IDEA Takes Center Stage at Ministerial "WSIS+10 High Level Event"

IDEA's Nick Ashton-Hart addressed attendees of the ITU-coordinated WSIS+10 High Level Event in Geneva 10-11 June 2014. 

He was the only speaker from the Internet sector during the ministerial speaking segment.

The text of the speech is here.

IDEA was also:

  • A signatory to a letter delviered to the ITU  taking issue with various irregularities in the preparatory process by the ITU Secretariat alongside more than thirty governments and other non-governmental organisations;
  • An active participant in in all stages of the "Multistakeholder Preparatory Process" (MPP) for the event, responsible for drafting the outcome documents agreed at the meeting itself, which may be found here.

The event was a part of the leadup to the decennial review of the World Summit for the Information Society ("WSIS").

IDEA Partipates at Salzburg Global Seminar's "New Dynamics in Global Trade Architecture: WTO, G20 and Regional Agreements"

Nick spent three days on the bucolic grounds of Schloss Leopoldskron from 30th April to 3rd May as a panellist and participant in their most recent seminar "New Dynamics in Global Trade Architecture: WTO, G20 and Regional Agreements"

He spoke on the future of the WTO and the need for the Post-Bali Agenda to include a non-negotiation based, informal track on the networked economy on the basis that "If the WTO isn't at least discussing the present and future of trade, how can it have a future?"

His ideas sparked good discussion throughout the event. IDEA is currently working on ideas for how to ensure the next two years of the WTO's work plan provide space for 'emerging issues.'

IDEA Statement at NetMundial

IDEA's Nick Ashton-Hart was at NetMundial and an active part of the two-day negotiations, including being the first speaker for the private sector from the floor with an intervention that resonated with policymakers

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