ICC BASIS is active at many fora and events relating to the digital economy, ICTs, Internet governance and entrepreneurship. This includes the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the WSIS action lines and follow-up process and a number of UN bodies and other international organizations.

ICC BASIS advises governments and other concerned parties on how to put in place investment and business friendly frameworks, which include conditions such as rule of law and pro-competitive policies. It assures and coordinates participation from business at meetings such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), WSIS follow-up and implementation activities. ICC BASIS also contributes to other UN forums, such as the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), which assesses post-WSIS activities and development issues.

In addition, ICC BASIS promotes partnerships and facilitates exchange of information between different stakeholders on Internet governance issues in these forums. BASIS has direct access to governments in over 90 countries through ICC's national affiliates. Through ICC BASIS and the Commission on the Digital Economy, ICC coordinates and contributes to the work of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Council of Europe and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Across UN agencies on WSIS follow-up activities

ICC served the global business community during both the 2003 and 2005 WSIS summits and was subsequently asked by business to continue this work convening and sharing business views in the WSIS follow up activities; and so BASIS was created. In addition to providing valuable business input and expertise, ICC raises awareness across the business community to explain how the important Internet governance dialogues and deliberations affect business interests and strengthening private sector engagement.

ICC BASIS is the most authoritative private sector voice at UN forums and UN agencies where Internet governance and ICTs for development are key topics. ICC works with several UN agencies, including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In this role, ICC also functions as an important interlocutor and through ICC, these agencies are able to share their concerns with the global business community.

Leveraging ICC's highest level consultative status to the United Nations amplifies broad business positions and priorities. ICC BASIS provides a cost-effective way for members to stay attuned to developments and to insert business views through a respected and recognized collective voice as ICC is not just consulted but listened to - whether speaking on high level panels or participating in expert-level discussions.

See the latest ICC BASIS positions advocated across UN agencies here.

See ICC BASIS' involvement in the WSIS follow-up over the years.

Internet Governance Forum and Multistakeholder Advisory Group

ICC BASIS has been actively engaged since the inception of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). It provides business experts and encourages business participation in the IGF and works with other stakeholders to align efforts or improve understanding where fruitful. Each year ICC BASIS is asked to nominate business members to the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), the group responsible for bringing thought leadership to the content, planning and execution of the annual IGF. ICC BASIS provides speakers and substance to the programme of the IGF, contributing to the development of themes, main sessions, workshops and outputs.

See more about ICC BASIS involvement in the IGF here.


ICC BASIS has served as an active voice for broad business interests in the evolution of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

In 2014, ICC BASIS was asked to hold a seat on the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) to ensure a broad business perspective was factored into the IANA Stewardship Transition deliberations.

The diversity of business interests within ICC's members does not always allow for an broad business input on specific policy topics at ICANN. However, ICC BASIS members work on specific community interests in ICANN and contribute to information sharing and where possible consensus building through ICC BASIS on issues where collective vigilance is warranted and a common voice is beneficial, such as ICANN accountability deliberations.

See the latest ICC BASIS positions regarding the work of ICANN here.


At the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance ("NETmundial") in Sao Paulo (Brazil) on 23-24 April 2014, ICC BASIS, as the most experienced and representative private sector organization in the IG space, was called upon to negotiate the multistakeholder principles and roadmap to ensure a balanced outcome that did not override or discount the role and interests of business.

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