.

It is essential that we share a common understanding of these parameters at the beginning of this process.

As we all know, the first phase of the WSIS in Geneva decided to start a broad-based multilateral process on Internet governance.

To this end it requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations to set up a Working Group with the task “to investigate and make proposals for action, as appropriate, on the governance of Internet”. The Working Group is to report to the second phase of the Summit in Tunis in November 2005.

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