* IGF Ideology* The Purpose of IGF* The Aim of IGF* Additional Information
The Internet Governance forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue on public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance. The IGF was mandated by paragraphs 72 and 80 of the Tunis Agenda on the Information Society adopted during the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The United Nations Secretary-General formally announced the establishment of the IGF in July 2006 and the first meeting was convened in Athens, Greece, from 30 October to 2 November 2006.The purpose of the IGF is to maximize the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of ideas on Internet governance (IG) related issues; create opportunities to share best practices and experiences; identify emerging issues and bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public. IGF contributes also to capacity building for Internet governance.The main aim of the IGF is to facilitate inclusive, productive discussions on Internet related public policy issues from a general perspective, while keeping all stakeholders involved. This includes having a harmonized and consistent approach when covering IG issues.The IGF welcomes organizations and individuals from diverse relevant expertise and geographical areas around the world. The meeting is open to all World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) accredited entities, as well as other institutions and individuals with proven expertise and experience in matters related to Internet Governance.
It is to be noted that IGF was put in place initially for a five years duration (2006-2010) extended for another five years covering the period (2011-2015), then in 2015 for another 10 years