[npoc] Hello from Beijing!
Dear Amber, When you have a moment, can you please include this report below to the npoc.org website? Thanks a lot Amber! Alain BEIJING NPOC CHAIR REPORT April 2013 Here is my report on NPOC activities since the Toronto meeting presented today in Beijing: Dear Council, 1) NPOC prepared an annual report for 2012. You can find it at www.npoc.org . 2) in the Internet Governance Forum in Baku: with the support of ICANN's travel support, three members of NPOC's Executive Committee attended from 6-9 November 2012. "Why is the participation of the social sector in the Internet Governance important for everybody?" 3) I can say with some degree of assurance and optimism that the NCSG-Executive Committee meeting in Toronto was an inflexion point and intra-stakeholders' group issues are now starting to be addressed in both substantive and relational terms. 4) We have or are participating in 6 WGs, by far in my opinion the best way for newcomers in NPOC to network and learn outside of their own Constituency. We have since had Poncelet Ileleji selected as a Member of the Meeting Strategic Working Group. 5) the Los Angeles inter-sessional meeting at the end of January 2013 was an important meeting in developing further contacts with other Constituencies from the Non-Contracted Side of the GNSO. 6) Launching of NPOC’s outreach plan. We have completed an outreach plan for 2013 for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and not-for-profits (NFPs) to increase their understanding of ICANN’s mission as well as of related Internet governance issues: Webinars, Workshops, Panels, Publications, and Membership Recruitment Events. The regional focus is on Africa and it will be Latin America in 2013/14. We have about 45% of our funding in place and hope to complete our fundraising over the next few weeks. 7) Two NPOC Executive Committee members from Africa participated in the African Top Level Domain workshop on "the DNS Industry in Africa" and in the Multi-stakeholderism in Internet Governance in Africa event. These events were held in Addis Ababa from 5 to 8 March 2013. Poncelet Ileleji from The Gambia YMCA and Olévié Kouami from INTIC4DEV in Togo represented our Constituency. We thank ICANN, in particular Pierre Dandjinou, VP of ICANN Africa and Matthieu Weill the CEO of AFNIC for supporting the travel expenses of my 2 colleagues. Poncelet and Olévié are co-chairs of NPOC's Program Committee. Poncelet talked about the importance of initiating governmental involvement in the Internet Governance process, especially in developing countries. This was a great moment in the sense that we were able to involve very new NPOC members in the process of representing civil society in Africa at an African event. 8.)NPOC is currently holding its 2013 elections. Results will be announced on May 12th <x-apple-data-detectors://10>, in about a month. 9.) We are planning two one day events in Durban and Buenos Aires on the role of civil society in the capacity building of the DNS sectors in Africa and in the Carribean and Latin America. Please join us in those events. 10.) NPOC, in collaboration with the GKP Foundation and ITU, has had 4 events approved by the WSIS. One event will be led by NPOC on the issue of Internet Governance next month in Geneva. 11) I leave the last word to two initiatives: i) the first one is called the i-Inform Alliance where we aim to reach the 98% of internet users who are not aware of the significance of internet governance on their l ives; ii) as a second initiative, we are aiming to create awareness in developing countries of the opportunities of gTLDs registration in the second round. If you are interested please come and see me. Thank you for your help since Toronto and making us welcome in the ICANN family! Alain Berranger -- Alain Berranger, B.Eng, MBA Member, Board of Directors, CECI, http://www.ceci.ca<http://www.ceci.ca/en/about-ceci/team/board-of-directors/> Executive-in-residence, Schulich School of Business, www.schulich.yorku.ca Treasurer, Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation, www.gkpfoundation.org NA representative, Chasquinet Foundation, www.chasquinet.org Chair, NPOC, NCSG, ICANN, http://npoc.org/ O:+1 514 484 7824; M:+1 514 704 7824 Skype: alain.berranger AVIS DE CONFIDENTIALITÉ Ce courriel est confidentiel et est à l’usage exclusif du destinataire ci-dessus. Toute personne qui lit le présent message sans en être le destinataire, ou l’employé(e) ou la personne responsable de le remettre au destinataire, est par les présentes avisée qu’il lui est strictement interdit de le diffuser, de le distribuer, de le modifier ou de le reproduire, en tout ou en partie . 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