The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder forum that enables policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. It brings together all stakeholders in the Internet governance debate, including governments, the private sector, and civil society - including the technical and academic communities - on an equal basis and through an open and inclusive process.
The establishment of the IGF was formally announced by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2006. It was first convened in October–November 2006 and has held an annual meeting every year since then.
The 2016 IGF with a theme of "Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth" is tentatively scheduled to take place from 6-9 December 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 2016 program and intersessional activities are being developed bottom-up in consultation with the growing IGF multistakeholder community, with an aim to enhance the participation of stakeholders from developing countries, youth, and those joining the IGF online/virtually.
In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the progress of the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) at the overall review of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). As part of the outcome of WSIS+10, the General Assembly acknowledged the role of IGF as a multistakeholder platform for discussion of Internet governance issues and decided to extend for another 10 years the existing mandate of the IGF. IGF work moving forward will also support the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which relate to the Internet and ICTs.
Source: Internet Governance Forum