WSIS+10, Zero Draft, 2nd Preparatory Meeting, October 20-22, 2015

While ICANN 54 is meeting in Dublin and the IANA Transition process has slowed to almost a complete dead STOP awaiting the CCWG-Accountability which appears hopelessly divided over a designator vs sole member model for a new ICANN sans US government oversight, unwilling or unable to move forward, there are other options for the global multistakeholder community a/k/a the global internet community than just a dysfunctional NTIA mandated, ICANN convened process:
"... 35. We reaffirm that the management of the Internet encompasses both technical and public policy issues and should involve all stakeholders and relevant intergovernmental and international organizations. In this respect it is recognized that: Policy authority for Internet-related public policy issues is the sovereign right of States. They have rights and responsibilities for international Internet-related public policy issues...." - WSIS: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society (2005) (emphasis added)
  • October 19 - Informal Interactive WSIS Stakeholder Consultation
  • October 20-22: 2nd Preparatory Meeting 
  • Last week in November - Second Draft
  • Dec 15-16, 2015: High-level meeting, UN General AssemblyWSIS+10 review 

2nd Preparatory Meeting for the UN General Assembly's overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, 20-22 October 2015, ECOSOC Council, UN Headquarters, New York: (coverage may be available at http://webtv.un.org/ )
Tuesday, 20 October 
9:30-10:00 a.m. Opening
10:00 a.m. - 11 :30 a.m. General views on the zero draft
11 :30 - 1 :00 p.m. General views on ICT for Development
3:00 - 4:30 pm General views on Internet Governance
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. General views on Human Rights and Building Confidence and Security in the use of ICTs
Wednesday, 21 October 
10:00 a.m. - 1 :00 p.m. Interactive discussion on ICT for Development
 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Interactive discussion on Internet Governance 
Thursday, 22 October 
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Interactive discussion on Human Rights and Building Confidence and Security in the use of ICTs
3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Plenary review of progress and next steps

Guiding Questions Day 2 - Interactive discussion on Internet Governance:
1. What should the main goals of internet governance be now and in the future?
2. What are the respective roles of governments and non-government stakeholders? How do you view their fulfillment over the last 10 years?
3. How should the concept of Enhanced Cooperation be implemented?

WSIS+10 | United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting | Official Website - http://unpan3.un.org/wsis10/

Zero Draft (pdf): http://workspace.unpan.org/sites/Internet/Documents/UNPAN95383.pdf:
".... 2. Internet Governance 
32. We recognise the general agreement that the governance of the Internet should be open, inclusive, and transparent. We reiterate the working definition of Internet governance set out in paragraph 34 of the Tunis Agenda, as 'the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision making procedures and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet’. 
33. We reaffirm the principles agreed in the Geneva Declaration that the management of the Internet encompasses both technical and public policy issues and should involve all stakeholders and relevant intergovernmental and international organizations, within their respective roles and responsibilities as set out in paragraph 35 of the Tunis Agenda
34. We recognise that there is a need to promote greater participation and engagement of all stakeholders, from developing countries, particularly African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing States in internet governance discussions. 
35. We recognise the principle and importance of net neutrality, and call for its protection accordingly. 
36. We note that a number of member states have called for an international legal framework for internet governance
37. We acknowledge the unique role of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a multistakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues, while taking into account the report of the CSTD Working Group on improvements to the IGF, which was approved by the General Assembly in its resolution and ongoing work to implement the findings of that report. We extend the IGF mandate for another five years with its current mandate as set out in paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society. We recognize that, at the end of this period, progress must be made on Forum outcomes and participation of relevant stakeholders from developing countries ..."

Background: In December of 2003, the world came together in Geneva at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to declare a “common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society.” The second phase of WSIS, conducted in Tunis in 2005. Paragraph 111 of the Tunis Agenda, endorsed by the General Assembly in resolution 60/252 , requested the General Assembly to undertake the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2015. In response, the General Assembly in resolution 68/302 , decided that the overall review will be concluded by a two-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly, to be preceded by an intergovernmental process that also takes into account inputs from all relevant stakeholders of the World Summit on the Information Society. (source: UN)

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