ICC BASIS intervention.Informal preliminary consultation on CSTD working group

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on the Digital Economy
    Publication date : 16/09/2010

    My name is Herbert Heitmann, and I am Executive Vice President for External Communications for Royal Dutch Shell, and the Chair of ICC’s Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms.

    On behalf of the members of the International Chamber of Commerce and its BASIS initiative, Business Action to Support the Information Society, I am pleased to provide our comments on the composition, modalities and working methods of the CSTD working group on IGF improvements. You will notice that we very much agree with your proposal.

    ICC BASIS strongly supports the IGF and its continuity and we have been actively engaged in the IGF since its inception. The fact that the IGF brings together governments, intergovernmental and international organizations, business, civil society and the Internet technical community to exchange information and discuss important Internet governance policy issues is of great benefit to us all. Likewise, we believe that the multistakeholder and inclusive spirit and principles of the IGF have been extraordinarily successful and should continue to guide the composition, modalities and working methods of the working group you will convene. As important to the many achievements of the IGF in its short lifetime has been the voluntary, non-binding, and relatively informal nature of its discussions, which has permitted frankness and collaborative outcomes that are rarely possible in UN and other more formal international fora.