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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) values the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a convening space to substantively engage in and contribute to internet policy discussions at various levels with a broad range of stakeholders, not only during the global session, but also throughout the intersessional work and the regional and national IGFs.
APC sees the IGF as a critical piece in internet governance and global digital cooperation ecosystems, with a role in bringing together key stakeholders for policy dialogue, collaboration, coordination, capacity building and networking, and as a platform to raise human rights concerns and contribute to shaping internet policies worldwide.
We want to express our appreciation to all who made the IGF 2022 possible: the Secretariat, the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), the MAG chair, the government of Ethiopia and the diligent team of volunteers, providers of financial support to the IGF, and all those who contributed to intersessional work, national and regional IGF initiatives (NRIs), and the annual global event itself.
The 2022 edition continued to explore creative ways to bring to practice the hybrid format and to address challenges related to inclusion and participation, particularly of stakeholders from the global South.
This document summarises APC's reflections on the 2022 IGF in terms of what worked well and what did not work so well, in areas such as the preparatory process, the hybrid format, the programme, logistics, inclusion, diversity and safety. It also offers recommendations for the 2023 IGF.
Read the full text of APC's submission in response to the call for inputs to the IGF process of taking stock of last year's event and looking ahead to this year's here.