Internet Governance Forum: getting prepared for the next meeting

The Government of Brazil will host in Rio de Janeiro on 12 – 15 November 2007 the second Internet Governance Forum meeting. The IGF website – aimed at supporting the consultative process on the convening of the IGF and provides an interactive collaborative space where all stakeholders can air their views and exchange ideas – publiced a new announcement, as follows.

Preparing for the Second Meeting of the IGF

A draft programme outline and meeting schedule for the Rio de Janeiro Meeting are available for comment.

The documents aim to provide an input into the open round of consultations on 23 May 2007 to discuss programme and agenda for the second meeting of the IGF in Rio de Janeiro. The programme outline will be revised in light of comments received. Comments submitted to the IGF Secretariat ( or posted in our online discussion section by 17 May 2007 will be reflected in a revised version.

Open Consultations

The second round of consultations will be part of a cluster of WSIS related events which will take place in Geneva from 15-25 May, 2007. All entities involved agreed to pool resources to smooth the logistics and the ITU offered to take care of registration. All stakeholders interested in attending are invited to register online now.

The meeting will be held at the ITU Tower, Room C. There will be interpretation into all six UN languages and real-time transcription.

Contributions: Stakeholders are invited to send in contributions, as an input into these consultations to : or post their comments in our online discussion section. Contributions and discussion posts received by 14 May, 2007 will be reflected in a synthesis paper summarizing the input received. The paper will be made available on this Web site prior to the consultations.

As a first step for preparing the Rio de Janeiro meeting a stock taking session took place on 13 February 2007. The full transcript of the meeting is available for download and the Chairman’s closing remarks can be downloaded separately for easy access. The Web cast of the session can be accessed here and a list of participants can be viewed here.

Inaugural Meeting of the IGF

The Inaugural Meeting of the IGF took place in Athens, Greece from 30 October – 2 November. More details about the meeting are available here.

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