APNIC on the Bali IGF ________________________________________________________________________
The last few weeks have seen uncertainty regarding the planned Internet Government Forum (IGF) meeting which is scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia in October this year.
There has been widespread discussion about the possible cancellation of the Bali IGF for financial reasons, however we note that the event has still (so far) NOT been officially cancelled.
On behalf of APNIC, therefore, I would like to reassert our commitment to the IGF and our intention to continue preparing for active participation.
So for all parties interested in the IGF, and especially Internet stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region, I would urge you to continue to plan to participate in the next IGF, while bearing in mind the possibility of changed arrangements.
The IGF process relies on the whole community to pull together to participate in meaningful discussions that meet its mandate.
APNIC has participated actively in the IGF since its inception. We have been particularly committed to this year's IGF, which is taking place in the Asia-Pacific region. We have also been supportive of the truly multistakeholder IGF organizing committee in Indonesia and hope that it can surmount its current financial challenges to enable the event to take place as planned.
An important aspect of the recent developments is that they shed some light on the IGF’s organizational structure and that it could benefit from revision. We hope that the opportunity is taken to strengthen the IGF model by ensuring the greatest possible level of transparency for future event planning in all aspects of its design, budgeting, planning, and implementation.
APNIC, alongside many other members of the community, eagerly anticipates good news about the next IGF - with confirmation of arrangements in Bali - to enable attendees from this region and beyond to finally confirm their own arrangements to join a successful and valuable event.
We do look forward to seeing you in Bali!
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