After several days of talking about The Accra commitment, the Dakar Decklaration, the WGIG report, the GFC “Food For Thought doc and other texts, the African governmnental group today talked about the sub-committe “A” working methods, which is being called the “Singapore compromise”, whereby CS, & other stakeholders can make presentations, then leave room so governments could get on with their discussion. They would have no vote of course as it is a UN (government only) process.
Some governments are objecting to this change of UN procedure.
Amb Karklin came and spoke about the need for compromise. He asked that delegates don’t misuse procedure to delay and don’t re-open old agreements. He said we have 6 days left, lets maximise our time, his message was “it is doable”.
After further discussion, finally a consensus agreement was reached that CS, Business, others of the MS groups can make presentations, asked to leave the room, and then be consulted by the chair as and when needed.
A discussion ensued on definitions of Internet and Internet Governance.
A brief discussion of Sub-comitte B work followed.
A very brief discussion on whether an World Internet Day was needed, as an extension of World Telecommunications Day or a “Convergence Network” Day.