The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international co-operation agency within the Swiss Foreign Ministry. SDC has always considered knowledge as a core resource for development. Its role has been further enhanced by the potential for networking and information exchanges offered by new information technologies Together with other federal offices, SDC is responsible for overall coordination of development activities and co-operation with Eastern Europe, as well as humanitarian aid.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is composed of signatories to the Georgetown Agreement between the ACP and the European Union, officially called the EU ACP Partnership Agreement or the Cotonou Agreement. The ACP Group of States consists of 79 Member-States, of which 48 are from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean, and 15 from the Pacific. The Group was originally created with the aim of co-ordinating co-operation between its members and the EU focusing on negotiating and implementing co-operation agreements with the European Community. Over the years, the ACP Group of States has extended its range of activities beyond development co-operation with the EU and now covers other issues such as trade, economics, and culture, in diverse international forums such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The main objectives of the ACP Group of States: (a) Promote sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order; (b) Co-ordinate the activities of ACP States in the framework of the EU ACP Partnership Agreement. (c) Foster and strengthen solidarity among ACP States, and understanding between ACP peoples and governments.
The European Union’s European Development Fund (EDF) is the main funding instrument in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement (EU ACP Partnership Agreement) for providing the European Community’s aid for development co-operation with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT). One of the objectives of the EDF is to promote the economic, cultural, and social development of the ACP states.
The Secretariat of Internet Governance Forum was set up to support the process started by the United Nations Secretary-General with a view to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue – the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
The Secretariat was headed by Markus Kummer as the executive co-ordinator of the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance, and was established by the Secretary-General at the request of the first phase of the Summit, in Geneva 2003, and reaffirmed in Tunis in 2005.
Verisign operates the constellation of servers that run the .com and .net domain name systems. For over a decade, Verisign’s Internet infrastructure has been at the very heart of the Internet, enabling key transactions and protecting valuable data. Verisign facilitates as many as 81 billion authoritative Domain Name System queries a day and has been providing this service since 1998 with 100% availability. Over the years the Verisign Internet infrastructure has scaled quickly, while continued investments ensure that it has the capacity to scale dramatically in the coming years as the world continues migrating applications to depend upon the Internet. A healthy, secure and predictable global Internet is of paramount importance to Verisign’s business. We believe that the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and 2005 and its outcomes, the convening of the Internet Governance Forum and the process of Enhanced co-operation, have contributed enormously to the stability, inclusiveness, viability and reliability of global Internet-based communications and commerce, which in turn helps the economic development of all nations.
Afilias is the world's leading provider of Internet infrastructure solutions that connect people to their data. Whether you need to connect to your domain name, the DNS, or RFID data, Afilias' technology connects you in a reliable, secure, stable, and globally available manner.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet, to promoting competition, to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities,; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) is an autonomous administrative agency under the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, with monitoring and regulatory responsibilities for the postal and telecommunications markets in Norway. The NPT is self-financed, primarily through fees and charges.
The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is the leading international multi-stakeholder network committed to harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable and equitable development. Ranging from grassroots practitioners to policy-makers, GKP members and partners are innovators in the practical use of ICT for development. Through GKP, governments, business and civil society organisations, share their experience, ideas, issues. While fostering meaningful exchanges and learning, GKP also provides the platform for building effective multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) to generate innovative and practical solutions to development problems, and creates opportunities for scaling up ICT initiatives and spreading their benefits.
The Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan (GLOCOM) has the mission of studying the information society and Japanese society from diverse perspectives, while at the same time aiming to be an "intelprise" that actively pursues joint activities with enterprises and the state (government). For more than a decade, GLOCOM has made policy proposals that contribute to the information society. The roles played by GLOCOM have been especially significant in the areas of information and communication. In the coming decade, GLOCOM plans to conduct studies in new areas, in addition to its basic studies on information and communication. These will be activities based on collaboration among industry, the government, academia and the general public.