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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) believes that the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) remains at the heart of the internet governance ecosystem. As APC has emphasised in its #TheIGFWeWant campaign, there is no equivalent space for enabling public participation, shared learning, monitoring of progress in achieving inclusive, human rights-based, people-centred internet and digital governance, and discussing the positive and negative impacts of the internet and internet policies in a multidisciplinary and multistakeholder setting.
APC extends its most sincere recognition and gratitude to the Government of Japan for their dedicated and careful planning and the overall excellent execution of this year's IGF. It also values the opportunity to share feedback on the overall execution of the IGF for both onsite and online participation and pre-IGF preparations.
This document summarises APC's reflections on the 2023 IGF in terms of what worked well and what did not work so well, in areas such as logistics, scheduling of workshops and sessions, challenges for onsite participation, and diversity and representation. . It also offers recommendations for the 2024 IGF.
Read the full text of APC's submission in response to the call for inputs to the IGF process of taking stock of this year's event and looking ahead to next year's here.