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In Geneva, Switzerland, from 17 to 21 December 2017

UNESCO advocates Internet freedom and Internet Universality at the Internet Governance Forum

The twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17 to 21 December 2017, on the theme, Shape Your Digital Future! (link is external) The IGF is a global multistakeholder forum that promotes discussions and dialogue about public policy issues related to the Internet. It was convened for the first time in 2006 by the United Nations Secretary-General. This year, six main sessions and 80 workshops are included in the IGF (link is external) program

During this event, a UNESCO delegation headed by ADG CI will convene 4 sessions on Internet Universality indicators, multistakeholder practices in Internet governance, artificial intelligence and big data and world trends in freedom of expression and media development. Several bilateral meetings are also organized with key stakeholders.

UNESCO Pre-event (17/12/2017 at 1PM): Towards Meaningful Multistakeholder Mechanisms in Internet Governance(link is external)

UNESCO takes this occasion to present a comprehensive study which was commissioned to achieve better understanding of the ways in which multistakeholder participation mechanisms have evolved since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) more than ten years ago. The session will welcome diverse actors and stakeholders that have been and remain involved in multistakeholder processes to compare and analyze their experiences as cited in the report.

UNESCO Workshop (20/12/2017 at 11:50 AM): Multi-stakeholder consultation on defining Internet Universality indicators to support 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda(link is external)

UNESCO takes the occasion to present its first draft of “Internet Universality Indicators” and engage with global stakeholders for their inputs and contributions. This is a kick-off of UNESCO’s phase 2 global consultation to develop a set of Internet Universality Indicators.

UNESCO Open Forum (21/12/2017 at 9AM): Exploring implications of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for building inclusive Knowledge Societies and achieving SDGs(link is external) 

UNESCO organizes this Open Forum to trigger debates and reflections on the human rights and other implications of big data and Artificial Intelligence on building inclusive knowledge societies and achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

UNESCO workshop (21/12/2017 at 10:20 AM): World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development(link is external)

This session will provide a platform for discussion and building on the findings of the 2017/2018 report of UNESCO's flagship series on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development. The World Trends Report explores recent developments at the global and regional levels in media freedom, pluralism, independence, and safety, each examined through a gender-sensitive lens and with special attention given to transnational and digital media.

All these sessions of IGF will be live streamed, accessible to all at the link: is external)

UNESCO leaflet of its activities is downloadable at this link.

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