Formal proposals regarding the CWG-Internet

[This post is part of a series on the ITU Council 2013 discussions on CWG-Internet. To read from the beginning, go here.]

There were four CWG-Internet related proposals by Member States and one proposal by the Secretary-General:

Contribution 64, ITU Secretary-General

Annex A of the report on WTPF-13 was a draft resolution, Participation of all Stakeholders in the Council Working Group on international Internet-related Public Policy Issues. It recommended that, given the success of multistakeholder participation in WTPF-13, PP-14 make CWG-Internet open to all stakeholders. It recommended that in the interim, the CWG-Internet be make open to all stakeholders on a provisional “test” basis. The rationale for the “test” opening of the CWG-Internet before PP-14 was that it would help Member States at PP-14 make a better-informed decision on how the dynamics of multistakeholderism in the group would work.

Contribution 67, Russia

This proposal states that as many WTPF-13 delegates supported both the need to define the role of governments in the Internet governance model and the need for further discussion of the issues raised in Brazil’s “Opinion 7“, the CWG-Internet should define general principles for State participation and the role of governments in the Internet governance model for consideration at PP-14.

Despite the similarity to the “operationalizing enhanced cooperation” discussions happening at the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC), the proposal avoids directly referring to “enhanced cooperation”. Instead, it refers to WTPF-13 Opinion 5 by number, rather than by its full title, On supporting operationalizing the Enhanced Cooperation Process.

Contribution 69, USA

USA proposed amending Council resolutions 1336, which created the CWG-Internet in 2011, and 1344, which in 2012 defined how CWG-Internet open consultations would take place. USA proposes opening CWG-Internet to all stakeholders and making all CWG-Internet documents freely available to all. The successful use of open and transparent discussions during the deliberations of the Informal Experts Group during WTPF-13 preparations is used as the reason to open the CWG-Internet.

Contribution 70, Sweden

Sweden’s proposal suggests that all CWG-Internet documents should be freely accessible to all stakeholders, with a provision that, on a case-by-case basis, individual documents still be kept accessible to governments only, if felt necessary. This is Sweden’s second attempt to get CWG-Internet documents made publicly available. The first time was at last year’s ITU Council 2012 meeting, where it submitted Contribution 65, Contribution from Sweden – Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet. It uses WTPF-13 as an example of how well multistakeholderism can works within ITU’s Internet-related discussions.

Contribution 84, Poland

Poland proposed holding a discussion to amend Plenipotentiary Resolution 102 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) to open CWG-Internet to other stakeholders. Note that the proposal isn’t to open the CWG-Internet. It’s a proposal to discuss opening the CWG-Internet. As with the USA, Sweden and ITU Secretary-General proposals, it uses the success of multistakeholder participation at WTPF-13 to explain why opening the CWG is a good idea.

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