Posted on September 28, 2011

ictQatar Secretary General, Dr. Hessa Al-Jaber, is leading Qatar's delegation at the Sixth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2011 taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 27-30 September 2011 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). With over 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries, representing Governments, the private sector, civil society, International organizations and the media, the Forum examines the latest cross-border Internet governance challenges.

This year's IGF theme is "The Internet as a Catalyst for Change: Access, Development, Freedoms and Innovation." Over the course of the Forum, participants will discuss means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world in addition to finding ways to strengthen the engagement of stakeholders in existing and future Internet governance mechanisms. Dr. Al-Jaber attended the opening ceremony, which featured a keynote speech from Thomas Steltzer, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA). 

"We hope the Forum will further define the emerging issues in Internet governance and set the path for the way forward," said Steltzer. 

"Internet is a positive medium of change and human development and there is a great expectation that the next four days will provide stimulated debate across all key Internet governance challenges and opportunities thanks to IGF's multi-stakeholder approach."


Prior to the opening, Dr. Al-Jaber participated in the High Level Ministerial session, organized by the Government of Kenya and the International Telecommunications Union. Statements from ministers from around the world were delivered during the session, setting the tone for the dialogues and interactive sessions to follow at IGF. 

Qatar's delegation is participating in a variety of working sessions with the goal of advancing Qatar's digital agenda. In addition to Dr. Al-Jaber, the delegation includes Fadhel Alanzi, Chair of Qatar's Chapter for Internet Society; Howaida Nadim, Executive Director of Strategic Planning at ictQatar; Fatma Al Noaimi, Cyber Safety Section Manager at ictQatar; Ammar Mohammed, Social Media Manager at Al-Jazeera; Sami Mubarak, Web Developer at Mada; Mohammed El-Bashir, Section Manager for Numbering, Interconnection & Internet Domains at ictQatar; and Salwa Fakhroo, Institutional Relations Manager at ictQatar. 

ictQatar will also be hosting a workshop on Internet Domain Names at the Forum, titled "IDNs: Implementations, Challenges and Opportunities." The Qatar Domains Registry will be highlighted at the workshop, which will be held on September 28th. 

The Forum focuses on six key areas: Critical Internet Resources, including Internationalized Internet Domains, Internet of Things and Internet Protocols; Internet Governance for Development; Emerging Issues, such as copyrights, mobile and cloud services, cloud governance and Green ICTs; Security, Openness and Privacy; Access and Diversity; and Taking Stock and the Way Forward, which centers around proposed improvements to IGF.