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UNAP at Internet Governance Forum 2021

The United Nations Internet Governance Forum #IGF2021 took place from 6-10th December, 2021 at the International Conference Centre in Katowice, Poland! The headline of this year’s IGF was "Internet United", which means open, free and undivided internet where users have their rights. Krinal Shah Suri, International Affairs Coordinator at UNAP took part in the Forum and met with Krzysztof Szubert, the Prime Minister's Plenipotentiary for IGF.

This year's summit, which marked the 16th edition of the Forum, was held in a hybrid format, initiating and facilitating a global discussion highlighting key issues ranging from (cyber) security, human rights, technical, environmental, appropriate competencies, meaningful connectivity, to mention but a few.

Relating to the pandemic situation, it is evident that the digital divide widely exists - millions are not connected. In addition, the UN selected 83 workshops related to the protection of children on the internet, digital rights and obligations, sustainable consumption in e-commerce & freedom of expression on the Internet. There was also an IGF after party for young programmers, for sharing innovative discussions and activities on 10th-12th December 2021.

The official opening ceremony of IGF 2021 had great deliberations shared by speakers such as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres & Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Plenipotentiary for #IGF2021 Krzysztof Szubert. A global debate on the future of the Internet addressing:

  • Global data governance on shaping the inclusive digital economy.

  • Digital technologies have great potential and will transform the landscape of modern cities.

  • The role of artificial intelligence on Human Perspective.

  • Strengthening Global Digital Capacity Development up to the future of International Internet Governance.

  • Youth IGF, and more.

Even with many challenges, we are positive that the future of the Internet is bright but in order to achieve this all stakeholders need to step up to play their part. The young people at the event raised serious concerns about the limited participation of policy makers, and called for more engagement of this stakeholder category.

We the young people also pledge to accelerate engagement and participate in policy making processes. - said Krinal Shah Suri

Where are you in all this? We need your voice, your skills, we need you. Together we can make the Internet better, stronger, and safer. #IGF2021