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Commons Input |Tenth Annual Meeting of Internet Governance

Latest Commons Cluster statement on the World We Want to Heads of State

Your Excellency,

The upcoming Tenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015 and the World Summit on the Information Society +10 (WSIS+10) conference to be held in New York this December provide all Governments with opportunities to effectively implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using the Internet and the 2030 Agenda. The Internet is indeed an extremely powerful tool.

The very openness of the Internet, with its fast growing collaborative economy and other resources, its increased inclusiveness and diversity can level the playing field among rich and poor, empower individual citizens, businesses and governments at all levels by providing an exchange of best practices and other resources (many for free) on a global scale. A web portal with universal access dedicated to the implementation of the SDGs could spearhead a worldwide exchange and empower people everywhere.

To make the most of the Internet as a resource for the work all Member States have undertaken for the coming 15 years, it is essential to safeguard multi-stakeholder participation.

The Institute for Planetary Synthesis (IPS), an ECOSOC-accredited NGO and founding Member of the Commons Cluster of the UN’s NGO Major Group, would like to draw your attention to the potential uses of the Internet as outlined in the enclosed project: A World on the Web that Works for All. This initiative is an expansion of the UN Secretary General’s Online Global Platform for Technology Transfer. Both IPS and the Commons Cluster are dedicated to supporting UN Member States in their search to develop communities and economies at all levels, dedicated to the well being of all people and nature.

This proposed World on the Web can be implemented gradually by schools, cities, UN Member States as they are ready. Until all have joined they can use the Internet itself to locate necessary resources. But if all nations are to be able to make use of this opportunity, it will be essential to ensure universal access to the Internet for all—rich and poor. Some developing countries like Rwanda where there is already universal access to the Internet are demonstrating that it is possible.

We should be extremely grateful if you could pass on this email and attached file to any persons in your Government who will be involved in the Conferences and stress how important it is to all Nations that we have an Internet with universal access to encourage multi-stakeholder participation in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Yours respectfully,

Representatives of the Institute for Planetary Synthesis:

Dr. Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group