The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) has revealed that the Internet Governance is an extremely relevant issue in the international arena. The WSIS formed the Working Group of Internet Governance, which in turn recommended the formation of a forum for the global discussion of Internet-related matters, including public policy matters, a resolution that was adopted by consensus in Tunis. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which is the offspring of the WSIS will hold its first meeting in Athens during the period from October 30th to November 2nd 2006. Thanks to the significant importance of the forum and the event, the UN Secretary General has formed a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group to handle the preparations for the event.
The forum will constitute a convenient platform for countries and regions to express their views. To this end, Africa has remarkably been coordinating its positions, efforts, knowledge, and even resources.
During the training workshop on Internet Governance that took place in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in July 2006, the African Group expressed their wish to meet before Athens in order to share expertise and articulate views upon this issue. The NTRA showed its immediate response and support and accordingly will be organizing and hosting the “African Preparatory Meeting on Internet Governance”. The meeting is scheduled to take place in Cairo from 19 to 21 September 2006.
The meeting is co-sponsored by NTRA and DIPLO foundation. Participants will tackle important IG issues including the themes for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the relevant diplomatic preparations, the main IG instruments as well as the main conceptual approaches, principles and analogies used in the Internet Governance debate.