En la conmemoración del 25 aniversario de la Asociación para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones (APC), celebrada el 12 de noviembre en João Pessoa, Brasil, Carlos Afonso fue galardonado con el Premio Betinho 2015.
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First up, we rallied support for the Panel by making joint statements and writing to governments and encouraging other NGOs to support it as well.
Now that the HRC has voted to go ahead with a panel, we will try to work closely with the Swedish government on the terms of reference, to suggest experts, share our research and mobilise engagement as part of the Connect Your Rights! Campaign.
Yes! The panel outcomes may be weak if the “experts” are not of high quality or there is weak or ill-informed engagement on the issues, or the sponsoring State does not co-ordinate the process well.
There is no set procedure for Panels. Generally, it is up to the leading sponsor State to coordinate the identification of panelists and the general concept note of the meeting. A panel consists of a 3 hour formal UN debate – usually introduced by 4-5 experts in the field and high level personalities. States and some NGOs respond to that with their political statements.
A Panel is often seen as the softest, risk-free step that the Council can take on an issue. Sometimes these kinds of panels are criticized because of that – too weak an option, not really doing anything, delay tactic etc. On the other hand it is a good entry point for a new issue and it’s safe in the sense that there is no automatic follow up.
El 11º Foro de gobernanza de internet se celebra en Guadalajara, Mexico, del 5 al 9 de diciembre de 2016. Este documento ofrece información sobre políticas de internet desde 2015, prioridades de APC en las áreas de acceso, derechos humanos, género y ciberseguridad, reflexiones sobre cómo reforzar el foro e instituciones relacionadas, y actividades de APC en el FGI 2016.