At the Closing Sessions of WSIS

01 Dec 2003

UN ICT TF Appropriate Forum to Host Internet Debate, Abu-Ghazaleh Argue

“This successful predominately ‘Developing World Summit’ in Geneva will hopefully take us to another “Developed/Developing World Summit in Tunis,” Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAGO) addressed the attendants at the final plenary session of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh, who is also Chair of E-Business Information Technology & Telecom Commission (EBITT) at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, submitted a significant proposal concerning the governance of the Internet. A debate was broken out between developing and developed countries over who is to lead the Internet.

Vice-Chair of the UN Information and Communications Technology Task Force (UN ICT TF), Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh suggested that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) be placed under the umbrella of the UN communications task force, which gives equal status to governments, private sector and nongovernmental organizations.

“The UN ICT TF provides the appropriate multi-stakeholders forum to host the Internet debate as called for by the Prepcom resolutions on Internet,” Mr. Abu-Ghazaleh pointed out.
Under his plan, the United States would have permanent presidency of the ICANN oversight committee. The International Telecommunication Union, a UN agency and the ICC would also have permanent membership, as would the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the UN Conference on Trade & Development.

According to this plan, each of the world’s five continents would have one elected representative on the committee, elected by the countries from the continent they represent. ICANN itself would continue to be based in the United States, governed by the US law, and the same people who carry out now the technical work would continue to do so.
The WSIS is held in two phases; the first phase took place in Geneva from 10 to 12 December 2003. It addressed the broad range of themes concerning the Information Society and adopted a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action.
The second phase will take place in Tunis, November 16-18, 2005.



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