About WGIG


The two documents adopted in Geneva, the Declaration of Principles and Action Plan, set the parameters for the WGIG and contain its Terms of Reference. The related paragraphs in English can be found here. Click here for the French version. 

The main activity of the WGIG will be "to investigate and make proposals for action, as appropriate, on the governance of Internet by 2005." The WGIG is asked to present the result of its work in a report "for consideration and appropriate action for the second phase of the WSIS in Tunis 2005." 

It is asked, inter alia, to deal with the following issues: 

- Develop a working definition of Internet Governance; 

- Identify the public policy issues that are relevant to Internet Governance; 

- Develop a common understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities of governments, existing international organizations and other forums as well as the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries.


The Secretariat

The Secretariat's activities are funded through extra-budgetary contributions paid into a Trust Fund administred by the United Nations. The Trust Fund so far received contributions from the following donors:

- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

- Numbers Resource Organization (NRO)

- The Swiss Education and Research Network (SWITCH)

In-kind contributions were received by the Office of the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG) and the Internet Service Provider Bluewin.

- Mailing Address

United Nations
Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10

Tel: +41 22 917 57 59, Fax: +41 22 917 00 92 , email: [email protected]

- Staff

Mr. Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator

Mr. Robert Shaw, Senior Advisor

Mr. Tarek Cheniti, Consultant

Ms. Hind Eltayeb, Administrative Assistant






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