The adoption of the Principles by the NETmundial Conference in São Paulo has shown that multistakeholder collaboration can produce concrete and useful outcomes if all stakeholders are working hand in hand in their respective roles on equal footing.

The NETmundial Initiative has now the great opportunity to further enhance this multistakeholder approach by translating the São Paulo Principles into actions via projects that will bring solutions to the broad range of Internet related policy problems, make the innovative multistakeholder Internet governance model more sustainable and strengthen the IGF as the main annual discussion platform for the global Internet community.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter
University of Aarhus, Denmark
ICANN Board and Professor

The Internet and rapid adoption of digital technology have led to a dramatic redistribution of power to non-state actors, many of whom now play a central role in the enjoyment of human rights. There is an urgent need for new thinking about distributed, multistakeholder governance and how to ensure protection of human rights in this changed environment.  The NETmundial Initiative is directed to this challenge.

Eileen Donahoe
Human Rights Watch
Director of Global Affairs

History and science both teach that rigid and centralized structures are more likely to break rather than bend. Successful and lasting institutions are those that are able to withstand unanticipated change as a result of their flexibility and ability to coordinate with others. NETmundial is a step toward helping the world reinvent its institutions of Internet governance into flexible, evolving, participatory institutions that are effective, coordinated and legitimate.

Beth Simone Noveck
The Governance Lab at NYU

The NETmundial Initiative can contribute towards finding solutions or rather pointing to parts of the IG ecosystem where solutions could be looked.

Janis Karklins

As Africa is shaping its framework for Internet governance, I believe that the NETmundial Initiative has the potential to help Africans—and everyone—approach IG issues in a way that is dynamic, distributed and focused on promoting global cooperation.

Nii Quaynor
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Afilias fully supports the NETmundial Initiative. As the Internet continues to transform societies and empower people, its dynamic nature requires an agile governance model. The NETmundial Initiative is key to developing an effective and distributed Internet governance system, conducted in an open, collaborative, bottom-up process, involving all sectors of society – industry, technical bodies, government, academia and civil society. Distributed Internet governance encourages accountability, advances the public interest, and empowers innovation among talented people everywhere in the world.

Ram Mohan
Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Egypt recognizes NETmundial Initiative as a tangible achievement and addition, where all stakeholders, including those coming from the developing countries, participates on equal footing to identify solutions at every level for the different Internet governance issues, hence maximizing the multitude of new ideas on how to enhance the Internet architecture based on the model of multistakeholderism.

Atef Helmy
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt

I welcome the NETmundial initiative announced today, which is based on the principles and roadmap developed in Brazil last April by the global Internet multistakeholder community. I hope it will be successful in advancing multistakeholder Internet governance that is open, transparent and allows for the participation of all interested parties.

Penny Pritzker
United States Government
Secretary of Commerce

The Nigerian Government is committed to working in a collaborative manner to solve global and national challenges; the NETmundial Initiative is no exception.  As Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, I value the kind of concrete resources that this initiative will create to help me solve problems like affordable access to the internet and cyber security. The solution mapping will allow officials like myself to quickly find out where to go, learn who else has worked on such issues, and what solutions they came up with. This will help us build our own collaborative solutions.

Omobola Johnson
Federal Ministry of Communication Technology of Nigeria

The Internet is on the cusp of delivering the tremendous benefits that it has brought to the developed world to the developing world. As the global Internet community, we have a responsibility to ensure this is accomplished in a manner that respects the political and philosophical differences that may exist among the globe’s citizens, without losing the spirit of the free and open Internet – a daunting challenge.
This can only be successful through the bottom-up, multi-stakeholder process that is embraced by the Netmundial Initiative. It is this very process that has driven the innovation and creativity that has defined the Internet as a driver of positive social and economic progress. However, this process only works if we approach these important discussions good faith, and in an open and transparent way.

Byron Holland
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
President and CEO

The NETmundial Initiative is an important effort to address Internet governance, a topic that truly matters to the billions of people who use the Internet every day, and to the billions more who will come online in the years to come. It is also an important topic for global commerce and requires strong participation from the business community to preserve the Internet as an open, accessible, stable and secure platform. I am pleased with the consensus among the NETmundial Initiative's multiple stakeholders to get this right and ensure that future generations will realize the benefits offered by the digital economy.

Pierre Nanterme
Chairman & CEO

Internet has expanded massively over the last years based on mobile connectivity and private investments. This has brought an unknown diversity of Internet users, cultures and views to the Internet which needs to be reflected in the way this truly global platform is governed. The existing system of bottom-up, multistakeholder processes has served the Internet very well in the past, but needs to keep evolving in a much more complex international policy setting. NETmundial Initiative should be well placed to give guidance during this process in an open, transparent and inclusive way.

Christoph Steck
Telefónica, S.A.
Director of Public Policy & Internet

About the NETmundial Initiative

Since its official launch on 6 November 2014, the NETmundial Initiative has held public consultation sessions about its organization, role and activities with all interested parties. Given its iterative nature, the input received has and will continue to shape its way forward.

All those involved with the Initiative are unwavered in their commitment to align the original intent of this process with the expectations and aspirations of the community in order to better serve the future of Internet governance according to the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement.


Diverse, global participation is a necessary component that embodies the NETmundial spirit and the multistakeholder, bottom-up approach endorsed as the way forward in improving the existing Internet governance framework. The global Internet community is invited to contribute proposals or ideas for distributed Internet governance. Contribute here.