The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual event organised under the auspices of the United Nations and mandated by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as an open and inclusive forum for multistakeholder 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, and then again in 2015 (as part of the WSIS+10 process) for another 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, 26 January 2021, the RIPE NCC held a virtual Roundtable Meeting for government representatives and regulators in Europe.
The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), in collaboration with the Communications and Information Technology Authority in Kuwait (CITRA), successfully organised the 4th edition of the RIPE NCC Government Roundtable dedicated to Arab ICT Ministries and regulators in the Middle East region on Tuesday 15 December, which was held virtually under the theme, “Cooperation for better connectivity”.
On Monday, 7 December 2020, the RIPE NCC together with ICANN, held an online meeting for governments representatives and regulators from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
On 6 February, 2020, the RIPE NCC joined a partnership with the Council of Europe to develop recommendations for its member states on the development, use and regulation of digital technologies. The Council of Europe’s mission is to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law online.
On Monday, 27 January 2020, the RIPE NCC held a Roundtable Meeting for government representatives and regulators in Brussels, Belgium.
On Tuesday, 29 January 2019, the RIPE NCC held a Roundtable Meeting for government representatives and regulators in Brussels, Belgium.