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  • Published 14.03.19

    IGF 2019 Call for Workshop Proposals

    IGF Internet Governance Forum

    The call to submit workshop proposals for the IGF 2019 is open to all stakeholders till 12 April 2019 23:59 UTC. at:

    Internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. The Internet Governance Forum - IGF is an annual open conference, initiated by the United Nations in 2006. Following a Multistakeholder advisory group meeting, three thematic areas were set on the agenda for workshop proposals, namely:

    1. data governance,

    2. digital inclusion, and finally

    3. security, safety, stability and resilience.

    The short narratives developed on each should be used as guidance. Proposals may be tagged with one or more key terms falling under the themes and selectable within the workshop form, with an additional 'write-in' option available. In addition, a number of illustrative policy questions have been provided for each theme, bearing in mind these are examples only and that proposers are encouraged to put forward their own questions. Diversity of viewpoint as well as inclusion of marginalised groups and youth are particularly encouraged in the application.

    The priority areas were arrived at based on contributions from 2018 IGF activities, the annual IGF stocktaking process, and the ‘Call for Issues’ for the 2019 programme. These were open to everyone and more than 300 submissions were received in the Call for Issues alone. These processes formed the basis of the MAG’s discussions and ensured that the programme topics are those that the global community deemed most critical and timely to Internet governance stakeholders and societies at large.

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  • Published 14.03.19

    Concept note for a General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

    Vereinte Nationen

    The Committee on the Rights of the Child will draft a General Comment on children’s rights in relation to the digital environment.

    The Committee invites all interested parties to comment on the concept note of the General Comment. Submissions are welcome on all aspects of the concept note for the General Comment, with a particular focus on the following:

    • The purpose and scope of the General Comment;
    • The structure of the General Comment;
    • General measures of implementation by State parties needed to realise children’s rights in relation to the digital environment;
    • Views on the issues and questions raised in the concept note; and
    • Suggestions for new issues for inclusion in the General Comment.

    In particular, the Committee welcomes relevant research evidence; knowledge of the sector; findings from consultations with children; examples of laws, policies or programmes; or evidence of good practice that would contribute to the drafting process.

    All submissions:

    • Should be submitted in one of the official languages of the Committee - English, French or Spanish;
    • Should be in one concise document focusing explicitly on the implications of the digital environment for the realization of children’s rights and must not exceed 6 pages;
    • Should include a short statement introducing the submitting organization or individual;
    • Should be submitted electronically in WORD format to the following email address:;
    • Shall not be translated; and
    • Shall be posted on the Committee’s webpage devoted to this draft General Comment.

    The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2019. No submissions received after this deadline will be considered or posted on the webpage.

    In parallel, consultations with children in diverse contexts across multiple countries, as well as with experts from relevant fields, will be undertaken to ensure that their perspectives are fully reflected in the General Comment. After due consideration of all inputs provided, the Committee will prepare a first draft of the General Comment for additional consultation with relevant stakeholders.

    The concept note is available.

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