From the outset of Internet Governance Forum, UNESCO has been active contributor to that process with the conviction that Internet governance should be developed based on a bottom-up and multistakeholder participative approach. Key elements of UNESCO’s Constitution, such as its mandate to promote “the free flow of ideas by word and image” and to “maintain, increase and spread knowledge” are in fact linked to the broader policy debate on Internet Governance.
This session will highlight and report on some of the action UNESCO took as a follow-up to the most recent IGFs. This includes a conference “Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation” (Sept. 2012) co-organized with academia and the private sector, but also most recent work on multilingualism with ICANN.
In addition, UNESCO will outline what participants can expect and how they can contribute and participate in UNESCO’s Internet special event, which will focus on following four themes: freedom of expression, ethics, multilingualism and local content. It will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, France on 26 February 2013 at the occasion of the first multistakeholder WSIS+10 review meeting. The WSIS+10 review event will attract many IGF participants, also because it will be hold back-to-back with the February 2013 IGF Open consultations and MAG meetings (hold this time in UNESCO Paris, from 28 Feb.-1 March 2013).