Welcome to IGF 2021

16th annual meeting

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

December 6-10

The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of Poland under the overarching theme: ‎‎‘’Internet United’’.

The programme is built around the six issue areas: (1) Economic and Social Inclusion and Human Rights, (2) Universal Access and Meaningful Connectivity, (3) Emerging Regulation: Market Structure, Content, Data and Consumer Rights and Protection, (4) Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change, (5) Inclusive Internet Governance Ecosystems and Digital Cooperation and (6) Trust, Security and Stability.

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DAYS

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SESSIONS

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COUNTRIES

1000+

SPEAKERS

IGF 2021 at a glance

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The 16th annual IGF hosted by the Government of Poland

The 16th annual IGF meeting will be hosted by the Government of Poland in Katowice from 6-10 December, under the overarching theme: Internet United.

Information for travelers to Host City Katowice as well as other tips and health measures is available at the IGF Website and the Host Country Website - COVID-19 INFORMATION

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IGF 2021 preparatory and engagement phase

The Preparatory and Engagement Phase is more than an introduction to this year’s IGF. It aims to engage people in IGF discussions and identify synergies between different activities to facilitate cooperation.

The pre-programme contains several session types, depending on facilitators and modes of organization. Read more on this Preparatory and Engagement Phase at its dedicated page.

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IGF Capacity Development

The IGF Secretariat, supported by generous contributions from its donors, supports community-centred processes in developing Internet governance capacity.

Parliamentary track

IGF 2021 Parliamentary Track

In recent years, the IGF has sought to strengthen the parliamentary dimension of the forum by facilitating the participation of parliamentarians in discussions on some of the most pressing issues related to the use, evolution and governance of the Internet and related digital technologies.

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IGF 2021 Third Open Consultations and MAG Meeting

The purpose of the third Internet Governance Forum (IGF) open consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meeting is to advance preparations for the IGF 2021 annual meeting and to take stock of ongoing IGF community intersessional activities and of other relevant Internet governance-related fora

IGF thematic tracks

IGF 2021 will feature live discussions on some of today’s most pressing Internet governance and digital policy issues, from digital inclusion and data governance, to online trust and environmental sustainability. The programme will included around sessions grouped into 2 main focus areas and 4 main emerging and cross-cutting issue areas.

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Economic and Social Inclusion and Human Rights

Main focus ​​area
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Universal Access and Meaningful Connectivity

Emerging and cross-cutting issue area
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Emerging Regulation: Market Structure, Content, Data And Consumer Rights and Protection

Emerging and cross-cutting issue area
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Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change

Emerging and cross-cutting issue area
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Inclusive Internet Governance Ecosystems and Digital Cooperation

Emerging and cross-cutting issue area
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Trust, Security, Stability

Session formats

Intersessional activities & NRIs

Youth at IGF 2021

IGF 2021 was committed to a meaningful engagement of youth in Internet governance. Several-months of online consultations with youth resulted in several youth engagement opportunities being organised during the IGF. The meeting featured a global IGF Youth Summit and ten networking lightning talks between senior Internet governance experts and youth.

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IGF 2021 Outputs

This section takes you to various types of outputs resulting from IGF2021.

 
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IGF Outputs

IGF 2021 summary; IGF 2021 messages; Press releases

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Intersessional Outputs

Best Practice Forums reports; Dynamic Coalitions papers

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Participant Outputs

Key takeaways; Policy recommendations; Voluntary commitments

IGF Village

During the 16th annual IGF, interested stakeholders can display or distribute relevant information about their Internet governance-related activities at the IGF Village. The IGF Village consists of physical and virtual display booths, located in the meeting's area and online in accordance with the hybrid nature of the meeting.

VISIT IGF VILLAGE

High-level sessions

In addition to the opening and closing sessions, IGF 2021 featured a high-level leaders tracks and a parliamentary session.

High-level speakers

Engaging with some of the world leading experts

IGF 2021 brought together experts and leaders from all stakeholder groups, including governments, civil society, private sector, technical communities, intergovernmental and international organisations and from all parts of the world, to engage in discussions on some of the most pertinent issues on Internet governance. The high-level leaders track featured a number of prominent speakers, such as the ones presented here.

About IGF

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a global multistakeholder platform that facilitates discussions on public policy issues pertaining to Internet governance. The IGF was one of the most important outcomes of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that mandated the United Nations Secretary-General to formally convene the Forum. 

Institutionally, the IGF is supported by the IGF Secretariat, administered by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), while the programme of the annual IGF meeting is developed by the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

Within IGF’s framework of intersessional work and annual meetings, stakeholders coming from all disciplines (e.g. governments, private ‎sector, civil society and technical communities) and from all parts of the world are discussing public digital policy, networking and exchanging best practices for an open, safer and accessible Internet for all.

More about the IGF

Read detailed information about IGF

IGF FAQs

See some of the most frequently asked questions(FAQs) about the IGF.

About the MAG

Read about MAG members, MAG working groups and chair activities