The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an open forum that was established by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2006. Since then, it has become the leading global multistakeholder forum on public policy issues related to Internet governance.

The IGF’s United Nations mandate gives it convening power and the authority to serve as a neutral space for all actors on an equal footing. As a space for dialogue, it can identify issues to be addressed by the international community and shape decisions that will be taken in other forums. The IGF can thereby be useful in shaping the international agenda and in preparing the ground for negotiations and decision-making in other institutions.

The IGF serves as a laboratory, a neutral space, where all actors can table an issue. It provides a space for dialogue where interested actors can take up an issue without concern that a decision may be taken against their interests. The IGF has no power of redistribution but has the power of recognition – the power to identify key issues.

Source: Internet Governance Forum

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