One of the most significant outcomes of the World Summit on Information Society, which took place in Tunis between 16 and 18 November 2005, was the creation of the Internet Governance Forum.
The roles and functions of the Forum are set out in paragraphs 72-79 of the "Tunis Agenda for the Information Society". Briefly, its main purpose will be to discuss a wide range of issues related to Internet Governance, and, where appropriate, to make recommendations to the international community. The working and function of the Forum will be multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent.
Azerbaijan has offered to host the seventh meeting of the IGF in 2011. Steadfast to this commitment, we are now proceeding with all the necessary preparations for the successful organization of such an important event.
72. We ask the UN Secretary-General, in an open and inclusive process, to convene, by the second quarter of 2006, a meeting of the new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue-called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The mandate of the Forum is to:
Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;
Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;
Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters under their purview;
Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities;
Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;
Strengthen and enhance the engagement of stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;
Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;
Contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;
Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;
Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users;