Event Wrap: IGF 2023

By on 7 Nov 2023

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Sylvia Cadena presents during the IGF 2023 Closing Ceremony.

APNIC participated in the Internet Governance Forum 2023 (IGF 2023), held in Kyoto, Japan from 8 to 12 October 2023.

The event welcomed 6,279 participants from 178 economies on site (with 3,000+ online), the largest attendance to date. There were 355 sessions held related to the main theme: ‘The Internet We Want — Empowering All People’.

APNIC activities:

  • Paul Wilson, Pablo Hinojosa and Joyce Chen met with: United Nations Under-Secretary-General Junhua Li for the Department of Social and Economic Affairs; Amandeep Singh Gill, the United Nations Tech Envoy; Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the ITU Secretary-General; and Vice Minister Ahmad Riza Patria from Indonesia. They also met with official delegations from CNNIC, and the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, and the UK.
  • Paul, Joyce, and Sylvia Cadena met with Vice Minister Yoshida Nobuhiro from Japan.
  • APNIC organized a town hall session on ‘Internet fragmentation and the UN Global Digital Compact‘ (GDC) and the importance the technical community has as a multistakeholder.
  • Paul spoke in the ‘Main Session on GDC: A multistakeholder perspective‘ and participated in meetings with the technical community and the civil society regarding the GDC.
  • Sylvia was invited to speak at the Closing Ceremony on behalf of the technical community.
  • Joyce finished her three-year tenure as a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).
  • APNIC hosted the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) booth alongside the RIPE NCC, sharing information on the role of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), the RIRs, and the technical community in Internet governance.
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