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Wednesday, November 11 • 09:00 - 12:30
Internet Economy and Sustainable Development

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IGF Day 2 - 10 November 2015 - 9:00-12:30


Please check the paper « the internet and Sustainable Development » by Constance Bommelaer, ISOC and the article « Development Digital Divide » by Carl Bildt, Sweden former foreign minister. Please also check « Transforming our World : the 2030 agenda for sustainable development »  from the UN, we have also “Ericsson & Earth Institute: Information Technology key to achieving new UN Sustainable Development Goals” as a good practice. We have from a visionary perspective “Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the challenges ahead?” by European Strategy and Policy Analysis System & also “the Global Risks 2015” from the WEF.

The new post-2015 UN Development Agenda builds on the millennium development goals, eight anti- poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. While tremendous progress has been exhibited via MDGs, including the value of bringing together a diverse agenda by establishing goals and targets, there is further scope for improvement.  The UN Member States are in the process of finalizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) as a part of the new Agenda to achieve the unfinished objectives, and to do so by 2030.

The session will include discussions on the following :


·   The Vision toward 2030 :

o   Sustainable Development long term opportunities and challenges

·   Internet Economy & Internet Role in Delivering the SDGs (Key opportunities & key Success Factors)

o   Human Capital

a.     Internet Entrepreneurship-

b.     Equality-

c.      ICT Capacity building-

o   Applications

d.     Right to Health, Education, timely Justice, environment protection, society engagement-

e. Access to Information-

f.   Availability of Local Content Online-

g.     Intellectual Property Right-

o   Access and Infrastructure

Internet Availability and Affordability:

o   Policy and Regulatory Support and Business eco-system

To enable Access, Applications and Content development and usage, Entrepreneurship and Capacity building.

·   Aligning the next phase of IGF with the SDGs /Post 2015 UN Develpment Agenda:

o   Optimizing Eco System and Multistakeholder approach




The discussions at the IGF session should reflect the importance of Internet Economy enabling policies and eco-system for the fulfillment of different SDGs.


This would be a U Shape round table.

The main session would be split into 3 main topics as per the above :

-    Setting the scene (10 mins from moderator and Chairperson)

-       Global Vision (30 mins followed by 15 minutes audience participation)

-       Internet Role and Economy challenges and successes delivering SDGs. (60 mins followed by 15 minutes audience participation)

-    How the IGF and other IG organizations/efforts might better support the SDGs; Recommendations (40 mins followed by 15 minutes audience participation, followed by 5 minutes Organizers’ summary)


Policy Questions (Suggestions:


·   How do we foresee the Information society in 2030 & how it may be different that 2015?


·   What are the obstacles for Internet entrepreneurship?

·   What are the barriers for obtaining equality through the Internet?

·   How ICT capacity building is better delivered?

·   What are the best way improve health, education, timely Justice, environment protection, society engagement with the help of the Internet?

·   What are the hurdles to obtaining access to meaningful information from the Internet?

·   What are the barriers to increase the access for the non-connected?


·   Are there best practices for the above challenges?


·   What regulatory and policy issues needs to be addressed to improve the Eco-System?


·   IGF post 2015, Multistakeholderism and supporting the delivery of the SDGs


  • Investing in human capital: How to ensure investment in ICT oriented human capital from marginalized communities to young entrepreneurs within a healthy eco-system?

  • Availability of local applications and content: In many countries technology is coming from outside and the applications and content provided might not be localized to the local need or available in local language. Problems range from integrating the local languages into the system, and updating the contents posted on websites, to customized applications catering for local needs. The lack of suitable regulation, and investments eco-system can hinder innovation in content creation and application development. What best ways to promote creation of locally relevant content and applications?

  • Intellectual Property Rights: how can we raise awareness about the importance of protecting IPR for both international and local applications and content, and how can we balance between IPR policies and increased availability and affordability.

·   Of the 17 SDGs, where can Internet based technologies make maximum contribution to ensure rapid achievement of objectives?

·   Implementing Sustainable Development: are we identifying synergies between the SDGs and WSIS Action Lines and practical measures to support their implementation?

Host Country Chair: Mr. Henrique Faulhaber, Director and Founder of Calandra Solutions, Advisor of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee



·       Nermine Elsaadany (Under-Secretary for international Relations - MCIT, Egypt)

·      Joseph Alhadeff (Chair – ICC, Digital Economy Commission & VP Oracle)




  1. Intergovernmental:

·      Mr. Lenni Montiel; Assistant-Secretary-General for Development – United Nations;

·      Mr. Gary Fowlie; Head of Member State Relations & Intergovernmental Organizations - ITU

·      Ms Lydia Brito; Director of the Office in Montevideo - UNESCO

·      Ms. Michele Woods; Director, Copyright Law Division - WIPO

·      NAME TBD, Director, OECD


  1. Government: (expected 4)

·      H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communication & Information Technology - Indonesia

·      H.E. Junaid Ahmed Palak- Information and Communication Technology Minister of Bangladesh

·      Ambassador Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Coordinator for International and Communications Policy at the U.S. Department of State  - U.S.


  1. Private Sector (3)

·      Sergio Quiroga da Cunha, Head of Latin America, Ericsson

·      Jimson Olufuye, Chairman – Africa ICT Alliance (AfICTA)

·      Silvia Rabello, President - Rio Film Trade Association


  1. Civil Society (2):

·      Sunil Abraham; Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society -Bangalore-

·      Helani Galpaya; CEO LIRNEasia, an ICT policy and regulation think tank active across emerging Asia and the Pacific.  

·      Mrs. Sally Metwaly- Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs, Misr Elkheir Foundation (possible remote participation)

  1. Technical Community & Academia (2):

·   Jari Arkko; Chairman – IETF

·   Raúl L. Katz; Adjunct Professor, Division of Finance and Economics, Columbia Institute of Tele-information


Remote moderator/Plan for online interaction:


Ø  Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud; Project Director - BASIS

Also we have two volunteering rapporteurs:

o   Subi Chaturvedi; Founder & Hon. Managing Trustee - Media For Change

o   Ellen Blackler; Vice president – Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company


‘Feeder’ workshops (if applicable) and/or connections with other sessions:

(Workshops related to this Session take place after and thus benefit from this session)

Desired results/output:

·      Identifying challenges to internet economy and ICT enabling SDGs

·      Identifying best practices & successful policies enabling SDGs through Internet.

·      Highlight the importance of the Internet role to sustainable development.

·      Identify how IGF post 2015 would support the SDGs


Brief on Linking the session to SDGs / IGF:

Those directly relating to “Internet Economy” and “Enablement” within the 17 SDGs are:

Ø  Internet Economy related:

o   SDG No. 8:  Good Jobs and Economic Growth (promote, sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.)

o   SDG No.9:  Innovation and infrastructure  (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation)

o   No.11:  Sustainable Communities and Cities (Makes cities and settlements safe, resilient and sustainable)

o   SDG No.17:  Partnership for the Goals  (Strengthen the means of communication and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development)

Ø  Enablement related:

o   SDG No. 4: Quality Education (ensure equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all)

o   SDG No. 5:  Gender Equality (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)

o   SDG No.10: Reduce Inequalities  (reduce inequality within and amongst countries)

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Wednesday November 11, 2015 09:00 - 12:30 GMT-03
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