The second meeting of the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation on Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet (WGEC), on 26–27 January, was dedicated to discussions on two broad questions
The second meeting of the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation on Public Policy Issues Pertaining to the Internet (WGEC), on 26–27 January, was dedicated to discussions on two broad questions: (1) What are the high-level characteristics of enhanced cooperation? (2) Taking into consideration the work of the previous WGEC and the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, particularly paragraphs 69–71, what kind of recommendations should be considered? Participants focused on the first question and identified a set of high-level characteristics that enhanced cooperation should present, including being transparent, inclusive, result-oriented, and responsive to innovation, and giving consideration to underrepresented groups. There were divergent views on the role of non-governmental stakeholders in the policy process, and on whether new mechanisms are needed. The next meetings are expected to take place in May and October.
The second meeting of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) will be held on 26-27 January, in Geneva, Switzerland.
During the meeting, the group will focus its discussions on the following two questions:
WGEC was establied on the basis of the UN General Assembly Resolution A/70/125 (the outcome document of the review of the ten-year implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society), with the aim to develop recommendations on how to further implement enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, as envisioned in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, taking into consideration the work that has been done on this matter. The resolution also requested the group to decide at the outset of its working methods, and to ensure the full involvment of all relevant stakeholders, taking into account all their views and expertise.
The group, whose composition was announced in May 2016, is expected to report to the 21st session of the CSTD in 2018.
For more information, visit the event webpage.