IGF Regional and National Initiatives

Youth Initiatives

Youth Initiatives of the IGF are created with a goal of encouraging and involving young people in a substantive discussion on Internet governance. These forms, as well as the national, sub-regional and regional IGFs (NRIs), are expected to follow the main IGF principles of being open, inclusive, non-commercial with multistakeholder participation during the whole preparatory phase and the event itself, all in line with a bottom-up decision-making process.



Besides these initiatives listed below, there are other examples of youth engagement at the IGF and in Internet governance, as described

this publication on Youth Engagement at the IGF

The publication outlines the Youth IGF initiatives established on national and/or regional levels; as well as some capacity development initiatives.



Regarding different forms of Youth engagement in the IGF processes, the IGF Secretariat recognizes the following practices:

  • Youth IGF initiatives (that can be independently organized; or integrated into the NRIs). For these, a recognition process is conducted in the basis of the Youth IGFs adhering to the core IGF principles and procedures, just as the NRIs.
  • Additional projects to build youth participation in Internet governance


Below table shows the current record of the existing Youth Initiatives.

The Youth IGF Afghanistan (YIGFA) is a youth-led and youth-focused initiative aiming to engage Afghan youth in Internet Governance debates and discussions.

Annual meeting Information
21 December 2019, Kabul, Afghanistan
Name of Coordinator
Elaaha Noorza

YIGF Africa is an open platform for younger generation to express and interchange their ideas and thoughts on Internet governance.

Name of Coordinator
Mahamat Silim

The Albanian Youth IGF initiative was established in 2018. It aims to create a multistakeholder process through which the Albanian Youth community will have opportunity to engage in Internet Governance discussions on national, regional and international levels.

Name of Coordinator
Dajana Mulaj
Primary Email address

The Youth IGF of Argentina was established in 2018. It serves as a forum for discussion and exchange space that aims to expand the voices of young people between 18 and 30 who are interested in Internet governance.

Annual meeting Information
29 July 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Name of Coordinator
Antonella Perini
Primary Email address

Youth IGF Initiatives integrated into the national, subregional and regional IGF inititives (NRIs)

The Azerbaijan Youth IGF initiative is established in 2019 with a main objective to provide an open platform to the youth community to discuss Internet Governance issues.

Annual meeting Information
4 March 2020, Baku, Azerbaijan

Since 2019, the multistakeholder organizing committee of the Belarus national IGF stated to facilitate a set of focused programme activities on youth engagement at the national IGF processes.

Annual meeting Information
18 November 2019, Minsk, Belarus
Name of Coordinator
Helen Belskaya
Primary Email address

Ghana Youth IGF is an integrated Youth-led initiative of the national Ghana IGF. It aims at engaging young people in Internet governance discussions.

Annual meeting Information
10 July 2020, Accra, Ghana

TBD

Annual meeting Information
26-28 June 2021, hosted online
Name of Coordinator
Sandra Hoferichter
Primary Email address

Additional projects to build youth participation in Internet Governance (1)

The YCIG is one of the IGF Dynamic Coalitions focused on supporting youth participation in local, regional and international Internet governance discussion and processes.

Annual meeting Information
The group hosts substantive sessions at larger Internet governance events.

Youth IGF Movement aims to give the opportunity of equal multistakeholder participation in the building process of the Information Society to teenagers and young people from different countries of the world. It was created in 2011.

Annual meeting Information
Multiple meetings. Details here.

The Youth Observatory aims to connect youth from various countries and regions in Latin America. It is focused on knowledge-sharing and enhancing youth engagement in Internet governance-related processes.

Annual meeting Information
Multiple meetings hosted throughout the year.