Policy Analysis

Turning toward Sustainability? Looking at the Third Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum

By Maja Andjelkovic on March 17, 2009
In this commentary, IISD advisor Maja Andjelkovic reflects on the third meeting of the IGF held in Hyderabad in December 2008. Over time, she notes, the Forum has become increasingly concerned about sustainable development.

The Hyderabad meeting "seemed to mark a tipping point: whether due to a combination of IISD's and others' work within the Forum community, the urgency created by climate change issues among the general public, or a combination of the two, IGF 2008 participants actively sought guidance and advice on topics normally considered by sustainable development professionals, clearly expressing concerns about the wider economic, societal and environmental impacts of the Internet."