In support of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development this year’s main sessions focus on:
One main session will be dedicated to the work of national and regional Internet governance initiatives (NRIs). As WU Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs noted in his invitation, "The rapid growth of national and regional IGFs strengthens the global IGF, as it allows us to learn more about local perspectives on Internet Governance and develop comprehensive policy discussions.“
In Europe we can find the world's greatest variety of NRIs. In more than 20 European States there are IG debates taking place regularly, complemented by 2 regional fora - the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) and the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) - that are connecting stakeholders across borders.
There is an increasing interest towards one stakeholder group, which is the youth. And because it is so important to engage with the next generation of Internet users many initiatives reach out to include young people. Programmes like the Youth IGF YOUthDIG or the SEEDIG Youth School offer opportunities for peer learning and meaningful participation, but also on the national level there is great encouragement to give a voice to the youth and invite them to participate equally in the debate.
Julie Ward MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member
Michal Boni MEP and EIF Steering Committee Member - Head of the European Parliament Delegation to the Internet Governance Forum 2017
Dominique Lazanski, Public Policy Director, GSMA and MAG member
Yuliya Morenets, Board Chair, TaC- Together against Cybercrime
Pearse O'Donohue, acting Director for Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission