IGF 2020 Main Session: Digital Cooperation

Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 17:50 to 19:20 UTC
About this Session:
Global Digital Cooperation is a defining aspect of our time. Cooperation within and between the public, private and civic sectors through multistakeholderism, including the whole world, is essential to the future we want. This session will build on the United Nations Secretary-General's Roadmap for digital cooperation to connect, protect and respect int he digital age, with a focus on the role of the IGF.
  1. Brief Description/Objective
    This session will engage participants in furthering global digital cooperation, with a focus on the IGF’s role therein.In June 2020 the UN Secretary-General called on all stakeholders to boost efforts to connect, protect and respect in order to ensure an inclusive, fair and safe digital future for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need for Digital Cooperation at the international level, in an increasingly interdependent world. Following the recommendations of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation in 2019, and the work of the co-champions and many involved stakeholders through 2020; the Secretary-General’s Roadmap offers a plethora of opportunities for the IGF community to support.This main session will be guided by the Roadmap on Digital Cooperation and the options paper presented to the Secretary-General. Participants will have the opportunity to make pledges and work towards an implementation plan for an IGF fit for purpose for our common digital future.
  2. Policy Questions
    1. Inclusion and Broader Participation: In what ways could you/ your stakeholder group further inclusion in global digital cooperation, particularly from so far underrepresented stakeholder groups, especially from the global south?
    2. Accelerated Cooperation: How should different stakeholder groups, organizations, processes and fora work better together, in order to bridge the gap between discussions and implementable solutions? What frameworks and models currently serve as best practices for cooperation? How might the IGF be better connected with other fora?
    3. Outcomes: What additional methods for concrete policy recommendations might be tested at the IGF, such that the forum remains a discussion body but facilitates a greater range of outcomes? What form of outcomes would support your work as a decision maker?
    4. High-level Engagement: What challenges currently exist in global digital cooperation, and what value could the IGF add in this area? How might the Multistakeholder High-level Body serve to address challenges in global digital cooperation, in tandem with the existing Multistakeholder Advisory Group?
    5. Communications & Financing: How might the visibility of the IGF be bolstered in order to promote adequate and reliable financial resources? What additional sources of outreach and financing should be considered?
  3. Session Agenda
    I.     Introduction to Global Digital Cooperation by ChairII.   High-level Segment
    - First Policy Question for each speaker
    - Second Policy Question for each speakerIII. Moderated Dialogue with audience
    - Lead Discussants
    - Open to audienceIV. Closing
                - Final word by speakers
    - Closing by USG Hochschild


  1. Chair and Moderators
    Chair: Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Digital Cooperation.
    Online Moderator: MAG Member Rudolf Gridl.