24 November, 2010

IGF renewal a step closer: text approval on Nov. 30

From Jovan Kurbalija's blog:

The Second Committee of the General Assembly has just negotiated a final version of the draft resolution on the future of the Internet Governance Forum, a reliable source has confirmed.

Our source in New York has also confirmed that unless there are any last-minute interventions by Member States, the Second Committee is expected to adopt the final text on November 30. Although anything is possible, further amendments to the text are ‘highly unlikely’.

Consultations have been taking place on the margins of the General Assembly since November 4, after Yemen – on behalf of the Group of 77 and China – presented a draft resolution entitled ‘Information and communications technology for development’. Once the Second Committee adopts the text, it will then forward its draft text for consideration in the plenary of the General Assembly. The plenary is expected to adopt the resolution without a vote ‘as soon as next week, possibly the week after’ our source confirmed.

The final version also confirmed the very clear distinction between the IGF and enhanced co-operation that are to be pursued by the Secretary-General of the United Nations through two distinct processes.

As for the reference to Critical Internet Resources as ‘public resources that belong to all mankind’, with countries being ‘equally entitled to the management and utilisation of those resources’ (paragraph 23), this has been removed too.

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