“But I think you also all acknowledge the need for more international participation in discussions of Internet governance issues. The question is how to achieve this. So let those discussions continue”

Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General







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About the Forum

One of the most significant outcomes of the World Summit on Information Society, which took place  in Tunis between 16 and 18 November 2005, was the birth of the Internet Governance Forum.

The roles and functions of the Forum are set out in paragraphs 72-79 of the “Tunis Agenda for the Information Society” (see: important documents). Briefly, its main purpose will be to discuss a wide range of issues related to Internet Governance, and, where appropriate, to make recommendations to the international community. The working and function of the Forum will be multilateral, multi-stakeholder democratic and transparent.

Greece has offered to host the inaugural meeting of the IGF in 2006. Steadfast to this commitment, we are now proceeding to all the necessary preparations for the successful organization of such an important event (see: Forum preparations)

We therefore call upon all the parties involved, to play their part in the fulfillment of the purposes of the Forum in accordance with the Tunis Agenda.

“The WSIS was not an end but a beginning”

Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary General of ITU and of the WSIS Summit