The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

This is the official Web site of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), run by the IGF Secretariat. Its purpose is to support the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

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IGF 2008

Invitation to the third IGF meeting by Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang. The meeting is to be held in Hyderabad, India, from 3-6 December 2008.

[NEW] Registration is now open.

[NEW] A list of FAQs on the Hyderabad meeting is available here. The list is constantly updated with new information. [updated 02 October 2008]

[NEW] A list of the submitted proposals for workshops and main sessions is available here. [updated 03 October 2008]

A presentation given by the host country, showing the venue and giving information about the city can be viewed here. [ pdf ] [ ppt ]

Multistakeholder Advisory Group

A press release announcing the renewal of the Multistakeholder Advisory group (MAG) was issued on 22 August 2008 and can be viewed here. [ pdf ] [ rtf ] [French-rtf] [French-pdf].

[NEW] A digest of the MAG list discussion is available in the forum section of this Web site.

The Preparatory Process

[NEW] The MAG met on 17-18 September 2008 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. A summary report of the meeting is available. [ pdf ] 
[updated 19 September 2008]

[NEW] The final version of the programme paper for the Hyderabad meeting is available. [rtf] [pdf] [updated 25 September 2008]

The MAG meeting followed a round of open consultations on 16 September 2008.

[NEW] The full transcript of the consultations and the agenda for the meeting are now available. [rtf] [pdf]

[NEW] Webcast for the meetings is also available:


A paper with a timeline referred under Agenda Item 4 is available here.

A live Webcast of the open consultations was made available for remote participants. The archive of the meeting will be made available shortly.

A new revision of the paper on the programme, agenda and format of the Hyderabad meeting reflecting the process so far is available, incorporating comments received by 15 August.
 [ pdf ] [ rtf ]

Contributions submitted as an input into the 16 September consultations are available. [updated 20 August 2008]

A revised list of the submitted proposals for workshops and open forums can be viewed here. More details about the workshops are available.

The Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) held a meeting on 14-15 May, to prepare the Hyderabad meeting. A summary of the meeting is available here.

The meeting followed a second round of open consultations which took place in Geneva on 13 May, as part of the WSIS cluster of events.

The transcript of the proceedings of the 13 May open consultations is available.

The archives of the webcast are also available :

Audio only

The agenda for the meeting is available here.

A paper on the programme agenda and format of the Hyderabad meeting was made available as an input into the open consultations. [updated 08 May 2008]

A discussion thread is also available in the Forum Section.

A first preparatory meeting took place on 26 February. The full transcript of the proceedings is available.

The archive of the open consultation Web cast in English and French can be accessed here. (The VLC player is the recommended player).

The Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) met on 27-28 February 2008 in a closed session. The summary report of its February meeting is available here.

A paper reflecting a synthesis of all contributions for the February 2008 open consultations, received by the stipulated deadline is available.

Renewal of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG)

A press release regarding the renewal of the MAG, was issued by the United Nations Department for Public Information in New York on 30 April 2008.

All relevant stakeholder groups representing governments, private sector and civil society, including the academic and technical communities were invited to make proposals for new members. The deadline for these proposals was 21 May 2008. An announcement of the new MAG will be made in due course.

IGF 2007

The second meeting of the IGF was held in Rio de Janeiro on 12-15 November 2007.

The Chairman's summary of the meeting is available.

Transcripts of the following main sessions are available:


12 November
13 November
14 November
15 November


The schedule for the Rio de Janeiro meeting is available here. A printable version is also available.

All organizers of workshops, best practice forums, open forums and dynamic coalition meetings are invited to upload reports of their meeting using the web interface they used to provide their session information. (In case of technical difficulties they may contact the IGF Secretariat at  

Submitted event reports can be viewed here.

All the main sessions were video cast and all other sessions were audio cast. All web casts will be made available on the IGF web site in due course.

Some of the statements and interventions that were made during the various sessions can be read here.

A provisional list of registered participants for the meeting can be viewed here.

The breakdown of attendance by region and stakeholder group is available. 


The final version of a synthesis paper that summarizes the content of contributions received as well as the discussions of the open consultations is now available in all UN languages:

[عربي] [中文][English] [Français] [Русский] [Español].

IGF Meetings 2009 - 2010

The Government of Egypt offered to host the 2009 IGF meeting, while the Governments of Lithuania and Azerbaijan have made a bid for the 2010 meeting.

This Web site was last updated on 3 October, 2008

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