Collaboration for Access and Connectivity in Developing Countries - The best routes of the past and the best practices for the future

The side event will show how connectivity and overall access have improved since WSIS 2005 through collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, and how a free and open Internet based on multistakeholder cooperation is an important component for development. Each participant will be invited to share practical experiences of working with governments, industry, civil society and the technical community to increase access and connectivity in the past 10 years. Speakers will be invited to inform a post-2015 Vision for collaboration to increase access and connectivity in developing countries, and how it relates to the implementation of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

Organizing Partners
  • The Internet Society (ISOC)
  • American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
  • Asia Pacific Network Information Centre  (APNIC)
  • Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC)
  • Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Slovenia: Ambassador Adrej Logar (Chairman of the Second Committee) will moderate this event.
Thematic Focus
  • Best Collaborative Practices from the past 10 years that have dramatically increased connectivity and overall access in developing countries since WSIS;
  • What the major stakeholders are planning for the next decade: and
  • How these plans can best be leveraged to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Moderator: H.E. Andrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations and Chair of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly
  • African Network Information Center (AFRINIC)
  • Anja Kovacs, Director of the Internet Democracy Project
  • Jose Cruz-Osorio, Team Leader, Responsive and Accountable Institutions, Governance and Peacebuilding Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UNDP 
  • Salam Yamout , Board Member, RIPE NCC
  • Carlos Afonso, Member of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee
  • Raul Echeberria, Vice President of Global Engagement, ISOC
  • Dominique Lazanski, Director of Public Policy, GSMA
  • Adiel Akplogan, Vice President of Technical Engagement, ICANN
Potential Contribution to the WSIS Summit
The event is designed to demonstrate how a collaborative approach is required to address the challenge of access and connectivity in developing countries, and how a multistakeholder driven Internet can serve as a vehicle to implement the UN’s newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The event will focus on collaborative efforts of all stakeholders over the past decade, and seek to identify concrete proposals on how to achieve access for “The next Billion” within the timescale of the SDG’s.   

Contact Information
Constance Bommelaer

Roy Gahnberg


Logistical Information

Date: Wednesday 16 December 2015
Time: 13:15 - 14:30
Location: UNHQ, Conference Room 12