The Internet Technical Collaboration Group (ITCG) is launching a process to identify individuals who may serve as members of the 2021 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), on behalf of the Internet technical community. The ITCG will endorse qualified candidates for a one-year position on the MAG (renewable up to a maximum of three years), to be taken up at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General.
The MAG advises the U.N. Secretary General on the programme and schedule of the Internet Governance Forum meetings. It comprises approximately 50 Members from governments, the private sector, civil society, and technical communities. MAG members are expected to attend two to three MAG meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, in addition to the annual IGF meeting. They should participate actively in the preparatory process throughout the year, through engagement in the online multilateral dialogue among MAG members. Please note that candidates should be able to fund their travel to these events–some MAG members may be eligible to receive some funding support from the UN. It is expected that in this year’s renewal there will be approximately five seats to be filled by stakeholders from the Internet technical community.
Individuals may apply directly to the United Nations for a seat on the MAG; however, each stakeholder group (such as the private sector and civil society) has established its own processes to recommend well-qualified candidates that can represent its interests and concerns. The ITCG has historically played such a role for the global technical community stakeholder group, and seeks to recommend candidates with strong links to the technical community. More information about the ITCG and its set of standards is available here.
Individuals interested in being suggested by the Nominating Committee are invited to use the online form to submit a nomination. You may also download the Nomination Form and return it, along with a biography or CV, to [email protected] by 00:00 UTC on 3 August 2020. It is possible to nominate another person for consideration, as long as the person is aware that you have out forward their name. Preferred formats for document submissions are .pdf and .txt.
The ITCG IGF MAG 2021 Nominating Committee will transmit the names of selected nominees to the United Nations by 21 August 2020.