ICC BASIS submission to enhanced cooperation consultation

    Prepared by the ICC commission on : Commission on the Digital Economy
    Publication date : 04/11/2010

    The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Tunis, November 2005, Tunis Agenda outlines the establishment of an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and enhanced cooperation amongst existing organizations that address Internet related issues.

    International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its BASIS initiative, Business Action to Support the Information Society have consistently urged that any process towards enhanced cooperation between existing organizations should be consistent with the Geneva Declaration and the Tunis Agenda which are consistent with the key principles described below. Governments already agreed in the Tunis Agenda that any enhanced cooperation “will involve all stakeholders in their respective roles”. Such cooperation must, of course, also be fully consistent with the WSIS mandate that Internet governance be “multilateral, transparent and democratic, with the full involvement of governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations.” 1
    ICC and its BASIS initiative include companies and business associations from across sectors and geographies and of all sizes. A special effort has been made to outreach to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) or organizations that represent SMEs for this submission, which reflects the views of a wide range of business interests.

    This submission serves as ICC-BASIS’ input ahead of the consultation which will be held on 14 December 2010. While we recognize the practical constraints that may exist for that consultation, and appreciate the fact that as an organization with consultative status to the UN ECOSOC, ICC will be present at this consultation, we note that this is not an open consultation which includes all non-governmental stakeholders from business, civil society and the Internet technical community.