The IGF and Enhanced Cooperation: Parallel Tracks or Connected

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

IGF & The Future of the Internet Ecosystem


The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and Enhanced Cooperation has been introduced in the Tunis Agenda as two parallel tracks to address public policy issues related to Internet Governance (IG). While the IGF was set to be multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic, transparent and non-binding process; Enhanced Cooperation was focused on enabling governments to carry out their roles and responsibilities, in international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet but not in the day-to-day technical and operational matters.

While the IGF role is clearly defined in its mandate, there is no clear framework yet for Enhance Cooperation as a process. Both Processes address in their respective role (or mandate) IG Public Policies. One fact that we know by today is that successful IG Public Policies are the ones that are developed within a multistakeholder open balanced approach which became a trend on global, regional and national levels.

The workshop would address the following questions:

1. Can we view the IGF and Enhanced Cooperation as two linked processes since they both address IG public policies or they should remain and two independent tracks.

2. If the IGF is a non-binding and non-outcome policy dialogue platform, can Enhanced Cooperation serve as an outcome for this policy dialogue that can reflect multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent process.

3. In light of the two previous question, what should be a workable framework for enhanced cooperation that will enable governments to carry its role related to IG public policy.

Workshop Agenda:

Mr. Qusai AlShatti - Background on Workshop Topic & Panelists Introduction - 5 min
Miss Désirée Miloshevic - Multistakeholder Engagement in Enhanced Cooperation process -5 min.
Mr. Ayman El-Sherbiny -The Role on Intergovernmental organizations in Enhanced Cooperation - 5 min.
Mr. Peter Major - Role and Ourcome of the Workgroup on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) - 5 min.
Mr. Mohammed AlQurashi - Enhanced Cooperation as a Process for Governments - 5 min.
Mr. Carlos A. Afonso - The View of Civil Society on the Enhanced Cooperation Process - 5 min.
Mr. Faycal Bayouli - Tunisia Experience in Enhanced Cooperation and the WGEC - 5 min.
Ms. Marilyn Cade - The View of The Private Sector on the Enhanced Cooperation Process - 5 min.
Workshop Participants, panelists and Remote Participants - Interactive Discussion - 40 min.
Workshop moderator and Panelists - Summary & Closing Remarks - 10 min.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

- Mr. Ayman El-Sherbiny,
International Organization
UN ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon
Arab IGF Umbrella Organization and Executive Bureau

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Report was frowarded to IGF Secretariat according to the set deadline.

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 Mins

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Multistakeholder #Enhanced_Cooperation #Public_Policy #IGF

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

- Mr. Ayman El-Sherbiny (Confirmed)
International Organization
UN ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon
Arab IGF Umbrella Organization and Executive Bureau

- Miss Désirée Miloshevic (Confirmed)
ISOC, Technical Community

- Mr. Peter Major (Confirmed)
Chair of WGEC,
Special Adviser, Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations
Office at Geneva

- Mr. Mohammed AlQurashi (Confirmed)
Communication And Information Technology Commission,
Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia - Government

- Mr. Faycal Bayouli (Confirmed)
Director, Bureau of International Cooperation and External Relations
Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies
Republic of Tunisia - Government

- Mr. Carlos A. Afonso (Confirmed)
Executive Director, NUPEF Institute,
Civil Society

- Ms. Marilyn Cade (Confirmed)
Principal and CEO of ICT Strategies,
mCADE llc,
Private Sector

Name of Moderator(s)

Qusai AlShatti

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Mr. Bernard Sadaka

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The Workshop will start by the moderator giving a background on the workshop topic. Then each panelist will make an intervention for 5 mins. The floor will be open to all participants either to address the workshop issues or address a question to one of the panelists. The workshop is aimed to trigger and initiate a discussion on its three questions in an interactive approach between the panelists and the audience.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Mr. Bernard Sadaka – Remote Moderator

Background paper

No background paper provided

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