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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

IGF-06 gets final nod on dates, begins accreditation

Remmy Nweke


Following the end of a protracted meeting over the dates for the holding of the inaugural Internet Governance Forum (IGF-06) in Athens, Greece, final dates have now been announced.

This is coming as accreditation has commenced online for the forum.

The latest dates as announced is October 30 through November 2, 2006, therefore settling the dust over the exact dates which have been structure to ensure it did not coincide with any known major public anniversary.

This, according to the Greece Local Organising Committee (LOC), which is now ready to delve into more actions that would boost the hosting of the forum successfully.

The four-day forum is in line with the final commitment at the Tunis phase of the two-phased World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) last November.

It was initially slated for October 24, 25 and 26 as the best available dates which do not present a conflict for the organisation of the IGF meeting in Athens, as at first quarter of this year.

Official website of IGF in Greece, indicated that the resolution came after a long meeting between the LOC made up of Greece Transport and Communications and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Mr. Nitni Desai and the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) led by Dr. Markus Kummer.

The Secretariat of IGF in UN is headed by Dr. Kummer, who also has been the Executive Coordinator of the WGIG Secretariat, established by the Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, at the request of the first phase of the Summit, in Geneva in 2003.

It would be recalled that at the end of two phased summit in Tunis, Greece Communications and Transport Minister, Mr. Michalis Liapis, had offered formally, his nation’s readiness to host the inaugural meeting of IGF this year, for continuous strengthening multi-stakeholder approach regarding administration of the Internet.

This was followed up with several consultative meetings in Geneva and New York.

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