NETmundial Initiative Declaration


7 JULY 2016 

The Inaugural Coordination Council of the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) was established in December 2014. It was mandated for 18 months with the mission of developing an operational framework for addressing Internet Governance issues and advancing the implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap.

The Inaugural Coordination Council shares its findings and presents its proposal for the future.

Findings, Achievements and Lessons Learned

1. Since their approval in April 2014, the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap have received broad recognition, and have been acknowledged in numerous international documents adopted by governmental and non-governmental actors, including the BRICS Declaration in Fortaleza in July 2014,  WSIS 10+ Outcome Document in December 2015, Takamatsu G7 Declaration in April 2016, OECD Ministerial Declaration in Cancun in June 2016, as well as in several European Commission documents, Council of the European Union Conclusions, European Parliament Resolutions and Council of Europe Declarations.

2. The NETmundial Initiative was established to help catalyze practical cooperation between all stakeholders in order to address Internet governance issues and advance the implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap. The initiative was designed and implemented under the supervision of the Inaugural Coordination Council, a global and diverse multistakeholder group covering four sectors (Academia, Technical Community and Foundations, Private Sector, Governments and Intergovernmental Organizations  and Civil Society) and five geographies. The Coordination Council operated in accordance with the NETmundial process principle of equal representation.

3. The NETmundial Initiative developed the NETmundial Collaboration Platform, a collaborative space aimed at helping catalyze practical cooperation between stakeholders around Internet governance projects and ideas, and the NETmundial Solutions Map, the first crowdsourced Internet governance mapping effort, where anyone can share and access information about internet governance, connecting issues, actors, responses, and resources.

4. The NETmundial Initiative raised awareness among stakeholders of the NETmundial principles and built on the positive multistakeholder outcomes of the conference.

5. The ongoing shared priority will be to monitor progress and implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap.

Next Steps

6. Beginning July 2016, will coordinate the NETmundial Collaboration Platform. is committed to providing the administrative and operational structures needed for it to achieve the goals envisioned by the Inaugural Council. will not be involved in funding the projects showcased through the NETmundial Platform. will provide further details on such structure and will work in close partnership with stakeholders from across the world in the development and operation of the Platform, following the collaborative model that guided the NETmundial Meeting in 2014.

7. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will ensure until 31 December 2016, that the NETmundial Solutions Map remains open and available for public access while exploring options with interested parties and relevant actors to secure a permanent caretaker for the map’s long-term sustainability and its collaborative and open nature. The scope of ICANN’s contribution will be limited to the dates and activity outlined in this paragraph.  

8. The development of a “NETmundial Follow-up Track”, within the scope of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be explored through preparation of a high level session on NETmundial progress at the forthcoming IGF in Guadalajara, Mexico, in December 2016. The objective is to consider the preparation of a NETmundial +5 in 2019 or a NETmundial +10 conference in 2024, to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the NETmundial Principles. This may serve as input into parallel processes taking place around the same time.

9. Moving forward, the activities outlined above will be developed and facilitated separately and under the responsibility of different entities.

The NETmundial Inaugural Coordination Council thanks the organizing partners of the NETmundial Initiative,, ICANN and World Economic Forum (WEF) and the NMI secretariat for their participation and their contributions through 30 June 2016.

The full list of Inaugural Coordination Council members can be found here


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