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Monday, September 08, 2014

IGF 2014 closes with 3,537 participants


The 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) ended in the city of Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, 5 September 2014 with a total of 3537, both onsite and remotely, reports ITRealms.

Our correspondent also gathered that out of this total, the onsite participants were 2,374 while remote participants recorded 1,163 for the four-day forum.

In addition, ITRealms exclusively learnt that out of the onsite participants figure, Africans were 215, Asia Pacific-423; Eastern Europe – 153; Host country - 706; Latin America and the Caribbean – 158; Western Europe and Others – 714.

Also, the onsite participation by stakeholder group cut across civil society, government, intergovernmental organizations, private sector and technical community.

Whereas the civil society recorded 836, government – 542, intergovernmental organizations –98, private sector -516 and technical community 289.

Meanwhile, ITRealms recalls that there was a High Level Leaders meeting the host country convened a high level session on the topic of capacity building for economic development, which was attended by 21 leaders, government ministers who spoke on this important topic and including the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson.

On NETmundial, participants looked back on the lessons learnt and mapping the road ahead, recalling that this was a follow-up event to the NETmundial in Sao Paulo, held last quarter of 2013.
One of the highlights at the IGF 2014 was the debut of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA) spearheaded by the Internet Society with the objective of achieving a stable and sustainable funding mechanism to contribute to the United Nations IGF Trust Fund and support related activities.


Participants, especially from the African continent held a session to the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, which was a Pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and openness principles in Internet-policy making on the continent, was launched at the 2014 IGF among others.

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