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RIPE NCC Attends OECD Ministerial Meeting

Representatives from the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society (ISOC) addressed the ministers and took part in panel sessions in order to encourage the engagement of all stakeholders in the development of the future Internet policy framework.

In addition, the ITC held a forum on 16 June that was designed to be a direct contribution to the ministers' work in three key areas: Creativity, Confidence and Convergence. The ITC also issued the "Memorandum on the Future of the Internet in a Global Economy", urging the ministers to ensure the future of the Internet as a force for continued social and economic development on a global scale. The ITC encouraged the OECD member states to support the development and adoption of emerging technologies and standards to help the evolution of the Internet, particularly through the uptake of IPv6.

The meeting closed with the ministers releasing the "Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy", which expressed the common desire to promote the Internet economy and stimulate sustainable economic growth by working together with the private sector, civil society and the Internet community to secure the networks that underpin the Internet economy. The declaration also stated that the adoption of IPv6 would be encouraged, in particular through timely adoption by governments as well as large private sector users of IPv4 addresses, in view of the ongoing IPv4 depletion.