In summary, this was a successful Plenipot conference. The participating countries reached consensus and everyone left having achieved at least some of their goals. Neither the ITU constitution nor the charter were changed, a good thing because changes may very well have expanded the ITU’s mandate into issues of Internet policy that are best dealt with by other existing institutions. In addition, the ITU gained a better understanding of the need to work with the many stakeholders within the Internet ecosystem, as well as the ways through which it can have a positive impact on some issues that fall within its mandate. Significant gains were also achieved in terms of opening up some ITU processes and access to documents.
To download the full brief detailing the outcomes of major points of discussion at the Plenipot click here.
The United Nations review of implementation of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is well underway, while efforts to meet the September target for the IANA handover are intensifying.
Although not a policymaking event, the 25-29 May WSIS Forum resulted in a set of outcomes that will be sent on to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). The event included a dedicated panel to the IANA transition which can be consulted here: “IANA Stewardship Transition – A Live Example of a Multi-Stakeholder Process.”