The 12th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is scheduled to take place on 18-21 December 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.
As in previous years, the IGF meeting will include a large number of workshops, open forums, dynamic coalition meetings, and other events that will give participants the opportunity to engage in open discussions on various Internet governance issues. Several main sessions will also be part of the programme, on topics that will be decided by the Multistakeholder Advisory Group, in consultation with the broader IGF community. The outputs of the IGF 2017 inter-sessional activities will also be discussed at the meeting. In addition, national and regional IGF initiatives will share experiences and discuss about their specificities, challenges, and plans for the future.
In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the remarkable progress of the Internet and information and communication technologies at the overall review of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). As part of the outcome of WSIS+10, the General Assembly acknowledged the role of the IGF as a multistakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues and decided to extend for another 10 years the existing mandate of the IGF. IGF work moving forward will also support the global effort to achieve the SDGs, many of which relate in one way or another to the Internet and information and communication technologies.
More information on the IGF 2017 meeting will be made available on the IGF website.