Delivered by Ayesha Hassan, ICC BASIS
Thank you Chair.
My name is Ayesha
Hassan. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute today on behalf of the
International Chamber of Commerce and its Business Action to Support the
Information Society initiative. ICC BASIS includes companies and business
associations from across industry sectors and geographies and sizes and serving
users and customers globally.
Any actions that
are taken should be guided by the Tunis agenda and build upon the work on
enhanced cooperation initiated by the UN Secretary General. Enhanced
cooperation is more than just intergovernmental relationships. The Tunis agenda
clearly refers to greater cooperation among existing organizations, not the
creation of new entities or processes. It
references the importance of existing institutions and organizations
engaged in Internet governance to improve their interactions and cooperation
across and between such organizations/institutions.
Over the last 6 years, the UN Secretary
General has developed a well established process for enhanced cooperation
through outreach to relevant UN agencies and also relevant multistakeholder and
technical organizations, including all stakeholders. We welcome the thoughts
shared today on how things have evolved and how there are now more living
examples of multistakeholder processes.
We concur with
previous speakers who emphasized that the Internet , its usage and the Internet
governance landscape have evolved since the WSIS in Tunis in 2006. This is
important to remember as we look at enhanced cooperation today. Focusing on the
definition of enhanced cooperation in the abstract would be counter-productive
and would not be informed by the complex reality of what is happening and the
evolutions since Tunis.
Many examples of enhanced cooperation have
been highlighted today by several governments and speakers. The IGF, the WSIS
action lines Forum and many other forums have catalysed enhanced cooperation
efforts. It is a fact. Our common goal should be to further the assessment and
discussion bearing in mind the multistakeholder word and spirit of the Tunis
agenda-----the role of all stakeholders is woven into all aspects of it. In
addition, the evolutions since 2006 underscore the critical role of cooperation
between stakeholders to accomplish these goals.
Given the evolutions that have occurred in
the past years, it would be useful to start the next phase of assessment of
enhanced cooperation with an affirmative analysis of these examples to create a
common understanding of how these efforts have been successful, and identify
areas where there are challenges that remain. This kind of assessment could
build on the annual performance reports process started by the UN SG and go
further to capture the many new initiatives that have emerged. In addition,
dialogue on Internet policy issues are taking place in many forums, let’s get a
comprehensive understanding of these discussions and assess where there are
unnecessary duplications. We appreciate that other speakers have also called
for such an assessment/mapping.
This assessment could then be the base for
further discussions at the CSTD.
As this assessment and analysis goes
forward, a few observations from our perspective:
The goal should be to get more
stakeholders to participate in the existing Internet technical organizations.
Governments and international institutions
should make their Internet policy related and decision-making activities more
open and inclusive of all stakeholders. Governments, regional, and
international organizations that have been more open, and that have shown a
commitment to enhanced cooperation, have proven to be more effective in their
Efforts to advance enhanced cooperation
must be founded on a commitment to openness, inclusiveness, and outreach, so
that the entities that may be affected by decisions are able to participate in
the development and implementation of those decisions. In this vein, the
Internet technical community is an essential stakeholder group along with
governments, business, and civil society, and should be recognized as such. As we move forward, we believe it is important to
remain sensitive to the limited time, human and financial resources of all
stakeholders and build forward instead of moving backwards. Thank you Chair.