World Trade Organization: “The Bali finish line is clear and in sight”

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told the Trade Negotiations Committee on 25 October 2013 that he has been intensively consulting with delegations, focusing on “specific issues, paragraphs and even words” of the Bali package that have been identified as requiring urgent attention. He called on members to “build upon the excellent momentum from your work on LDC (least-developed countries) issues” and for work to “intensify even further at all levels, every day and every night”.

More information: http://wto.org/english/news_e/news13_e/tnc_infstat_25oct13_e.htm

 

SURVEILLANCE ISSUES OVERSHADOW TALKS AT END OF INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (IGF) 2013

Future of Internet could be shaped by global reaction to surveillance, participants say

Bali, Indonesia, 25 October 2013 - As a stream of surveillance revelations continues to seize the attention of governments and public opinion alike, the largest global multistakeholder meeting on Internet governance, known as the IGF, concluded today in Bali, Indonesia, by confronting surveillance as the major “emerging issue” of the year.

Referred to as “the elephant in the room” in the opening session, the issue of surveillance cast a long shadow over the discussions at the four-day forum – a UN-convened annual meeting that drew more than 1,500 representatives of governments, civil society, technical community and private sector from 111 countries, with hundreds more participating remotely.

 

See the press release in its entirety at http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2013/IGF2013%20Press%20Release%20END%20FINAL%2020131025.pdf.

 

ICANN's Draft Vision, Mission & Focus Areas for a Five-Year Strategic Plan

In line with ICANN's commitment to the multi-stakeholder model, a working draft – ICANN's Draft Vision, Mission & Focus Areas for a Five-Year Strategic Plan [PDF, 313 KB] – is provided for community discussion and public comment. It proposes a new Vision, reiterates ICANN's existing Mission, and describes five proposed Focus Areas with goals. At this stage of development, ICANN is seeking general feedback, as well as input on measurable outcomes for Focus Area Goals. Your responses will help inform additional aspects that are not yet included, but will be elements of ICANN's final strategic and/or operating plans and budget.

Public comments can be made at http://www.icann.org/en/news/public-comment/strategic-29oct13-en.htm

 

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