Open Consultations and Arab Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting in Preparation for the Fifth Arab IGF
ESCWA and the League of Arab States are organizing two preparatory meetings for the Fifth Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF), which are planned to be held from 16 to 19 July 2018 at the UN-House, Beirut, Lebanon, as follows:
16 July 2018: Open Consultations, remotely by WebEx
18-19 July 2018: Arab Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (AMAG) Meeting
The AMAG meeting will be preceded by a joint coordination meeting for the Forum's Executive Bureau for Joint Coordination (EBJC), on 17 July 2018.
These meetings would prepare the programme of the Fifth Arab IGF and are considered the start of a new phase of the Arab IGF process. The meetings come after a two-year review phase (2016-2017) that featured the implementation of the ESCWA-LAS AIGF2020 initiative, which aimed at reviewing the Arab IGF process and has concluded by a Forum Charter and a new issue of the Arab Roadmap for Internet Governance.
Participation in the Open Consultations (16 July) would be remotely through WebEx and is open to the public, including all stakeholders in the Arab Internet governance community and experts who have contributed to the Arab IGF activities since its establishment in 2012. Registration for the one-day Open Consultations can be made through WebEx https://bit.ly/2KXpFce, preferably before Monday 16 July 2018.
The AMAG meeting (18-19 July) would involve the participation of members of the 2015 AMAG and of the Working Groups that contributed to the two-year review phase of the Arab IGF process; and the preceding EBJC joint coordination meeting (17 July) would involve the participation of the representatives ESCWA and League of Arab States, and the Heads of the AMAG, Technical Secretariat, and Technical Cooperation and Roadmap Working Groups.
These meetings are supported by financial contributions from the main partners who contributed to the Third Arab IGF in 2014, namely: OGERO Telecom- Lebanon; the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); the Réseaux IP Europeans Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC); and the Kuwait Information Technology Society (KITS).
Remote participation would be made available to allow for wider reach and access.
For additional information, please check the information note; and kindly send the correspondences and inquiries to the email: ESCWA-ArabIGF@un.org