Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of the Internet Governance

Announcement of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee about the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of the Internet Governance.

President Dilma Rousseff’s speech at the United Nations and the Montevideo Statement1 prompted the opportunity to discuss proposals on a new Internet governance, which became possible by the Brazilian initiative to host the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of the Internet Governance. The meeting is scheduled for 23 and 24 April 2014, in São Paulo/SP, and will be organized in a partnership between and international entities representing the different sectors involved with Internet governance.

The meeting represents an opportunity for government leaders and representatives from different global sectors to discuss proposals about Internet governance and development. The purpose of that meeting is to pursue consensus about universally accepted governance principles and to improve their institutional framework.

The event shall have the participation of governments, civil society, academy, international organisms and entities, as well as technical and business communities.

“We would like to thank the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee for its role organizing that meeting. I genuinely believe that the global Internet community will gather in this truly multistakeholder opportunity with the goal of shaping the future towards the continued prosperity and growth of the Internet”, said Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO at AfriNIC and coordinator of 1Net.

President Rousseff nominated Prof. Virgilio Fernandes Almeida, Coordinator of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and Secretary for Informatics Policies, to coordinate the organization for that meeting.

“The Internet Steering Committee acknowledges the opportunity to discuss new paths for the global Internet governance and appreciates the importance of a multistakeholder meeting for those discussions”, said Professor Virgilio Almeida.

Four committees shall be created in order to warrant the event’s success. The committees will have the support of a shared secretary, which shall help them to conduct their work and to coordinate the communications.

The four meeting committees are:

1. High-Level Multistakeholder Committee: Responsible for conducting the political articulation and fostering the involvement of the international community.

2. Executive Multistakeholder Committee: Responsible for organizing the event, including the agenda discussion and execution, and for the treatment of the proposals from participants and different stakeholders;

3. Logistics and Organizational Committee: Responsible for overseeing every logistic aspect of the meeting;

4. Governmental Advisory Committee: Will stay open to all governments which want to contribute to the meeting.

The meeting will allow face-to-face and remote participation of the global community. Mechanisms and the schedule for receiving inputs of the global community will be established.

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