UN Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Gbenga Sesan to serve on his inaugural Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel.
A spokesman for Mr Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, announced this at a news conference on Tuesday at UN headquarters in New York. He said Mr Guterres established the panel to support and strengthen the IGF, an annual meeting to discuss public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.
“Panel members will address strategic and urgent issues and highlight Forum discussions, as well as possible follow-up actions, to promote greater impact and dissemination of IGF discussions, according to its terms of reference,” stated the UN official.
According to him, the panel consists of five ex-officio members: senior representatives of the current, immediately previous, and immediately upcoming IGF host countries; the chair of the forum’s multistakeholder advisory group, and the secretary-general’s envoy on technology, Amandeep Singh Gill.
The IGF is an outcome of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WISS) in 2005. The first phase was held in Geneva in December 2003.
In the Tunis Agenda, Governments asked the UN Secretary-General to convene a “new forum for policy dialogue” to discuss issues related to key elements of Internet governance.
The forum’s mandate was extended for another 10 years in December 2015, during the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of WISS outcomes.
The 17th edition of the IGF will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2.