[menog] [ISOC] New Association Launched to Support the Internet Governance Forum and its Essential Role in Addressing Internet Governance Issues

Fahd Batayneh fahd.batayneh at icann.org
Mon Sep 1 19:31:33 UTC 2014



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01 September 2014


Internet Governance Forum Support Association opens on eve of ninth annual


[Istanbul, Turkey] – The Internet Governance Forum Support Association was
officially launched today at its inaugural General Assembly meeting in
Istanbul. The IGF Support Association will support the United Nations
Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which brings people together from all
stakeholder groups, and provides valuable opportunities for discussions on
issues relating to the Internet and its future.


The launch of the IGF Support Association was held on the eve of the ninth
annual IGF in Istanbul, where governments, civil society, the private sector
and the technical community have convened to discuss best practice
approaches to the global development of the Internet. The IGF offers an
informal setting, free from binding negotiations, for productive work
towards effective Internet policy solutions.  The IGF Support Association
will contribute to the United Nations IGF Trust Fund and support activities
such as Internet governance-related capacity building in developing
countries, national and regional IGF initiatives, and fellowships for
participation in IGF meetings at national, regional and global levels.


The establishment of the IGF Support Association is an initiative of the
Internet Society
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supporting the global IGF, as well as the national and regional IGF
initiatives. It was created to:


·         provide funds to maintain and strengthen the IGF Secretariat and
national and regional IGF initiatives;

·         seek and promote exchange and collaboration with national and
regional IGF initiatives;

·         identify new sources of funding and facilitate funding of the IGF;

·         make contributions to the IGF Trust Fund administered by the
United Nations; and

·         award fellowships for participation at IGF meetings, including
preparatory meetings.


“The collaboration that occurs at the IGF is extremely important to all of
us who are committed to an open, thriving, and accessible Internet,” noted
Markus Kummer, Internet Society Senior Vice President. “It is essential that
we have a robust and sustainable income stream for the IGF to continue its
growth and progress.”


During the IGF Support Association General Assembly, the following
individuals were elected to the Executive Committee:


·         Raúl Echeberría, Internet Society

·         Virat Bhatia, AT&T

·         Subi Chaturvedi, Media For Change

·         Marilyn Cade, mCADE

·         Cheryl Miller, Verizon

·         Avri Doria, Independent Researcher

·         Edmon Chung, DotAsia

·         Tarek Kamel, ICANN

·         Alice Munyua, CATIA

·         Chengetai Masango,  IGF Secretariat (Non-voting member of


Raúl Echeberría, newly elected Chair of the IGF Support Association
Executive Committee, commented, “The IGF has proven to be a remarkably
successful forum, yet continues to face challenges of underfunding.  The IGF
Support Association will work to remedy this and will serve as a vital
channel for funding from individuals, companies and foundations to help
ensure the IGF remains the primary event for everyone interested in the
Internet and its governance. We are very proud to launch this new


The IGF Support Association is based in Geneva, Switzerland and is now
accepting members and donations. For more information, visit



About the Internet Governance Forum Support Association


The Internet Governance Forum Support Association is set up to support the
United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  The goal of the IGF Support
Association is to provide stable and sustainable support for the IGF
Secretariat and to fund related activities. For more information, visit

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