Mr. Chairman, Ladies and gentlemen
In Montevideo, earlier this month, leaders of our organisations responsible for the management and coordination of the Internet technical infrastructure met to discuss among other things the future of Internet governance and identified the need for ongoing effort to address ongoing challenges. To this end, we agreed to catalyse community-wide efforts towards the evolution of global multi-stakeholder Internet cooperation.
What better place than the IGF to start these efforts! This meeting here in Bali allowed us to reach out to the stakeholders to explore how to move forward. Once again, if need there was, the IGF has proved its usefulness as a platform for multistakeholder dialogue. In our view, there is no better way to discuss important and delicate issues. It is a truism, but no stakeholder group can do it alone. Policy makers need the input from the technical community – the legal and regulatory framework needs to evolve based on a solid understanding of the underlying technology. Policy makers also need to understand what is economically viable and policy makers as well as technologists need to understand what is socially acceptable. The business community and civil society need certainty that their objectives can be met and their own important concerns can be addressed; that we have a safe and progressive path forward. Not everything that is feasible is desirable! For this reason the dialogue between all stakeholder groups is essential for a healthy Internet ecosystem.