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9th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy


The 9th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy will be held on 21 February 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. The event is sponsored by a coalition of 25 human rights non-governmental organisations from around the world.

Held right before the main annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the summit will bring together human rights activitists, diplomats, journalists, and students, among others, for discussions on urgent human rights situations that require global attention. Human rights heroes, activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom, and join hands to plan action strategies.

Briefing for Heads of Missions: Digital Policy in South Eastern Europe

12:30pm - 2:00pm
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations in Geneva and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) will hold a briefing for Heads of Missions in Geneva, on 'Digital policy in South Eastern Europe'.
We are at the beginning of a new year, during which the digital policy agenda is likely to get even higher prominence in areas such as trade, human rights, and telecommunications discussions. These and other digital policy issues will be discussed in the framework of international organisations hosted in Geneva, as well as in the context of preparations for the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG), to be held in Ohrid, Macedonia (24-25 May 2017).

WSIS Forum 2017 Open Consultation Process: Second Physical Meeting


The second physical meeting of the Open Consultation Process for the WSIS 2017 Forum will be held on 14 February 2017, at the ITU Heardquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The meeting represents the third phase of the WSIS Forum Consultation Process, after its launch on 1 September 2016. 

ITU Expert Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations - 1st Meeting


The first meeting of the ITU Expert Group on the International Telecommunication Regulations (EG-ITRs) will be held on 9-10 February 2017, at the ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is open to ITU member states and sector members.

Digital Radio Week


The Digital Radio Week 2017 will be held on 6-9 February, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The event, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will feature, among others, a radiohack, discussions and exchanges of experiences on digital radio projects, the RadioDNS General Assembly, a Hybrid Radio seminar (to focus on emerging trends in the world on RadioDNS), an Automotive workshop (to discuss hybrid radio in the automotive environment), and the Digital Radio Summit. The summit will include discussions on topics such as: standardisation of digital radio via smartphone apps, deploying digital radio in the developing world, encouraging commercial broadcasters to embrace digital radio, user experience in hybrid radio, and linear vs online radio distribution.

ITU CWG-WSIS - 30th Meeting


The 30th meeting of the ITU Council Working Group on WSIS: Implementation of Outcomes (WG-WSIS) will be held on 7-8 February 2017, at the ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is open to ITU member states and sector members.

Geneva Engage Awards 2017

3:00pm - 5:30pm

There is a need to foster effective links between International Geneva and the communities worldwide that are affected by the policies discussed in Geneva. The Geneva Engage Awards are awarded every year to actors that have been the most effective in their social media outreach and engagement. The first Geneva Engage Awards ceremony was held in January 2016 as part of the Geneva Engage Conference.

There are three Geneva Engage Award categories: (a) International Organisations, (b) Non-Governmental Organisations and Non-Profits, and (c) Permanent Missions. The selection for the award is based on DiploFoundation's analysis on the innovative and effective use of social media.

This year, the Awards will be handed out during an event to be held on 8 February, between 15.00 and 17.30, at the DiploFoundation offices, WMO Building, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva.

ITU CWG-Internet - 9th Meeting


The 9th meeting of the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) will be held on 6-7 February 2017, at the ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is only open to member states.

ITU CWG-Internet - 4th Physical Open Consultation Meeting


The 4th Physical Open Consultation Meeting of the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) will be held on 3 February 2017, at the ITU Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland.

[Briefing] Internet governance in January 2017


[Update] Download our latest resources: The recording and digest of January's briefing | IG Barometer for January | Issue 17 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter | Top Digital Policy Developments in 2016: A Year in Review, which sums up the digital policy developments for 2016 | Dr Jovan Kurbalija's forecast for 2017, Digital Politics in 2017: Unsettled Weather, Stormy at Times, with Sunny Spells, which analyses the general backdrop for digital policy in 2017, and makes predictions on the ten main digital policy developments for 2017. Join us again for the next briefing, on 28 February 2017. Registrations are now open.

What were the main Internet governance updates in January, and how will they shape future developments? What can we expect in February? Join us for our next monthly briefing, on Tuesday, 31th January. While we look at the main Internet governance updates in January, and how they will shape future developments, we will also discuss last year's updates and the forecast for 2017. How will last year's updates influence the developments in upcoming months? What are the main predictions for the coming year?


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