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Internet Governance Forum

IGF logoThe Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a United Nations-organised event, mandated by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as an open and inclusive forum for multi-stakeholder Internet policy dialogue. It is not a decision-making body, but provides an opportunity for the various Internet stakeholder groups to share information and coordinate their activities.

The first IGF was held in 2006 in Athens, Greece, and it has been held annually since that time in cities around the world. Its initial five-year mandate was renewed in 2011 for a further five years.

The RIPE NCC and the IGF

The RIPE NCC has contributed to each of the IGF events, working with the other RIRs under the umbrella of the Number Resource Organization (NRO). These contributions have included organising workshops, speaking on panels and contributing to discussions on a range of Internet governance topics. Further details on these contributions are available on the NRO website:


The RIRs and their communities have also contributed actively to the discussions regarding the creation and evolution of the IGF, most recently as part of the CSTD Working Group on the IGF.

Executive Secretary of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), German Valdez, is currently a member of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

Regional and National Internet Governance Initiatives

The RIPE NCC supports the development of regional and national Internet governance discussions, based on the same open, multistakeholder approach as the global IGF. These events are a means to ensure broader participation of all stakeholders and to examine specific regional and national perspectives on Internet governance issues.

European Dialogue on Internet Dialogue (EuroDIG)

The European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) is a platform for discussing and sharing European perspectives on Internet governance. It has taken place annually since 2008, and hosts discussions on issues of regional significance, as well as feeding into the global discussions that take place at the Internet Governance Forum

In 2014, the RIPE NCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become a EuroDIG Institutional Partner for a term of three years. During the period, the RIPE NCC will contribute to planning and coordination of the EuroDIG process and events.

EuroDIG 2015 will be held on 4-5 June in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF)

The Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF) was first held in 2012, and serves as an annual forum for discussion of Internet governance issues in an Arab context.

Both Paul Rendek and Hisham Ibrahim have served as members of the Arab IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, which is responsible for planning and coordination of the Arab IGF.

IGF Related News

NRO pledges continued support for IGF

The Number Resource Organization (NRO) has expressed its support for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and pledged to continue its financial and technical support.

RIPE NCC to Host Arab IGF MAG Meeting and Open Consultation

The RIPE NCC and the TRA of the UAE are pleased to be co-hosting an Open Consultation and meeting of the Arab Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (AMAG) in preparation for the second Arab Internet Governance Forum.

Internet Governance and the RIPE NCC: the Year Ahead

Internet governance is an important area of resource investment for the RIPE NCC. This article looks at some of the major Internet discussions taking place in 2013. Under an over-arching goal of ensuring the informed development of public policy relating to the Internet, the RIPE NCC has a number of areas of priority over the coming 12 months.

RIPE NCC Report on IGF 2012
RIPE NCC Participates in First Arab IGF
NRO to Lead Key Internet Infrastructure Discussions at 2011 IGF
NRO to Lead Key Internet Infrastructure Discussions at 2011 IGF

IPv6 Deployment and Internet Governance workshops to highlight importance of multi-stakeholder cooperation

NRO contribution to the IGF February Open Consultation

Suggestions for the IGF 2001 program - An NRO Constribution to the February open consultants (This document only available as a PDF).

IP Addresses Readily Available to Indian Networks

Comments at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) about IPv4 address space not being available to Indian networks are misguided, says Director General of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).

RIPE NCC Awarded Special Status from United Nations